Jerry Hartsock, principal of Austin E. Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, finds that "all in all this is the most exciting time ever to be an educator." He attributes this excitement to the novel ideas that are challenging the enclosed and hierarchical structure of the old educational system. Mr. Hartsock's model is a former teacher of his, Mr. Mason, whose dedication and enthusiasm rescued him from his own indifference and alienation as a high school sophomore. Like that teacher, Mr. Hartsock takes his cues first from his students; they are his priority, and their success and well-being are his legacy. His inclusive mode of leadership invites and thrives on the participation of teachers, parents and community at all levels of the educational process. The excellence of his service has been widely acknowledged, and he has been selected several times as Alaska Principal of the Year.
1972 Indiana University - Bloomington, B.A.