Past Winners

dunaway haney amy 2017 - Amy Dunaway-Haney

Amy Dunaway-Haney is a 1992 graduate of Bowling Green State University. She received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish education and went on to earn degrees from the University of Dayton in school counseling, professional counseling and clinical counseling. She has spent the last 25 years as a high school Spanish teacher at Kettering Fairmont High School. In addition to teaching, she is a textbook author and editor, a family counselor, and an advocate for muscular dystrophy. She also completed the National Board Certification process in one year. Dunaway-Haney continues to grow in her profession and her ability to teach Spanish, and she gives back to the field of education in countless ways, including presenting innovative workshops for university students, foreign language conferences and charter schools. She also plans annual trips to Spanish-speaking countries with her students.


2016 - Jo Beth Gonzalez

Dr. Jo Beth Gonzalez holds a B.S. in education and Ph.D in theatre from Bowling Green State University and an M.F.A. in directing from the University of Minnesota. A 29-year veteran of secondary theatre education, she teaches theatre for grades 8-12 at Bowling Green High School. Gonzalez is the author of "Temporary Stages: Departing From Tradition in High School Theatre Education" (Heinemann 2006) and "Temporary Stages II: Critically Oriented Drama Education" (Intellect 2013). Gonzalez is a member of the College Board’s committee for 6–12 Curriculum Frameworks for Arts Education, serves on the board of the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America and is current past-president of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.

2015 - Jerry Shrock

Jerry Schrock is a 1985 graduate of Bowling Green State University. He received a bachelor's degree in education with a grade 7-12 teaching certificate in comprehensive social studies and computer science. Schrock spent 30 years as an educator. He started his career at Washington Middle School in Washington Court House, Ohio, and retired in May of 2015 at Mason High School just north of Cincinnati, Ohio. While teaching, he urged each of his students to focus on their own personal achievement, excellence in performance, responsibility, growth and citizenship. He used these same pillars to guide his own personal development as an educator. During his distinguished career, he taught over 8,000 students in grades 5-12 and coached various sports at the junior high and varsity level, including one wrestling state champion. His contributions extend well beyond the areas of athletics and academics. Learning from personal and school tragedies, he began an anti-bullying and suicide prevention program that is gaining national attention. His “Blue Dot Conversation Campaign” helps students to view their school and their teachers as a place they can freely go for support when they have no where else to turn. Schrock plans to remain active in this program and in our nation’s schools following his retirement.