1999 AALL Awards
AALL is pleased to celebrate Adult Educators in Arizona with the 1999 AALL Awards. Awardees were honored at the Awards Banquet during the Arizona State Adult Education Conference on October 1, 1999.
AALL Annual Awards Description and Criteria
Gary Eyre Lifetime Achievement Award
Greg Hart, Adult Education Director of the Pima County Adult Education Program for 17 years, was awarded the Gary Eyre Lifetime Achievement Award. His work has taken him down many roads: teaching, administrating, political advocacy, writing, speaking, collaborating, and serving as an officer and board member for organizations whose work aligns with the goals of reducing/ending hunger, poverty and illiteracy. Greg has tirelessly advocated for adult education in every venue imaginable. Through his courage and ability to speak eloquently to legislators and others who have the power to effect change, Greg has transformed the lives of thousands of people in need of education, direction, and opportunity.
Gary Tang Memorial Award
Grace Blossom, Founder of the Grace Blossom Memorial Book bank, was awarded the Gary Tang Memorial Award. Grace's many years of service to learner's of all ages were celebrated by her daughter, Susan, and all of her admirers. Grace's tireless efforts in establishing the Book Bank Project put over a million books which would have been discarded into the hands of learners. Her innovative teaching made her a favorite to all of her ESOL learners. Grace passed away a few days after her daughter accepted the award. We know that her love of learning and of books will live on in the many lives she touched. To contact the Book Bank, call John Hinz of the Alliance Book Company at 480-649-2745
Rookie of the Year Award
Myna Frestedt was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award. Myna's thirst for knowledge and her willingness to share through mentoring provide added value to the filed of education. Staff and students know they can count on her to be reliable, patient, and caring.