Deal, a 27-year veteran media specialist, is currently pursuing a principal's license at Indiana State University and is the recipient of the Indiana Principals Leadership Academy Aspiring Administrator's Scholarship and the Lewis C. Bose Scholarship for Educational Leadership.
Deal will receive $1,275 in scholarship monies for the 2009 and 2010 school years from the IPLA alumni organizations. She was selected this summer after creating a leadership DVD, completing a leadership online exam and participating in a roundtable interview process at the Dept. of Education in Indianapolis.
She was the first Vigo County educator to receive the scholarship and the eighth winner statewide.
At the Sept. 28, Vigo County School Corporation board of trustees meeting, Deal was awarded a plaque and a $2,000 scholarship from the Indianapolis Bose McKinney and Evans LLP law firm to be used in the 2010 school year. Educators from all 92 state counties were invited to compete.
The scholarship is awarded on the basis of the applicant's past academic and professional achievements, future goals, potential for leadership and financial need.
Deal has served as the media specialist/technology resource teacher at Riley Elementary School in Vigo County School Corporation for 25 years. In 1982-84, she was the librarian at the former Brazil Junior High School in the Clay Community School Corporation.
In addition to serving as the Riley media specialist, she is the Spanish enrichment teacher and the school improvement co-chair.
Deal serves on three corporation committees in language arts, reading and technology and is certified as a North Central School Improvement Team Chair.
She enjoys presenting annually at district and statewide educational conferences on leadership, school improvement, library services and technology.
Deal is married to Brazil attorney James E. Deal and is the mother of Suzanne and Keith Olsen, Jana and Evan Deal.
Suzanne is a member of the second-grade writing cadre team for the Vigo County Schools and daughter Jana is a social studies teacher at Clay City Jr./Sr. High School. Son Evan is a freshman at Indiana University.
Kathy is the daughter of Dick and Joan Wells, Brazil.
She is active in her home community in various ministries at Grace Chapel Church of Brazil and is the president of the Clay Business Women's Organization. She is the coordinator for the annual Reality Store eighth-grade project for North Clay and Clay City Jr./Sr. High School.
She is currently doing her principal internship under the direction of Riley Principal Dave Lotter, VCSC elementary director Camilla Correll and VCSC Supt. Daniel T. Tanoos.