Massachusetts resident honored for her work in education services

By Tucker Harrington

Dr. Joan Schuman was recently announced to be this year’s recipient of the Justus A. Prentice Award, which is given to a person who shows innovative ways to promote educational service agencies (ESAs), and is presented by the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA), according to the Weston Town Crier.

Schuman was honored with this award because of her work at the Northampton-based nonprofit agency, where she implemented new programs to make the Collaborative for Educational Services succeed, according to the media outlet reports.

Lisa Minnick, a board member of the Collaborative, nominated Schuman for the award. Minnick told the news source that Schuman “motivated the state to consider ESAs in a new light, and inspired smaller collaboratives to broaden their service portfolios.”

According to the AESA, the Justus A. Prentice Award is one of four recognition awards that are given out annually. The other three are the Walter G. Turner Award, the E. Robert Stephens Award and the Brian L. Talbott Award. All four awards honor a person who helps the ESAs on a national or state level.