William F. Goodling

Former U.S. Representative and Chairman, Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, M.Ed., Western Maryland College
Nominee:  Sharon K. Darling

Joan Countryman retired in June 2005 after twelve years as Head of Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island, a Quaker school for girls in grades kindergarten through twelve with co-educational infant and pre-school programs. Previously, she served as Assistant Head for Academic Planning and Director of Studies at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia where she taught mathematics from 1970 to 1993. She has also lectured at the University of Pennsylvania and served as a consultant to the School District of Philadelphia. Her publications include Writing to Learn Mathematics (1992), “Is Gender an Issue in Math?” in Math and Science for Girls (1993), and Black Images in American Literature(1977).

Bill Goodling’s concern for and commitment to education is well known. His background as a teacher, school principal, and superintendent of schools provided a strong foundation for his work in Congress. Congressman Bill, known as the “Father of Even Start,” served Pennsylvania’s 19th Congressional district, including Adams, Cumberland and York Counties, for 26 years. Although he served on several committees in Congress, he is most remembered for his work as Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Prior to his retirement from Congress, he was instrumental in obtaining a one-time federal appropriation to establish the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy in the College of Education at Penn State. Since his retirement from Congress, he has taken on new roles as Chairman of the Goodling Institute’s Board of Advisors and as Senior Advisor to Sagamore Associates (a federal affairs consulting group in Washington, DC). Recently, Mr. Goodling spent countless hours urging legislators to support Even Start funding. He is looking forward to presenting Best Practice Awards to selected family literacy programs during the PAACE Midwinter Adult Education Conference in February.

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