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CEL Kent Williamson Exemplary Leader Award
2023 Winner: Alfredo Luján
Alfredo Celedón Luján retired from Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, after a 50-year teaching career. He advocates for equity in the classroom and is a proud member of the Chicanx, Latinx, Bread Loaf School of English, and Monte del Sol communities. Nambé, New Mexico, is his home. He is a former president of the National Council of Teachers of English.
The award was presented during the CEL Annual Convention.
Nomination Deadline: April 1
Purpose: The award is given annually to an NCTE member who is an outstanding English language arts educator and leader.
Award Criteria: NCTE and CEL members are encouraged to nominate an exceptional leader who has had an ongoing impact on the profession through the following:
- Work that has focused on exceptional teaching and/or leadership practices;
- Contributions to the profession through involvement at the local, regional, and national levels;
- Presentations, workshops, and publications that have had an impact upon school leaders.
Candidates not selected for the year in which they are nominated will receive consideration for the next two years.
Award Specifics: The recipient receives a plaque, CEL Luncheon ticket, a one-year complimentary CEL membership, and the gift of a one-year complimentary CEL membership to present to a colleague. The recipient may also be invited to speak at the CEL Convention. The award is presented at the Sunday CEL Luncheon during the NCTE Annual Convention.
Nomination Materials: The CEL Kent Williamson Exemplary Leader Award is given annually to an NCTE member who is an outstanding English Language Arts educator and leader. The award is named in honor of Kent D. Williamson (1957-2015), who served as NCTE’s Executive Director from 2000-2015. Previous winners include Jocelyn Chadwick, Linda Rief, Ernest Morrell, Pam Allyn, Caro Jago, and Penny Kittle. Nominations should be emailed directly to the CEL Associate Chair, Nicholas Emmanuele, email@example.com, by April 1.
Judging: The CEL Award Committee determines the recipient from the nominations submitted within the calendar year. For full consideration, award applications must be received no later than March 1. Candidates not selected for the year in which they are nominated will receive consideration for the next two years.
CEL Kent Williamson Exemplary Leader Award Winners
2022 Cathy Fleischer
2021 Jocelyn A. Chadwick
2020 Linda Rief
2019 Dr. Ernest Morrell
2018 Pam Allyn
2017 Tom Romano, Miami University, Oxford, OH
2016 Carol Jago, University of California, Los Angeles
2015 Penny Kittle, Kennett High School, North Conway, NH