Woman Wins 2nd Scholarship
Gwendolyn Heard, former assistant personnel director of the Washington Convention Center now pursuing a master's degree in divinity at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, has received the Benjamin E. Mays Scholarship for the second consecutive year.
The scholarship is named after the distinguished African American scholar and former president of Morehouse College.
Heard is among 46 scholarship recipients selected from a wide range of churches across the United States.
She is a member of First Congregational Church in the District. Brightwood Teacher Honored
Shirley Hopkinson, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Brightwood Elementary School in Northwest, recently was named District of Columbia Teacher of the Year.
A graduate of the University of Guyana with a doctorate in education from the University of Alberta in Canada, Hopkinson has been teaching for 27 years, five of those at Brightwood.
A community advocate, she is best known for her parent education model called "Lap Time, Map Time, Rap Time," a program designed to teach parents and guardians to relate more effectively with children.
As D.C. Teacher of the Year, she will compete against other state winners for the National Teacher of the Year award, traditionally conferred at a ceremony at the White House.
In recognition of her achievement, Hopkinson received a certificate from the Council of Chief State School Officers and Encyclopedia Britannica, which sponsors the award program. Correctional Center Chief Lauded
Reginald Robinson, director of Efforts from Ex-Convicts, was named Outstanding Administrator of the Year at the annual awards ceremony for the D.C. Department of Corrections' Community Correctional Centers.
Robinson supervises the center that is run entirely by ex-offenders.
Robinson became involved in criminal activity at the age of 11.
After serving time in the penal system, he was hired part time at the center in 1971, and became its director in 1982.
John Noble, acting administrator for the D.C. Department of Corrections Community Correctional Centers, said Robinson's center plays a key role in helping ex-offenders return to the commuunity as productive members of society.