La Grande superintendent receives distinguished leadership award

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Larry Glaze, superintendent of the La Grande School District since 2008, was honored as the 2012 Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award winner at the InterMountain Education Service District’s Crystal Apple Awards ceremony Wednesday (May 16) at Eastern Oregon University.

The Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award is named for the late Doug Flatt, who was the chief executive officer of Mid Columbia Bus Company. Flatt lost his life in a tragic plane crash while on business. In guiding the growth and operation of Midco, Flatt exemplified the finest qualities of leadership, attention to detail, service to his community, interpersonal relationships, and customer service. The purpose of this award is to recognize a school administrator from a Mid Columbia Bus Company school district who exemplifies the same qualities for which Flatt was legendary. The award is sponsored by the IMESD and Mid Columbia Bus Company.

Glaze, who did not know he was receiving the award Wednesday until his name was announced, was surprised, but honored for the prestigious distinction. He was also pleasantly surprised to see his family come out of the back of the room to show their support.

“I really cannot do what I do each day without our wonderful staff and assistants,” Glaze said. “This is really an honor.”

This is the first time a school administrator from Union County has received this award. IMESD – formerly as Umatilla-Morrow ESD before it merged last year with Union-Baker ESD – has held the Crystal Apple Award ceremony in Pendleton to honor Umatilla and Morrow county school employees for the past 13 years. With the merger, this was the first year a separate Crystal Apple Awards ceremony was held in La Grande to honor Union County education employees. While multiple non-administrative employees from each Union County school district receive Crystal Apple Awards – a total of 14 for 2012 – only one administrator from all of Umatilla, Morrow and Union counties can receive the Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award.

Glaze has become a state leader in the implementation of Professional Learning Communities in La Grande and using data to guide instruction. He has presented the success story of his district’s use of PLCs at the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators’ annual conference. In addition, Glaze has served on state committees regarding charter schools, and recently spent time at a national workshop on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

“Larry is very deserving of this honor,” said Greenwood Elementary School Principal Mike Gregory, who nominated Glaze for the award. “His leadership and support have been critical for our district’s success in PLCs. I know that as a principal of a school with many initiatives, Larry’ support has been essential. Ultimately, our kids are much better off for his efforts.”

Glaze is in his 37th year in education, 32 of which have been spent as a school administrator. He has served as principal at all levels of K-12 education, and has been the superintendent at four Oregon school districts, including La Grande for the past four years.

Glaze received his Bachelor of Science degree in education from Eastern Oregon University. A diehard Oregon Ducks fan, Glaze went on to receive his Master’s degree in education, as well as his administrative degree, from the University of Oregon.

He and his wife, Patty, who live in La Grande, have three grown daughters – Amy, Amber and Aubrey.


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