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NCTE Richard W. Halle Award for Outstanding Middle Level Educator - Previous Revision

The Richard W. Halle Award for Outstanding Middle Level Educator honors a junior high/middle level educator  who has worked to promote understanding of the developmental needs and characteristics of young adolescents, especially in the English language arts. A “middle level educator” is defined as anyone who has worked to improve schools and schooling for the middle level—teacher, principal, college person, curriculum specialist, or supervisor—not necessarily a classroom teacher. 

Past Winners

Tonya Perry, University of Alabama, Birmingham, 2013
No Award Given, 2012
Teri Lesesne, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, 2011
James Johnston, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, 2010
Roxanne Henkin, University of Texas, San Antonio, 2009
Howard Miller, Mercy College, Bronx, NY, 2008
Akiko Morimoto, Washington Middle School, Vista, CA, 2007
Karen Morgan Delbridge, Johnson Jr. High School, Cheyenne, WY, 2006
Kim Ford, Cypress Middle School, Memphis, TN, 2004
Sandra Hayes, Becker Middle School, Becker, MN, 2003
Karen Smith, Arizona State University, Tempe, 2002
Kylene Beers, University of Houston, TX, 2001
Martha Magner, MacArthur Barr Middle School, Nanuet, NY, 2000
Linda Rief, Oyster River Middle School, Durham, NH, 1999
Katherine Ramsey, Arnold Jr. High, Houston, TX, 1998
Lanny van Allen, Texas Education Agency, Austin, TX, 1997
Richard W. Halle, Marshfield, Jr. High, Marshfield, WI, 1996


Established in 1996 by the Junior High/Middle School Assembly, this award honors Richard "Dick" Halle for his dedication to the Assembly and middle level education. The award became a Middle Level Section Award in February 2002 when the Assembly was dissolved.

The Middle Level Section Steering Committee determines the winner based upon each candidate meeting the following criteria:

  • Encouraging a spirit of inquiry and development of critical and creative thinking within the profession;
  • Showing evidence of exemplary professional involvement, participation in activities such as workshops, curriculum development, and association programs and projects;
  • Connecting the classroom and the community;
  • Fostering the development of literacy education at the middle level;
  • Promoting research on the middle level student . 

The award recipient is presented a plaque by the MLSSC Assistant Chair at the Middle Level Get-Together during the NCTE Annual Convention each year.  


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