IRA/Weekly Reader Eleanor M. Johnson Award

The IRA/Weekly Reader Eleanor M. Johnson Award recognizes an outstanding elementary classroom teacher of reading/language arts. The award honors Eleanor M. Johnson, founder and editor-in-chief of Weekly Reader, who died in 1987. It carries a US$1,000 prize supported by a grant from Weekly Reader Corporation.

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Award Recipients

2013
Doris Coffey

Doris Coffey is an early elementary reading specialist in a public school in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Huntington College in Indiana. The first thirty years of her career were spent in Michigan where she taught grades K-3 and later served as Reading Recovery teacher and literacy coach. It was there that she earned a master’s degree from Michigan State University, and later became a certified Reading Recovery teacher through Ohio State. Now as a reading specialist in a Title I school in Tennessee, she teaches literacy training to teachers and strategic reading interventions to students in grades K-6.
2012
Gary Wellbrock
2011
Tina Mohrman
2010
Cathy Monroy
2009
Steve Peterson
2008
Sarah Lichtel
2007
Erin Jurand
2006
Linda Ridgway
2005
Linda Hennen
2004
Margaret Hudson
2003
Diane Fortuna
2002
Mary Ann Fenn
2001
Donna Bradley
2000
Charlotte Streit
1999
Vicki Altland
1998
Gloria McLean
1997
Tamara Durbin Higgins
1996
Kathleen Paonessa Roth
1995
Joan F. Smith
1994
Marcia Allen
1993
Linda Sittig
1992
Anne Board
1991
Jocelyn K. Makulehua
1990
Hilary Ferguson
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