Elizabeth Ann Sanders Receives 2016 Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award



James Minichello

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Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 11, 2016 – Elizabeth Ann Sanders, a visionary leader who has dedicated her life to improving the quality of education and the quality of life for vulnerable children, was honored today by AASA, The School Superintendent Association, with the Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award. The award was presented at AASA’s 2016 National Conference on Education in Phoenix, Ariz.

This award recognizes leaders who exemplify the qualities modeled by the late Effie Hall Jones, educator and AASA associate executive director—her professional and personal commitment to diversifying the field of education with high quality leaders and to ensuring the best education for all students. She was profiled in the film “Women at the Top” for her work with women who aspired to the superintendency. Jones was also a school administrator, teacher and counselor.

“I am excited and honored to be chosen as the 2016 recipient of this award,” said Sanders. “I am grateful for having the opportunity to work with so many dedicated educators and inspiring young people throughout my career. It is critically important that all children, despite their economic background, are positioned to turn their hopes and dreams into a reality. As educators, we must become a voice for the voiceless.”   

Throughout her successes in leadership roles in suburban, urban and university environments, as well as serving as president of the Kansas affiliate of the National Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and Johnson County League of Women Voters, the heart of Sanders’ work is her passionate commitment to creating systems that ensure the success of every learner.

Sanders’ life work has been characterized by facilitating networks and enterprises to ensure equity and access for women and minorities. Currently, she serves as an education consultant and leadership coach for the League of Women Voters as well as an adjunct professor at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan.

Sanders excelled academically at every level of her collegiate career. She has earned the distinctions of salutatorian of her community college class, outstanding graduating senior of her undergraduate class, fellowship recipient in history of her graduate class and outstanding graduate scholar of her doctoral class.

Sanders earned her undergraduate degree from Pittsburg State University with a major in history and a minor in English. One year after completion of her bachelor’s degree, she received a full fellowship and completed her master’s degree in American history with an emphasis on black history. Sanders earned her doctorate in educational policy and administration from the University of Kansas. 

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About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.