National Head Start Association


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Scholarships and Awards 2013

Without the dedicated involvement of parents, staff, and other concerned individuals Head Start would not be the high-quality program that it is today. Each year, NHSA seeks to acknowledge those individuals and organizations that have made a significant difference in their Head Start communities through the NHSA Scholarships and Awards program. Congratulations to all scholarship and award recipients!

Hollingshed Memorial ScholarshipsStaff Awards
Head Start Alumni - High School SeniorAdministrator of the Year
Head Start Parent - Post Secondary EdSupport Staff of the Year
Head Start Staff - Higher EdTeacher of the Year
Parent AwardsInnovation & Excellence Awards
Head Start Parent of the YearEdward Zigler Innovation
Beating the OddsSargent Shriver Excellence

Save the Date - Nominations for 2014 scholarship and awards starts April 1, 2013

Hollingshed Memorial Scholarships

Abbie Mae Rademacher

Head Start Alumni – High School Senior

Abbie Mae Rademacher

Central Nebraska Community Services (Loup City, NE)

Abbie was enrolled in Head Start as a 4 year-old in her small town of Loup City, NE. As a high school senior, she was ranked second in her class. She was also very active in extra-curricular activities as well, including volunteering at her local Head Start. These experiences and her part-time job at a nursing home have inspired her to pursue a career in nursing. Abbie has been selected to participate in the Rural Health Opportunities Program through Chardron State College and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Through this program, Abbie will receive a bachelor's degree and become a registered nurse.  


Alesha MorrisHead Start Parent – Post Secondary Ed

Patricia Pomaville
Duluth Head Start (Duluth, MN)

Patricia and her family came to Duluth Head Start in the fall of 2011. She knew that she wanted to help make a difference and joined the Policy Council. She strived to be a leader in the council and among parents, never missing a meeting or event and being an active participant. Patricia is also working on a bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Phoenix. Her education will be the foundation to help realize her goal of running her own restaurant and farm; supplying the food. With determination, she is the mother of two, maintains a 3.5 grade point average, and is a leader in her Head Start community.


Tracie WilcoxHead Start Staff – Higher Ed

Christine Sherrod
MATURA Head Start (Creston, IA)

Christine has served MATURA Head Start for 5 years and is currently a teacher's aide. She has taken a special interest in Family Services, putting forth great efforts to make the classroom family-friendly and to improve programs connecting the classroom and the home. Her experience at MATURA has compelled her to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education either in-person or online, to accommodate her busy schedule as a single mother of three.


Staff Awards

Donna Hudson-HamiltonAdministrator of the Year

Donna Hudson-Hamilton
Early Childhood Connections USD 489 (Hays, KS)

Donna is currently the Director of Early Childhood Services at Early Childhood Connections in Hays, Kansas. She holds a master's degree in Psychology, a Specialist in Education in School Psychology and worked for many years as a school psychologist. She has served on many state wide organizations including the Early Childhood Mental Health Taskforce and the Board of Directors for the Kansas Head Start Association. Her leadership has been instrumental in securing grant funding which has improved programs in her community. She contributes her efforts and hard work to securing for the children she serves what she would want for her own children.

Tammy HawkSupport Staff of the Year  

Tammy Hawk
Central Missouri Community Action HS (Columbia, MO)

Central Missouri Community Action simply could not have identified a more suitable candidate to be recognized for their contributions to improving family life quality for her program participants. Tammy wears many hats within our program and goes above and beyond in all aspects of her job. Given her reputation within the community and strong ability to lead others positively, Tammy has been successful in rallying a number of different organizations in supporting the Head Start mission and actually initiated the development of a coalition focused on making communities more responsive to children and low-income families called "Capitol City Cares for Kids". Because of Tammy's sensitivity and level of expertise, she has become a primary outlet for staff development and serves as a consultant to field staff across our 8 county service area.  Finally, her pleasant disposition, bright smile, and commitment to the highest quality of services, make her an inspiration for her program and the families it serves! 

Christina JasterTeacher of the Year  

Christina Jaster
Heartland Programs (Salina, KS)

Christina has been teaching at Heartland Programs for eight years. She earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Special Education teaching license and a master's degree in Functional Special Education. Christina recently completed the requirements to be licensed as a English as a Second Language teacher which gave her more tools to better work with her non-English speaking students.  This past year she initiated a year-long plan for teachers to provide family engagement activities in classroom topics such as Science, Math and Literacy.  The events have been a wonderful success.  In addition, Christina uses her technological savvy to implement time-saving processes and educational enhancements and recently developed a time-saving process to scan documentation which streamlines data collection. She shared these processes with other teachers and has saved them thousands of hours of data input.  These are just a couple of the many examples of Christina's initiative and desire to continuously improve her work and her community.

Parent Awards

Landra Glover Head Start Parent of the Year - Winner

Landra Glover
Mt. Hood Community College (Portland, OR)

Landra has made "a commitment to achieve goals... despite all barriers." As a single mother, she has held a position on the Policy Council since 2009. She  earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's in Organizational Leadership and Management. She speaks to many community organizations about the effects of positive male involvement. Her message was featured on local television and is the focus of her book The Arms That are Needed: Daughters Reflect on Fatherly Love. Landra's outreach and involvement in her Head Start community and her larger community make her the Head Start Parent of the Year.

Nadezhda Ruelas Head Start Parent of the Year - 1st Runner Up

Nadezhda Ruelas
Sacramento Employment & Training Agency (Sacramento, CA)

Nadezhda volunteers within her community and was a parent representative on her Policy Committee, voted Vice-Chair for the Sacramento City Unified School District. Nadezhda strives to be a role model to her daughter, Eve. Although her husband's deployment has forced her to be a single parent, she continues to work towards her bachelor's degree and receive her teaching credentials. Nadezhda strives to be a leader among parents and help children realize that they can reach new heights.

Misty Hendricks Head Start Parent of the Year - 2nd Runner Up

Bradley Miles Livingston
Otter Tail-Wadena CAC HS (York Mills, MN)

Bradley and his family became members of the Otter Trail-Wadena Head Start in 2011. He participated in local parent committee meetings and was elected chairperson of that group. Brad has been active in the HeadStart Involving Men Committee, supporting male involvement. As a retired combat veteran, Brad conducts local speaking engagements about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from which he suffers. He hopes to continue to engage in conversations about PTSD, stressing its significance as a social issue that does not need to remain in the dark.

Emily Petersen Beating the Odds - Winner

Emily Petersen
College of Southern Idaho HS/EHS (Twin Falls, ID)

Emily's family consists of her, her husband, and their two daughters. Her family has experienced several trials due to medical conditions which affect her husband and their two children. Her main priority is being the best caregiver she can be, especially to her youngest daughter who was born with several birth defects. Despite these trials, Emily still manages to be the Policy Council Chair-person, EHS Policy Council Rep, and an active member of the PTA. In addition, she advocates for children with special needs through the Jason Rodie Foundation and is a parent member of Idaho Region V, Infant Toddler Advisory Committee. She currently provides voice lessons for youth out of her home.

Lisa Harrison-Hall Beating the Odds - 1st Runner Up

Lisa Harrison-Hall
Community Partnership for Child Development (Colorado Springs, CO)

Despite a tragic incident which left her wheelchair bound, Lisa has become a leader to children and her community. Lisa is a frequent volunteer and the secretary for the Wildflowers Parent Center Meetings. After recovering from her accident, she obtained a bachelor's degree in Sociology / Criminology to help put violent criminals behind bars. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Her professional goal is to work with individuals with disabilities and those who have experienced trauma.  

Linnea Whitley Beating the Odds - 2nd Runner Up

Linnea Whitley
Clay County Child Care Center (Clay Center, KS)

Linnea entered Early Head Start in 2009 as a single mother of two daughters. Within a year, she married, gave birth to a son, and received her high school diploma. Linnea's mother removed her from school at 15 because she was pregnant. Linnea was also fighting depression, a result of years of sexual abuse by her step-father. Linnea is currently pursuing a career in nursing and works at the Cloud County Health Center. Additionally, she is actively involved in her Head Start community, supporting others and fundraising for single mothers.

Innovation & Excellence Awards

Christian Capital Center Edward Zigler Innovation

Capital Christian Center
Friends of Children & Families (Boise, ID)

Capital Christian was founded in 1983 and started with a few families meeting in a living room. It now has several thousand attendants every weekend. The Center has various community outreach ministries. Recently, Capital Christian partnered with Friends of Children and Families. Capital Christian has donated coats, helped pay utilities and has donated money and volunteer hours to Friends of Children and Families. The impact of these donations has been monumental to families and staff.  

Ashby House Sargent Shriver Excellence

Ashby House Homeless Shelter
Heartland Program (Salina, KS)

The Ashby House has its roots in the Concerned Citizen's Task Force, which held the common goal of helping the homeless and women with addictions. In 2010, the Ashby House purchased a new house and began collaborating with Heartland Programs to open a Head Start and Early Head Start classroom on the campus of the homeless shelter. Ashby House spent numerous hours renovating a 100 year old house to meet the licensing requirements of an early childhood center.  This facility, named Cornerstone, enables some of the most at-risk families to easily access high quality childcare as well as all the Head Start services, including medical care and nutrition.  In addition, Ashby House provides the facility at no cost to Head Start.  This collaboration has furthered both organizations' mission: to help the entire family succeed.