Phi Delta Kappa Education Award Renamed to Honor Dr. Dennise Maslakowski

March 13th, 2009 by Adam
Dr. Kathleen McCabe
Dr. Kathleen McCabe

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-The Executive Board of the New Hampshire Profile Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa is proud to announce that the recipient of the 2009 Dennise Maslakowski PDK Education Award is Dr. Kathleen McCabe, Assistant Superintendent of the Governor Wentworth Regional School District. She will officially receive her award at the annual New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards (“ED”ies) on June 13, 2009.

The PDK Education Award has been renamed the Dennise Maslakowski PDK Education Award in honor of the late Dr. Dennise Maslakowski, Associate Vice President of Plymouth State University and a longtime member and supporter of Phi Delta Kappa.Dennise passed away in December 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer.

The award was established in 2000, and it is reserved for those who have “made a significant and continuous contribution to improving the lives of children and young adults.” Throughout her career, Dr. Kathleen McCabe has demonstrated a commitment to researching alternative education solutions and making sound decisions in the best interest of New Hampshire public school students. She has positively affected the lives of countless children, parents, and teachers in her roles of teacher, project director, teacher mentor, professional development coordinator and central office administrator.

Kathleen Collins McCabe serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Governor Wentworth Regional School District (SAU 49), and she retires from that position this coming June. She has been an educator in New Hampshire ever since receiving her Bachelor of Education degree from Plymouth State College in 1969. Her first classroom teaching experience was as a kindergarten teacher in Franklin. Subsequently, she taught for twenty years in Laconia, also leading their gifted education programs. In 1990, she began working for the Governor Wentworth Regional School District.

In 2001, Kathy was awarded a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies degree from Plymouth State University, and in 2007, she was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Professional Studies from Capella University. Her dissertation explored teacher leadership within the context of professional learning communities.

Education is the heart and soul of Kathy’s interests. Since 1986, Kathy has taught, advised and mentored graduate students at Plymouth State University. She loves interacting with teachers and administrators in academic, professional and informal settings.

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