Western & Southern Financial Group has announced that Belinda Wallace, principal at Cincinnati Public Schools' Rockdale Academy, has been named the 2017 Dr. Lawrence C. Hawkins Educator of the Year.
Wallace was chosen by Western & Southern and CPS from finalists who were nominated by their CPS peers for the award. She was recognized on May 3, 2017, with a plaque and a personal check for $10,000 during a ceremony at Western & Southern’s Guilford Institute.
“We are very pleased to recognize Belinda for advancing the quality of education at Cincinnati Public Schools,” said John F. Barrett, Western & Southern’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Recognizing educators like Belinda and preparing young people for the future is a focus of Western & Southern in its efforts to help make Cincinnati great.”
Belinda has been employed with CPS for 20 years, serving as the principal of Rockdale Academy for eight years.
“Demonstrating outstanding leadership and effectiveness, Belinda is truly deserving of the Dr. Lawrence C. Hawkins Educator of the Year Award, a recognition that exemplifies educators’ passion for their work,” said Mary Ronan, superintendent of CPS. “We thank Western & Southern for honoring Belinda and commend all of the educators who were nominated – that in and of itself is an honor.”
Western & Southern established the Dr. Lawrence C. Hawkins Educator of the Year Award in 2007 to inspire and reward excellence among CPS educators. This distinguished award honors one educator each year who has elevated the educational process in public schools to an exceptional level through personal commitment, dedicated focus and outstanding results. The namesake of the award, Dr. Lawrence C. Hawkins, was a member of the elite Tuskegee Airmen, a well-respected Cincinnati educator, former executive vice president of administration at the University of Cincinnati and former Western & Southern board member. He passed away in 2009.
For more information on the Dr. Lawrence C. Hawkins Educator of the Year Award, visit westernsouthern.com/hawkinsaward.
Photo: (L-R) John F. Barrett, Western & Southern’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, Belinda Tubbs-Wallace, Principal of Rockdale Academy and CPS Superintendent, Mary Ronan.