Local principals recognized as education partners

August 05, 2016

Kristin Sine, who retired at the end of the last school year as principal of Hendry Park Elementary School in Angola, and Mark Sherbondy, principal of Fremont High School, were recently recognized with the Franks School of Education Distinguished Partner Award at Trine University.

The Franks School of Education Distinguished Partner Award “recognizes individuals who have continually demonstrated a commitment to excellence, leadership, and collaboration in the field of education with Trine University.” It is given to those who have made an extra effort to help Trine University education majors in their practicums, student teaching and careers.

"Both Kris and Mark have a great reputation among the Franks School of Education students, faculty and staff,” said Anthony Kline, Ph.D., interim dean of the Franks School of Education. “They set high expectations for our teacher candidates who are placed in their schools. Kris and Mark often participate in our on-campus principal panel discussions, and their rich educational experience and advice are always appreciated. Their partnership is truly valued."

Sine had served as principal at Hendry Park since 2001. A 1988 graduate of Tri-State University, now Trine University, she said she worked with Suzanne Van Wagner, former dean of the Franks School of Education, to place student teachers and arrange practicums, both as a teacher and administrator. She also made presentations in several Trine University education classes.

“Trine is an important part of our community, particularly in preparing future educators for our public schools,” she said.

Sherbondy, who is beginning his tenth year as principal, said working with Trine to train teacher education students is important not just for his school, but for the profession as a whole.

“This is the only way we’re going to keep developing young teachers, which the profession really needs right now,” he said. “It also gives people the opportunity to see the excellent teachers we have here at Fremont High School and the great programs we have going.

“We have had some excellent student teachers come here from Trine. This year we’ve hired two Trine University graduates and I am looking forward to have them working for us.”

This is the second year for the awards. The 2015 Distinguished Partner in Education awards were presented to principal Ann Rice and teacher Shawn Snyder of Angola Middle School.

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