Expos & Awards



Horn Walter Burley AwardsOhio PBIS ShowcasePurple Star Award

Horn Walter Burley Awards

Ohio public schools, community schools, career centers, and county boards of developmental disabilities are encouraged to recognize the accomplishments of Ohio educators and students with disabilities by nominating them for these annual achievement awards.

    • The R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes the accomplishments of one exemplary special education student from each of Ohio’s 16 State Support Team regions.
    • Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award is presented to one educator or team from each of Ohio’s 16 State Support Team regions for extraordinary contributions to the education of students with disabilities.
    • In addition, the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities Executive Committee will select an Ohio parent to receive the Margaret M. Burley Award.

The annual Horn Walter Burley Awards are sponsored by the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) with assistance from Ohio’s State Support Teams.

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About R.A. Horn

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About R.A. Horn

Acknowledged as a national leader in the field of special education, the late Dr. Raymond A. Horn devoted more than 60 years of service to improving the quality of life and learning for students with disabilities. Dr. Horn was the Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction Emeritus, who left a legacy and a challenge to all educators to ensure that every student with a disability be given the respect and the opportunities to which they are entitled.

About Franklin B. Walter

Photo of Franklin B. WalterAbout Franklin B. Walter

The late Dr. Franklin B. Walter was Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1977 until 1991, a post held longer than any other state superintendent in Ohio’s history. With over 50 years of service as a teacher and administrator, Dr. Walter’s leadership is evident in many of Ohio’s quality educational initiatives and programs. Among these is the development of the nation’s first statewide plan for children with disabilities. This is the 31st year that the Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award has been given.

About Margaret M. Burley

Currently the Executive Director Emeritus, Margaret M. Burley served as Executive Director of the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities Executive Committee for 39 years. Margaret expanded the organization from five parent and professional organizations to an over $2.5 million budget, obtained and sustained grant funding from the Ohio Department of Education and U. S. Department of Education, directed public policy and research, and is nationally recognized for her commitment and outstanding work.

Walter Horn Burley Award Winners

2022 Walter Horn Burley Awards

2022 R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award

Amelia Altman, a student at Liberty-Benton High School is the R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award winner for 2022. She was nominated by Brenda Frankart, Director of Federal Programs & Curriculum at Liberty-Benton Local Schools, who had this to say about Amelia:

“Amelia is a hard-working senior who does a fantastic job in the classroom and out. She is conscientious with completing her assignments, and she is very involved in school activities. Academically, she has maintained a 3.69 grade point average, and she is an excellent student in the classroom.  She is serious about her studies, and she is eager to help others be successful, also. She is an honor roll student, and she earns academic recognition for maintaining grades above a 3.5 GPA.

Outside of the classroom, Amelia is regularly involved in school and community activities. She is a member of the high school choir, a four-year member of the musical cast and crew, and a two-year member of the bowling team. She is a volunteer at the Mazza Museum, the Hancock County Humane Society, First Lutheran Church, Tri-the-Arts, and the Division of Wildlife. She always has a friendly smile, and she is a kind-hearted, helpful person to her classmates, teammates, and those she encounters in our community.”

2022 Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award

Lindsay Bates, special education teacher at Greenwood Elementary was selected as the Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award winner for 2022. She was nominated by Katherine and Steve Spenthoff who had this to say about Lindsay:

“When you have a child with Autism, you spend a significant amount of time worrying about how your child will be viewed by others. This was especially worrisome this fall when our son, Pete, transferred to Greenwood Elementary School. The changes accompanying a mid-year transfer sent our son into a mental health crisis. He was sad, scared, dysregulated, and unwilling to build peer and adult relationships.

Thankfully, Mrs. Lindsay Bates was assigned the momentous task of working with Pete Spenthoff. It immediately became evident that she not only saw Pete as a capable student, but also dedicated herself to convincing Pete that Greenwood was a safe place for him to learn and grow. She jumped into his world and learned about his favorite characters and integrated them into his day so he felt seen and valued. Pete’s classmates were explicitly taught about Autism in a manner where he became an understood and celebrated member of his third grade class.

Lindsay orchestrated a team of peers and adults who have all become educational advocates for our son. They meet regularly and work under her leadership to support our son and have brought him to a place where he is learning and growing alongside his classmates. Additionally, Mrs. Bates communicates with Steve and I daily to ensure that we are part of our son’s educational plan every step of the way. Thanks to Lindsay, Pete’s Communication Log has become a valuable collaboration tool in Pete’s education. Lindsay also created a “lunch bunch” of peers that has helped Pete consistently connect with classmates through food and games. The “lunch bunch” quickly became our son’s most cherished part of the day.

From the beginning of our journey with Autism, we knew it would take a special school to educate our son. Steve and I will be forever grateful for the tireless efforts of Lindsey Bates and Greenwood Elementary School. We are confident that her work will have a lasting impact on Pete’s life.”

2021 Horn Walter Awards

R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award Winner James Patrick Springfield HS and Penta Career Center
Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award Emily Nixon Springfield HS

2020 Horn Walter Awards

The 2020 Horn Walter Burley Outstanding Achievement Awards were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2019 Horn Walter Awards

R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award Winner Dakota Gillet Four County Career Center
Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award Pamela Burrow Fostoria City Schools

Student Nominees

Andrew Chaney Toledo Public Schools
Caydence Gibson Van Wert City Schools
Natalie Lawrence Van Wert City Schools

Educator Nominees

Laura Gahan Elmwood Local Schools
Megan Hurless Van Wert City Schools
Sara Schwiefert Elmwood Local Schools
Morgan Weber Four County Career Center

2018 Horn Walter Awards

R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award Luis Alberto Fernandez Woodward High School
Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award Amanda Berger Penta Career Center

Student Nominees

Mekhi Parker Autism Academy of Learning
Erik Wadsworth Penta Career Center

Educator Nominees

Patti Talamentez Autism Academy of Learning

2017 Horn Walter Awards

Award Winners

R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award Rachelle Wyse Four County Career Center
Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award Tracy Gunderman Paulding Exempted Village Schools

Ohio Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Showcase

Each year, the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio PBIS Network host a Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Showcase to recognize Ohio’s schools implementing PBIS with high fidelity.

This event brings together hundreds of Ohio principals, teachers, counselors and others to network and share best practices around PBIS implementation to ensure safe and supportive school environments.

The following Region 1 schools will be honored at the Virtual PBIS/OLAC Showcase on December 6, 2022

Silver Recognition

Horizon Science Academy Springfield

Bronze Recognition

Perrysburg High School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Perrysburg Junior High School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Hull Prairie Intermediate Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Toth Elementary School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Fort Meigs Elementary School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Robert Frank Elementary School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Woodland Elementary School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Perrysburg Preschool Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Horizon Science Academy Toledo
Fort Miami Elementary School Maumee City Schools
Wayne Trail Elementary School Maumee City Schools
Fairfield Elementary School Maumee City Schools
Maumee High School Maumee City Schools
Gateway Middle School Maumee City Schools
Crim Elementary School Bowling Green City Schools
Conneaut Elementary School Bowling Green City Schools
Kenwood Elementary School Bowling Green City Schools
Dorr Elementary School Springfield Local Schools
Hill View Elementary School Sylvania Schools
Arcadia Middle School Arcadia Local Schools

District Recognition

Maumee City Schools

2021 PBIS Awards

The following Region 1 schools were honored at the Virtual PBIS/OLAC Showcase on December 9, 2021:

Silver Recognition
Horizon Science Academy, Springfield
Dorr Elementary School Springfield Local Schools
Bronze Recognition
Crissey Elementary School Springfield Local Schools
Fairfield Elementary School Maumee City Schools
Fort Meigs Elementary School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Frank Elementary School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Horizon Science Academy, Toledo
Hull Prairie Intermediate School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Perrysburg Junior High School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Perrysburg High School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Perrysburg Preschool Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Toth Elementary School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Wayne Trail Elementary School Maumee City Schools
Woodland Elementary School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools

2020 Network Showcase

Silver Recognition
Dorr Elementary Springfield Local Schools
Horizon Science Springfield
Robinson Achievement Toledo Public Schools
Bronze Recognition
Bryan Elementary Bryan City Schools
Crissey Elementary Springfield Local Schools
Fairfield Elementary Maumee City Schools
Fort Meigs Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Frank Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Horizon Science Academy Toledo
Hull Prairie Intermediate Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Old Orchard Elementary Toledo Public Schools
Perrysburg High School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Perrysburg Junior High Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Toth Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Woodland Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools

2019 Network Showcase

Silver Recognition

Horizon Science Academy Springfield Local Schools
Robinson Achievement Toledo Public Schools

Bronze Recognition

Bryan Elementary School Bryan City Schools
Perrysburg High School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Perrysburg Middle School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Hull Prairie Intermediate Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Frank Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Fort Meigs Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Toth Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Woodland Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Old Orchard Elementary Toledo Public Schools

2018 Network Showcase

Silver Recognition

Bataan Memorial Elementary Port Clinton City Schools
Robinson Achievement Toledo Public Schools

Bronze Recognition

R.C. Waters Elementary Benton-Carrol-Salem Schools
Horizon Science Academy Springfield Local Schools
Frank Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Toth Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Woodland Elementary Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Dorr Elementary School Springfield Local Schools

2017 Network Showcase

Gold Recognition

Alternate Learning Center Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West

Bronze Recognition

Clyde Elementary Clyde-Green Springs Village Schools
McPherson Middle School Clyde-Green Springs Village Schools
Pickett Academy Toledo Public Schools
R.C. Waters Elementary Bent0n-Carroll-Salem Local Schools
Robinson Achievement Toledo Public Schools
Van Buren Elementary Van Buren Local Schools
Whittier Elementary Toledo Public Schools

Purple Star Awards

Purple Star Awards

Purple Star Award LogoThe Purple Star Award honors schools that show a major commitment to serving students and families connected to our nation’s armed forces. The Purple Star Advisory Board, formed by the Ohio departments of Education, Higher Education, Veterans Services and Adjutant General, helps decide eligibility. Nineteen Northwest Ohio Schools received the esteemed award for the first time and 18 schools earned a renewal after three years as dedicated Purple Star schools.

A Purple Star school will receive the designation for three years.


The application window for the 2023 class of Purple Star designees will open on November 1, 2022.

Learn more and apply

Class of 2022 Region 1 Purple Star Award Honorees


New Schools

Crestview High School Crestview Local Schools
Crestview Middle School Crestview Local Schools
Crestview Elementary School Crestview Local Schools
Four County Career Center Four County Career Center
Miller City Elementary School Miller City New Cleveland Local Schools
Hull Prairie Intermediate School Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools
Sylvania Northview High School Sylvania City Schools
Arbor Hills Junior High Sylvania City Schools
Timberstone Elementary school Sylvania City Schools
McCord Junior High Sylvania City Schools
Maplewood Elementary School Sylvania City Schools
Sylvania Southview High School Sylvania City Schools
Sylvan Elementary School Sylvania City Schools
Highland Elementary School Sylvania City Schools
Stranahan Elementary School Sylvania City Schools
Central Trail Sylvania City Schools
Whiteford Elementary School Sylvania City Schools
Hillview Elementary School Sylvania City Schools
Wauseon High School Wauseon Exempted Village Schools

Renewal Schools

Monclova Primary School Anthony Wayne Local Schools
Whitehouse Primary School Anthony Wayne Local Schools
Anthony Wayne Junior High School Anthony Wayne Local Schools
Oak Harbor High School Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools
Crestview High School Crestview Local Schools
Eastwood High School Eastwood Local Schools
Maumee High School Maumee City Schools
Clay High School Oregon City Schools
Otsego High School Otsego Local Schools
Perrysburg Junior High School Perrysburg Schools
Perrysburg High School Perrysburg Schools
Pike-Delta-York High School Pike-Delta-York Local Schools
Delta Middle School Pike-Delta-York Local Schools
Delta Elementary School Pike-Delta-York Local Schools
Rossford High School Rossford Exempted Village Schools
Rossford Elementary School Rossford Exempted Village Schools
Springfield High School Springfield Local Schools
Bowsher High School Toledo City Schools