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South Tama Middle School Principal Eric Townsley selected as educational leader

June 24, 2014
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Alexandria, VA ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, has selected Eric Townsley, currently the Principal at South Tama Middle School in Toledo, Stacy Amling, currently the Professor of Spanish and Honors at Des Moines Area Community College; Andrea Stewart, currently the District Gifted/Talented Coordinator at Muscatine Community School District; and Matt Townsley, currently the Director of Instruction and Technology at Solon Community School District; for its 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders. The ASCD Emerging leaders program is designed to prepare a young, diverse group of educators for potential influence and ASCD leadership.

Through the two-year Emerging Leaders program, the new class will help advance ASCD's positions and values, participate in shaping education policy and advocating for the whole child, and explore multiple ASCD leadership pathways through formal and informal roles, including serving on committees, hosting networking events for educators, advocating for sound education policy, and contributing to ASCD publications such as Educational Leadership and the Inservice blog.

"ASCD is dedicated to cultivating and supporting the next generation of education leaders," said Executive Director and CEO Judy Seltz. "This carefully selected group of educators demonstrates a passion for teaching, learning, and leadership, and each holds promise as a future leader for students around the world."

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Eric Townsley

As previously announced, the 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders will receive exclusive access to a pool of grant funds. The grant program is designed to support innovative approaches to whole child education and to help emerging leaders grow professionally.

Typically, emerging leaders have been in the education profession approximately 5 to 15 years; exhibit a broad range of diversity in position, location, cultural background, and perspective; hold promise as leaders; and are committed to ASCD's beliefs and to pursuing leadership opportunities.

For more information on ASCD's Emerging Leaders program or to learn more about ASCD's other programs, products, services, or membership opportunities, visit



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