RESOLUTION COMMENDING CHARLES WILLIS, JR., 2005 RECIPIENT OF THE MILKEN FAMILY FOUNDATION NATIONAL EDUCATOR AWARD
WHEREAS, the Alabama State Board of Education supports efforts to reward Alabama’s outstanding educators for their contributions to the educational experiences of Alabama’s students; and
WHEREAS, the Milken Family Foundation and the Alabama Department of Education provide Alabama teachers the opportunity to participate in the National Educator Awards; and
WHEREAS, the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards were established in 1985 to acknowledge educators’ crucial contributions to our national well-being, and to provide public recognition and financial rewards to talented elementary and secondary educators; and
WHEREAS, in 2005, 100 secondary educators in 48 states and the District of Columbia will receive Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards, and Mr. Charles Willis, Jr., was one of only two in Alabama to receive this prestigious award in honor of his efforts on behalf of the nation’s schoolchildren; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Willis, principal of Smith Middle School in the Birmingham City School System, devotes countless hours, giving of his time to the educational instruction, leadership, and vision of his school, and the respect he has earned from parents, teachers, staff, and colleagues is indicative of his professional approach and inclusive leadership style:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education does hereby commend Charles Willis, Jr., for achieving this prestigious honor and becoming Alabama’s 20th Milken Educator; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education does hereby commend Dr. Wayman Shiver, Jr., Superintendent, Birmingham City Schools, and Smith Middle School for their support of Mr. Willis and of public education.
Done this 8th day of December 2005.