The 2015 Plymouth State University’s Dennise Maslakowski Education Award was given to Rose Colby of Epping who was chosen because of her commitment to quality, competency-based education.
The award was created in 2008 in memory of the late Dennise Maslakowski, PSU’s former Associate Vice President for the College of Graduate Studies. “To receive this honor means a great deal because it bears Dennise’s name and it represents how deeply she valued my role in shaping the leaders of tomorrow through the education leadership program at PSU,” said Colby. “Dennise was a visionary and a tireless educator. I was incredibly moved at the news of this award.”
Colby is currently a Competency-Based Learning and Assessment Specialist assisting schools in designing high quality competency, assessment, and grading reform systems in many states. She is a competency education specialist with the N.H. Department of Education and a member of the Advisory Board and contributor to Competency Works, the national clearinghouse and resource for innovative practices in competency education. N.H. Education Commissioner Virginia Barry praised Colby’s selection as the Maslakowski Award recipient.
“Rose Colby’s experience over the last three decades as a NH science teacher, middle school principal, educational consultant, adjunct instructor, and transformative educational leader has made her an invaluable asset to the State of New Hampshire, and, over the last five years, to the nation,” stated Barry. “Her expertise has contributed to the enormous growth and development of new and promising K-12 competency-based learning environments across New Hampshire as well as many other states. Ever an exemplary educator, she has accomplished much by building a substantial cohort of exceptionally prepared educational leaders in schools and districts that will serve us for many years to come.”
“I do not know any other person more dedicated to improving the educational experience for all students than Rose,” writes Esther Asbell, SAU 16’s Assistant Superintendent and Chair of New England League of Middle Schools. “She listens with intent and responds with care when working with educators. She truly has a passion for learning and for sharing that passion. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of receiving the scholarship as Rose, who has dedicated her life’s work to constantly improve the education provided to each child.”
“What sets PSU’s education programs apart from other institutions is the faculty’s relationships with our students,” Colby said. “The Educational Leadership program is known for its ‘value added’ content; most of the faculty are practitioners in the field and bring a wealth of wisdom and experience into their interactions with students. My students know that they can contact me at any time and many of them do, especially as they consider their first administrative position. I consider it a great honor to have these mentoring relationships long after the students have completed their programs.”
Colby earned a bachelor’s in Biology from Emmanuel College and both a master’s in Biology and an Advanced Graduate Studies Certification in School Administration from Rivier College. She is the past president of two influential Granite State educational associations, the N.H. Association of School Principals and the N.H. Science Teachers Association.