Anthony B. Harduar
Principal, Central Elementary School, Ferndale, Washington, M.Ed. in Reading, University of Alaska Anchorage
Nominee: Ruby K. Payne
Mr. Anthony (Tony) B. Harduar, has served as principal of Central Elementary School for eight years. During his tenure he has initiated many changes to improve student achievement. In 2002 Governor Locke and Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson honored Central School as Reading School of the Month.
Before moving to Washington and the principalship of Central School, he served as teacher, elementary and middle school principal, and central office supervisor in Anchorage, Alaska. He was an adjunct professor with the School of Education of the University of Alaska Anchorage and also a visiting professor in the School of Education for the Alaska Pacific University.
Mr. Harduar is a recipient of the Milken Family Foundation Educator Award and the Kappa Delta Gamma Golden Apple Award. He served as member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Elementary School Principals from July 2000 to June 2005 serving as President from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004.
Mr. Harduar was born and grew up in Jamaica. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from Alaska Pacific University in 1974 and a Certificate in Elementary Education from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1977. He received a Masters of Education in Reading (1980) and a Certificate in Public School Administration (1981) from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Mr. Harduar is often described as a visionary. He has inspired others to develop and implement programs to meet the needs of all children, helping them to reach their full potential.
Tony and his wife Linda have four grown children.