2013 Brock Prize Jurors

H. Mark American Horse

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H. Mark American Horse
Criminal Justice Instructor at Central Tech, Sapulpa, OK
Nominee: Reynaldo L. Martinez

H. Mark American Horse is a Criminal Justice Instructor at Central Tech. Mark served as a Marine in Force Recon, a Special Ops Team leader, internationally as a S.W.A.T. Team leader, and demolitions instructor. He has traveled the world as a bodyguard to royalty, diplomats, and executives. Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and in Safety Education from North Eastern Oklahoma State University. He also earned a Master of Science in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership from Oklahoma State University.

He has served as his Trade Group Chairman for eight years, and on multiple national steering committees. Educational institutions in six states have used Mark’s classroom as a pattern for their programs. He is a National Board Certified Teacher, has been the OkACTE New Teacher of the Year, the ACTE 2010 National Teacher of the Year, and the 2011 SkillsUSA National Advisor of the Year.

Staying on the cutting edge of his industry, Mark is the Director of Tactical Operations for High Threat Solutions LLC, where he is in charge of law enforcement and civilian tactical training. His duties include creating custom curriculum for law enforcement, civic organizations, and private security companies in the areas of anti-terrorism and security.


Lori Lamb

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Lori L. Lamb
Arkansas Department of Education, Alternative Education
Director, The Governor’s Pygmalion Commission on Nontraditional Education
President, National Alternative Education Association
Nominee: Mark D. Williams

Lori Lamb is an experienced educator with students K-12 throughout her unique teaching career. She is privileged to have instructed special needs, multiple language ELL, traditional, challenging, at-risk, and gifted and talented students in many settings. During 20 years as a classroom teacher, Lori learned very quickly that her students were the best teachers. The learners taught new forms of communication and compensation, and it was up to Mrs. Lamb to help them create successful pathways for their futures. Educational efforts occurred at East Texas State University, BS Elementary Education and Special Education. Current graduate work at Arkansas State University in Educational Leadership is almost completed.

Experience attending multiple schools combined with a traumatic childhood helped define the commitment made to alternative education programs throughout our nation and internationally. Lori Lamb has been a keynote speaker in TX, OH, FL, WV, MI, TN, GA, AR, OK, and has also conducted numerous sessions on various topics. Lori’s experiences as a parent and foster mother have also helped create the determination necessary to create new solutions in education.


Richard Miller

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Richard K. Miller
President and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Nominee: Howard Gardner

Richard K. Miller was appointed President (and first employee) of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in 1999, where he also holds an appointment as professor of mechanical engineering. He served as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa from 1992-1999, and spent the previous 17 years on the engineering faculties at USC and UCSB. Dr. Miller's research interests are in innovative engineering education and applied mechanics, where he has authored about 100 publications and given numerous keynote presentations. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, has won five teaching awards, and received the Legacy award from the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa. He has also served as chair of NSF’s Engineering Advisory Committee and served on advisory committees for the World Bank, National Academy of Engineering, Harvard University, and other institutions. Dr. Miller earned a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering in 1971 from the University of California, Davis, where he received the 2002 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. He earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1972 and a Ph.D. in applied mechanics from the California Institute of Technology in 1976.


Michael Riendeau

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Michael Riendeau
Assistant Headmaster for Academic Affairs, Eagle Hill School, Hardwick, MA
Nominee: Thomas Skrtic

Since 1997, Michael has directed the academic programs at Eagle Hill School (www.ehs1.org), a college preparatory boarding school serving students with learning (dis)abilities. He continues to teach in the English department at Eagle Hill, where he began teaching in 1989 after completing his A.B. in English at the College of the Holy Cross.

Michael completed his doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts in 2003. His professional and research interests include literacy and reading, disability theory, and teacher preparation and induction. Most recently, Michael has focused on a project that seeks to redefine middle and high school instruction in literature, giving greater attention to the exploratory nature of reading for academic purposes.

Michael was the founding director of the EHS Institute for Teacher Induction, a weeklong professional development program for early career teachers focusing on reducing teacher attrition in urban settings. Since its inception in 2004, the Institute has worked with more than 800 teachers from urban centers in Massachusetts, including Boston, Worcester, and Springfield, as well as teachers from several other U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Andrea K Rorrer

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Andrea K. Rorrer
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
Director, Utah Education Policy Center
Nominee: Robert C. Pianta

Andrea Rorrer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Utah and Director of the Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah. She received her master’s degree at the University of Virginia and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Andrea’s professional experiences in education included serving as a policy analyst and a research associate in Texas, and a school leader and a classroom teacher in Virginia. Andrea’s scholarship and publications focus on leadership, and districts and the state as actors in organizational and policy change, particularly those changes aimed at increasing equity in student access and outcomes.

In 2006, Andrea led the reinvigoration of the Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah. The UEPC provides research, evaluation, and technical assistance support to local schools and school districts, state educational agencies, and community organizations on educational issues. The UEPC also serves as the research partner for the state’s longitudinal data system, which includes K-12, post-secondary education, and workforce service data.

Andrea has been recognized for her scholarship, including being awarded the American Education Research Association Division A "Education Administration" 2001 Dissertation Award, the University Council for Educational Administration Jack A. Culbertson Award in 2006 for outstanding contributions to the field as a junior professor, and the 2008 College of Education Research Award in 2008.

Andrea has been an Executive Committee member of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) since 2007 and now serves as President of UCEA. UCEA is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children.


Vernon C. Smith

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Vernon C. Smith
Chief Academic Officer and Provost at MyCollege Foundation
Nominee: Linda Thor

Dr. Vernon C. Smith is the Chief Academic Officer and Provost at MyCollege Foundation, where he works to help low-income youth in America gain quality college degrees more affordably. For over 20 years he worked at Rio Salado College, the largest online two-year community college, where he served in many positions including Faculty Chair for Foreign Languages, Faculty Senate President, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Dean of Instruction, and as Vice President of Academic Affairs. He was a pioneer in online language courses and programs, and is nationally recognized as an innovator in the field. He has an extensive background in distance learning issues and practices, adjunct faculty development, effective assessment, retention strategies, and predictive modeling for student success.

Dr. Smith earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Latin American Studies and Spanish at Brigham Young University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and holds a Master of Organizational Behavior from the Marriott School of Management. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Organization and Administration of Higher Education from the Center for the Study of Higher Education at The University of Arizona.

Dr. Smith served with Transparency by Design, a national accountability initiative, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of EDUCAUSE.


Stacy DeCorsey

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Lucretia Octavia Tripp
Associate Professor, Curriculum and Teaching, Auburn University
Nominee: Marilyn Irving

Lucretia Octavia Tripp is an Associate Professor in Elementary Education, Curriculum and Teaching at Auburn University with 10 years of experience teaching at the college level in the area of science. Her major focus has been to teach undergraduate and graduate students seeking a degree in elementary education. She has 11 years of experience as a Program Coordinator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Urban and Rural Community Enrichment Program (URCEP) in middle grades education. She has taught as an adjunct and an online professor (Curriculum and Instruction) and has 10 years of experience as a classroom teacher at the middle and elementary grades. She has a Doctorate in Educational Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Natural and Applied Sciences with a concentration in Aviation and Space Science from Oklahoma State University. She has her Bachelor of Science degree from Wesleyan College in Middle Grades Education.

Dr. Tripp recently received the 2012 undergraduate faculty teaching award at Auburn, and also led a study abroad program to Malawi, Africa with 11 students and three faculty members in teaching, mentoring, and working in the schools and community of Lilongwe, Malawi.

Her research has focused on girls in science from underrepresented populations in elementary and middle school teaching, the use of learning and temperament styles in teaching, and the use of virtual classrooms for preparing preservice teachers to teach at the elementary level.

She is developing her international presence by conducting presentations and talks in Belgium, China, Japan, Greece, and Africa, working with teachers and students to improve science teaching and science learning.


William Robert White

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William Robert White
Ponca City Public Schools Superintendent (Retired) and Career Educator
Nominee: Freda Deskin

Dr. White’s career as an Oklahoma Educator spans 40 years serving as a teacher, elementary principal, superintendent, and adjunct professor. Bill graduated from Charles Page High School, Sand Springs, Oklahoma. His post-secondary education was interrupted by military training, where he earned the rank of Sergeant First Class (E7). He earned Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, and Doctor of Education degrees from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

He recently completed 15 years as adjunct teacher in the Masters of Education program for Southern Nazarene University, where he taught School Law and Oklahoma School Finance. He served as Superintendent of Deer Creek Schools (nine years) and Ponca City Schools (10 Years), retiring in 2004. Bill was selected by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators as the Superintendent of the Year in 2000 and given the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. In 2011, he was inducted into the Oklahoma State University Education Hall of Fame.

Bill is actively involved in the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief Team, with which he has traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana, and Haiti as well as several tornado sites in Oklahoma. He recently participated in constructing a chapel at Camp Grubber near Muskogee. He spends all of his spare time turning “segmented bowls” and studying the connections between various woods and trees mentioned in the Bible and our understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


William Robert White

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David A. Wick
Chief Development Officer, KIPP Foundation
Nominee: Dave Levin and Mike Feinberg

As Chief Development Officer at the KIPP Foundation, David is a member of the leadership team that determines the KIPP Foundation’s strategy to grow the KIPP network of schools with quality and sustainability. In his role, he oversees the Foundation's development strategy and execution, and works closely with KIPP’s schools and regions across the country, providing direct consultative support around fundraising planning. Under his leadership over the past five years, the Foundation has raised over $140 million, fueling the growth of the KIPP network from 57 to 109 schools nationally.

Prior to joining KIPP, David served as Managing Director for Capital Giving for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Before that, he was a Regional Director for Capital Giving at Harvard. David began his career in development as an Annual Fund Officer for the University of Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and earned a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A native of Sheboygan, WI, David and his wife Mieka make their home in the Washington, DC area with their daughter Annabelle and son Samuel.