State Honors HSD Director

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will formally recognize Ann Gibbons, director, HSD Board of Education, as one of five 2013 Missouri Pioneers in Education as part of the 52nd annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators. More than 500 school district leaders will be in attendance.

Missouri Pioneers in Education are recognized for their distinguished careers and unique contributions to public education, either at the state or local levels.

Since the inception of the award in 1974, only 252 individuals have been named to the select group of Pioneers. This group included outstanding and long-serving school teachers and administrators, dedicated local board of education members, college and university dean and presidents, and former legislators and governors.

This year, Gibbons will be joined by Christopher “Kit” Bond, Carl Fisher, Jack Kinder and Roberzene Price.

State Board of Education President Peter F. Herschend and Commissioner Dr. Chris Nicastro will present the awards.

“The 2013 Pioneers in Education have made a lasting impact on education in Missouri,” said Nicastro. “These great leaders have given their time, talents and treasure to better serve the children, and future, of our state.”

Gibbons was elected to the HSD Board of Education in 1981. While serving on the board, Gibbons helped to restore the 150-year-old one-room Old Coldwater Schoolhouse, advocated for more than $300 million in bond issue improvements and assisted with the implementation of full-day kindergarten.

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