Friend of the Year Past Recipients


2016 Recipient - TAMSA

TAMSA started in 2011 as a statewide, grassroots organization of concerned parents that supports a more reasoned approach to student testing. The TAMSA mission is to improve public education in Texas through the use of meaningful and effective student assessments that allow for more productive classroom instruction and more efficient use of public funds.  TAMSA is a nonpartisan organization; working in a cooperative manner with school districts, legislators, and other key policy makers to develop meaningful student assessment for Texas students.

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Dr. Mike Moses

2015 Recipient - Dr. Mike Moses

Dr. Moses is the Endowed Chair of Educational Leadership at the University of North Texas in Denton. He has served as a Texas educator and leader for more than 30 years. From 1995 to 1999, he was the Commissioner of Education for the state of Texas. He served as Deputy Chancellor for Systems Operations at Texas Tech University System from 1999 to 2001 and as General Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District from 2001 until 2004. Prior to his position in Dallas, Dr. Moses was the superintendent of schools in other Texas school districts, including Lubbock, LaMarque, and Tatum.  Currently he serves as Senior Educational Advisor for Raise Your Hand Texas and the Center for Reform of School Systems.

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2014 Recipient - Diane Ravitch


A public school graduate herself, this award winning educator’s depth of knowledge and experience shines through her passionate speeches. Diane Ravitch has developed a powerful argument against the privatization of public schools, and she will take us step-by-step through the triumphs and failures American public school system.  

2013 Recipient - Jimmie Don Aycock


Jimmie Don Aycock, Chairman of the House Public Education Committee was a champion for public school students throughout the 2013 legislative session, leading the Texas House of Representatives against ardent opposition driven by testing companies and their lobbyists to pass one of the most important pieces of legislation for public education in decades. 


2012 Recipient - Jamie Vollmer

Jamie is president of Vollmer, Inc., a public education advocacy firm working to halt the erosion of public trust and build support for America’s public schools.

2011 Recipient - Chuck and Gina Norris

Chuck and Gina NorrisFounders of KICKSTART KIDS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving middle school students the tools and support necessary to resolve conflicts, avoid participating in gangs, choose a drug-free lifestyle, resist negative peer pressure and remain in school until they graduate, strive for a higher level of academic success and become productive members of society.

2010 Recipient – Darrell and Sandi Scott

Darrell and Sandi Scott are the Founders of Rachel’s Challenge, a gripping character education program inspired by their daughter Rachel who was the first person killed at Columbine High School in 1999.

2009 Recipient – Harvey Hohenberger

2008 Recipient – Gary Kelly

2007 Recipient – Tom Frost

2006 Recipient – Michael Boone

2005 Recipient – Charles Butt