ARDMORE, OK ― Ardmore City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Ruth Ann Carr, has recently been awarded the 2009 Kendall Hunt/National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) Outstanding Administrator Support Award (OASA).
The NSELA, formed in 1959 to meet a need to develop science education leadership for school systems, presents the OASA annually to an administrator who shows exemplary support of science education.
Dr. Carr has been chosen by the NSELA for this national recognition due to her many outstanding efforts in contributing and sustaining a standards-based science program at Ardmore City Schools. Among the district-wide advancements in science curriculum instigated by Dr. Carr are: the acquisition of the process/research-based science program for grades Pre-K through 12; the implementation of the Oklahoma Scholars Program which includes a rigorous course study requiring 4 science credits for College Preparatory Curriculum (vs. state required 3 credits) for graduation; the enhancement of the high school and middle school science labs with equipment, materials and resources; the conveyance of the importance of science through support and professional development for faculty and the facilitation of training for school principals enabling them to continue to become "science leaders" in their school building.
Ardmore School Board president, Brent Bahner, states, "This is great. Dr. Carr certainly deserves this national recognition. It reflects her continuing efforts to introduce innovative curricular improvements to ACS. Our kids have no greater champion than Dr. Carr. She constantly encourages our students to reach for and realize their full academic potential. I'm very proud of her."
In addition to this award, Dr. Carr also received the 2008 University Council of Educational Administration Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.