Louann Reid - A member of NCTE and a teacher for 34 years, Louann Reid is the co-author of seven Daybooks of Critical Reading and Writing for secondary school students, co-editor of two books for teachers, and author of numerous articles, chapters, and book reviews. As editor of English Journal, she has provided a forum for conversations about teaching and learning in secondary schools and worked closely with authors and staff to ensure that the journal meets the highest editorial standards. For that, English Journal has received 4 APEX awards for publication excellence under her editorship.
Reid served on the executive committee of CEL for 10 years, including two years as Chair. Rick Chambers, who was the Chair after her, comments, “One of Louann’s strengths was her advocacy for membership diversity in CEL and NCTE. She understood the practicality, political importance, and fairness of having a membership that reflected the demographics of the English language arts teaching profession.” Nominator and former recipient of the CEL Exemplary Leadership Award Jim Mahoney writes that “her sense of thoughtfulness and caring are the trademarks of all of the great things she accomplishes for CEL as well as for NCTE.” He notes that she has brought in a number of new members who attend CEL conferences as undergraduates, “return enthusiastically, giving workshops, running for office on the executive board, and winning.” Another former recipient of the award, Jim Strickland writes, “She is truly a leader, able to organize and run a meeting that is focused and purposeful, while at the same time making sure that those around the table are drawn in and feel empowered in the decision-making. And she does it with grace and style.” Reid has also been active in the Colorado NCTE-affiliate (CLAS) and has helped lead the student NCTE-affiliate organization at Colorado State University, where she teaches.
Louann Reid embodies all the values and ideals of leadership that qualify her to receive this year’s CEL Exemplary Leader Award.
Don't miss Louann Reid’s presentation on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 during the Conference on English Leadership (CEL), San Antonio, TX.