May 31, 2017


2017 Hubbard Award Winners  


United Way of Central Indiana
announced Wednesday, May 31, the four individuals from Indianapolis Public
Schools who were named Hubbard Life-Changing Educators. Each winner received a
$25,000 prize.


The three winning teachers of the
Hubbard Life-Changing Educator Award are Maggie
, SITE Program at IUPUI; Julie
, SUPER School 19; and Sheila
, Elder W. Diggs School 42. The one winning principal was Shane O’Day, Shortridge International
Baccalaureate High School, who received the Hubbard Life-Changing School Leadership


During the award ceremony, each winner
was surprised with a check, a video tribute highlighting the impact he or she
has on their students and schools, and a glass-etched red apple to commemorate the


“I believe that cities across the
nation will be looking toward IPS,” said IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis D.
Ferebee. “The work of our educators is just amazing, and I’m so proud to
celebrate their accomplishments.”


Hubbard Life-Changing Educator Award Winners:


Maggie Brown, SITE Program at IUPUI

“A true Hubbard Award winner is
someone who can make everyone around them a better student, a better teacher
and a better person. This teacher has that effect on everyone who knows her,”
said a friend and colleague in Brown’s nomination letter.


Brown always goes above and beyond
what you may consider the duties of a “normal teacher.” For example, she helped
one of her students gain access to an electronic wheelchair through Medicaid
when the student’s manual wheelchair fell into disrepair. She then continued to
support this student, who was eventually able to live independently with a
roommate and work independently at the Y.M.C.A. When another student was hit by
a car, Brown stayed at the hospital to make her student feel safe and


Brown is never willing to give
up on opportunities and chances at success for her students. She promotes
positivity, growth, confidence and a sense of community among her students. She
is more than a teacher. According to a colleague, “she is an advocate, educator
and protector for the lives she molds.”


“I am so humbled right now and so
overjoyed,” said Brown after her win on Wednesday night. “It’s a team
approach.  It’s not a me, it’s a we, and
I’m so thankful to be able to share this program and share what IPS has to
offer students with disabilities through this secondary opportunity at IUPUI.”


Julie Herdman, SUPER School 19

Julie Herdman’s work extends far
beyond the typical school day. As a physical education teacher, her emphasis is
on a healthy lifestyle and physical activity while incorporating learning
opportunities that support what is taught in the classroom. She arrives at
school to lead fitness classes, and she leaves the building late after coaching
and tutoring students.


One of her student’s commented on how Herdman
is a role model: “When I think I want to give up, she tells me, ‘Don’t stop.
Push, push through it.’ I need to lose lots more weight and I’m not going to
give up. I want to make her proud of me.”


Another student, who excelled in
basketball, will be joining the coaching staff at Arsenal Technical High School
next year. Herdman coached her, found a way for her to play college basketball
and inspired her to be a role model to other young athletes.


For the students whose lives have been
touched by Herdman, there is never any doubt that she cares about them as


“It’s the biggest honor I’ve ever had
as an educator and I still can’t believe it,” said Herdman. “With this honor,
I’m tickled pink.”


Sheila Long, Elder W. Diggs School 42

“I am humbled to imagine the impact
made on the lives of the students and families she has had in her career of
over two decades as a special educator,” says a grateful colleague of Sheila


Long is a dedicated teacher whose
service to students and their families goes well beyond her classroom. Over the
last 10 years, she has consistently provided services to a student who was
severely and tragically injured while walking home from school at age seven.
After each school day, she travels to his home to read and provide lessons to
him, and she lends support to his entire family.


“I’m really, really excited and I
thank God,” said Long. “I didn’t think I was going to win because I just didn’t
think I was going to win. I’ll never forget this night. I’ll never forget the
committee.  I’ll never forget this
feeling. It really made me so very, very happy.”


Hubbard Life-Changing School Leardship Award


Principal Shane O’Day, Shortridge International Baccalaureate High

As a staff member and parent shared, “life
changing” are the perfect words to describe Shane O’Day. “His expertise goes
beyond the school’s program and general education practices.”


O’Day is an advocate for the dreams
and goals of his students and relentless in his pursuit of providing the best
opportunities for everyone in his school. He was hired to help develop and lead
a new school with a rigorous curriculum. According to a community partner,
“Shane handled a challenging transition of programs and schools with diplomacy,
transparency and an ethic of care at every stage.”


Since day one, O’Day has instituted a
practice of greeting each student by name and a handshake as they enter the
school. His immediate and steadfast dedication to setting the expectations of
respect and effort at the forefront of the school culture sets the tone of
“students first.”


“This award isn’t about Shane, it’s
about the staff and community of Shortridge High School,” said Principal O’Day.
“I’m going to take my entire winnings and divide it among the staff because
it’s for them. It’s not for me. Just because I have the title doesn’t mean I
have the greatest effect. It’s really the teachers in my building that do the
work every day in the classroom.”


Now in its fourth year, the Hubbard
Life-Changing Educator Award is managed by United Way of Central Indiana and
funded by longtime education champions Al and Kathy Hubbard through The Hubbard
Family Foundation.


“These four educators teach and
inspire their students to be the best they can be every day,” said Al Hubbard,
who serves as Chairman of E&A Companies, an Indianapolis-based business.
“Kathy and I are proud to recognize and reward these teachers and principals
for their extraordinary work in education and for going beyond the call of duty
to turn kids’ lives around.”


“At United Way, we believe every child
deserves access to a high-quality education and the chance to learn from the
finest educators,” said Ann D. Murtlow, United Way’s president and CEO. “We
know success starts early, and then it takes exceptional teachers and
principals who elevate and inspire their students. We are grateful to Al and
Kathy for this wonderful opportunity to make our life-changing educators feel


Other finalists were teachers
Katherine Hinkle (Newcomer Program), Genevieve McLeish-Petty (Northwest
Community High School), Michael Couch (Washington Irving School 14) and
principals Joyce Akridge (Carl Wilde School 79), Jeremy Baugh (Lew Wallace School
107) and Christine Collier (Center for Inquiry School 70).