Recipients of the Learning & Liberty Award

The NSPRA Learning & Liberty Award reflects the symbolism of The Education Flag of Learning and Liberty and is given in recognition of outstanding collaborative efforts between schools, business and community, and the home, and to foster respect, understanding and civic cooperation between people of all backgrounds and beliefs. This is a special purpose recognition used to honor individuals deemed to embody the tenets and symbolism of the award and who demonstrate a deep commitment to education and strong support for effective communication and the mission of NSPRA.

  • 2017: Joe Krumm, APR, director, community/government relations, North Clackamas School District, Milwaukie, Ore., NSPRA past president
  • 2010: Jamie Vollmer, public education advocate/speaker, Vollmer and Associates, Fairfield, Iowa
  • 2009: Paul Houston, Ed.D, director emeritus, AASA, and president, Center for Empowered Leadership, Allentown, N.J.
  • 2008: Wendy Puriefoy, president, Public Education Network, Washington, D.C.
  • 2006: Dr. David Mathews, president and CEO, Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Kettering, Ohio
  • 2004: Virginia Fox, Secretary, Education Cabinet, Kentucky Education Cabinet, Frankfort, Kentucky
  • 2003: Barry Gaskins, APR, NSPRA past president
  • 2002: Jim Turner, academic coach, Play It Smart, Arvada, Colorado
  • 2001: Bill Mashaw, Study Connection program, Durango (Colo.) School District
  • 2000: Amy Fisher, past Northeast Region vice president and consultant, ACME Communications, East Brunswick, NJ
  • 1998: Sandy McDonnell, McDonnell Douglas
  • 1997: Pat Ordovensky, Educational Consultant
  • 1996: Bob Grossman, ASPR, NSPRA past president
  • 1995: Ann Barkelew, APR, NSPRA past president
  • 1994: Nick Goble, APR, NSPRA past president
  • 1993: Dave Smoker, APR, NSPRA past president
  • 1991:
    • AT&T
    • American Express Company
    • Amoco Corporation/Amoco Foundation
    • Apple Computer Inc. —Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow, Apple Computer Inc.
    • Ashland Oil, Inc.
    • Audodesk, Inc.
    • Burger King Corporation
    • Dow Jones Newspaper Fund
    • Hasbro Children’s Foundation
    • Honeywell, Inc.
    • IBM Corporation
    • McDonald’s Corporation
    • McKesson Foundation, McKesson Corporation
    • Polaroid Corporation, Polaroid Education Program
    • Procter & Gamble
    • Prudential Foundation
    • RJR Nabisco
    • Sara Lee Corporation
    • ServiceMaster Company
    • Westinghouse Electric
  • 1990: Rene Poussaint, WJLA-TV (ABC) Channel 7
  • 1988: David Rockefeller, Jr., Chair, Recruiting Young Teachers
  • 1987:
    • Lloyd Saughers, Superintendent, Brevard County Schools
    • Chevon Baccus, APR, Public Information Specialist, Brevard County Schools
    • Rich Williams, Southland Corporation
  • 1986:
    • Bonnie Ellison, APR, NSPRA past president
    • Larry Ascough, NSPRA past president
    • Southland Corporation
    • Department of the Army
    • Edward L. Bernays