Jack London Award Recipients


Preschool Category:

Lattice Educational Achievement Preschool (LEAP), Lattice Educational Services
Program Coordinators: Nancy Alcott and Krystal Coleman
The goal of LEAP is to provide a high quality inclusive preschool program which provides the specialized services needed to meet the needs of children with disabilities.

Elementary Category:

A Creek Runs Through It, Mark West School
Program Coordinators: Gary Graves
The goal of A Creek Runs Through It is to create young scientists who have a true connection to the world around them.

Secondary Category:

Vocational Training School (VTS), Greenacre Homes & School
Program Coordinators: Jesper Nordqvist and Andrew Saffold
The goal of VTS is teaching employment readiness through student-run businesses.


Elementary Category:

Fairfield-Suisun Public Safety Academy, Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District
Program Coordinators: Laurie Halcomb and Katie Lee
The mission of the Public Safety Academy is to develop college- and career-ready cadets, with an emphasis on the Public Safety Field, through a process of rigorous academics, realistic hands-on training, fitness, discipline, and attitude and leadership development.

Secondary Category:

Fairfield-Suisun Adult School Trade Classes, Fairfield-Suisun Adult School
Program Coordinators: James Woods and Elizabeth Kolakoski

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District's Adult School offers Professional Trades programs to students with the opportunity to learn skills leading to well-paying careers. Highly qualified and industry trained instructors provide engaging curriculum to students in hands-on classrooms designed to give students employable skills at an accelerated pace. These services are currently provided at no cost to the student as we build quality programs to serve our community and region.


Engineering, Design and Technology Academy, Sonoma Valley High School
Program Coordinators: Andrew Ryan, Vice Principal, and Drue Jacobs, Teacher
Program Goal: In 2012, Sonoma Valley High School, working closely with industry representatives and the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation launched our Engineering, Design and Technology (EDT) Academy. Shortly thereafter, we aligned our practice with the National Academy Foundation (NAF). Students enrolling in this program are offered a wide array of Work-Based Learning experiences ranging from field trips and job shadows to compensated internships. We use Project Lead The Way (PLTW) curriculum; a long standing staple in rigorous secondary engineering curriculum and offer our students a bevy of industry skill development through our MakerSpace.


Early/Elementary Category:

A Living Systems Curriculum for Early Education, Sonoma State Children’s School
Program Coordinators: Lia Thompson-Clark, Director and Lynn Lyle, Teacher
Program Goal: We are all researchers here at the Children’s School; we have inherited the environment and have been developing it for many years. Our challenge, or calling, is how to make it the best laboratory that we can for young researchers to learn about life, to learn about concepts of physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, literacy, and all matters of the heart.

Secondary Category:

KTV Broadcast Media, Kenilworth Junior High School, Petaluma
Program Coordinators: Laura Bradley and Issac Raya, Teachers
Program Goal: Give students ownership of and responsibility for a significant final product; teach students the skills necessary to plan, produce and broadcast a daily news program; providing engaging delivery of school information to keep students, staff and community members updated; provide a wide audience for student work.


Early/Elementary Category:

El Verano Community School, Sonoma
Program Coordinators: Maite Iturri, Principal
Program Goal: Provide a strong core instructional program designed to enrich the learning of health, mental health, and social services to promote students well being and remove barriers to learning.

Secondary Category:

Health Science and Biotechnology, Piner High School, Santa Rosa
Program Coordinators: Judy Barcelon, Mark Mantoani, Dante DePaola
Program Goal: Provide comprehensive overview of careers in field of health sciences and biotechnology.


Early/Elementary Category:

Adlerian Positive Discipline Program, Santa Rosa Charter School, Santa Rosa, LaDonna Moore and Catherine McCracken, Directors

International Bacchalaureate World School Program, Park Side Elementary School, Sebastopol, Jude Kreissman, Program Director

Secondary Category:

Project Make Program, Comstock Middle School, Santa Rosa City Schools, John Lundblad and Dawn Thomas Program Directors


Early/Elementary Category:

Arts Integration Program, Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts, Santa Rosa City Schools, Santa Rosa Elizabeth Evans, Principal and Kim Jason, Teacher

Secondary Category (2 awards):

Northwest Prep Reinvented, Northwest Prep Charter School, Piner Olivet Union School District, Santa Rosa
Tony Harris, Principal

Science Club, Lawrence Cook Middle School, Santa Rosa City School District, Santa Rosa, Allegra Buschman, Teacher

Cook Middle School Students receiving the 2013 Jack London Award for their Science Club


Teacher Nancy Saylor and three others from Oak Grove School receiving the Jack London award certificate

Elementary Category: Primos, Oak Grove Elementary School, Santa Rosa, Nancy Saylor, Program Coordinator

Program Goal: Bring together high school mentors and elementary English language learners to improve academic skills and foster a desire to succeed.

Carlos Ayala posing with project director Marie Ganister and the team of teachers from Windsor High School's Vineyard Academy

Secondary Category: Windsor High School, Windsor, Marie Ganister, Program Coordinator

Program Goal: Vineyard Academy is dedicated to the education of our students with an emphasis on the hospitality and culinary environment of Sonoma County.