April 21, 2011 — The University of Virginia's Curry School of Education has selected Pamela R. Moran, superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, to receive its 2011 Distinguished Public Service Award.
“Pam is one of the leading innovators in public education in the commonwealth and nationally,” Robert C. Pianta, dean of the Curry School, said. “Her efforts have strengthened resources available to teachers and recognized their key role in student learning and development.”
Moran is particularly well-known for her integration of technology at all levels of a school system and her efforts to advance student learning in mathematics and science, Pianta noted. “In so many ways she is a visionary leader in public education.”
Moran, who has served six years as superintendent in Albemarle County, is an alumna of the Curry School. She received a master's degree in secondary science education in 1980 and an Ed.D. in administration and supervision in 1997.
During her educational career, she has worked as a secondary science teacher, middle school associate principal, science grant director, staff development and gifted education coordinator, elementary principal, director of curriculum, assistant superintendent for instruction and superintendent. She also has taught educational leadership and curriculum courses as an adjunct instructor for the Curry School and for U.Va.‘s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
In 2010, Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell appointed Moran to his Commission on Higher Education, and she currently serves as president-elect of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. She was recognized last year by the online eSchool News as an advocate for the use of technology to help drive continuous school improvement and received one of its Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards.
The Distinguished Public Service Award was presented to Moran at a luncheon on April 28 hosted by the Curry School of Education Foundation.
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