Stephanie Mohorne honored with Legacy Award
Stephanie Mohorne, center, stands with members of the Educational Leadership faculty, from left, Loleta Montgomery, Dr. Tim Gilson, Dr. Vickie Robinson, Dr. Nick Pace, Dr. Dewitt Jones, Dr. Denise Schares and Dr. Dave Else.
Stephanie Mohorne, principal of Lincoln Elementary in Waterloo, Iowa, was recognized June 4, 2014, with the first UNI Educational Leadership Legacy Award.
The award recognizes alumni of the principalship, superintendency or doctoral programs who have demonstrated exemplary practice related to the program's core values of leadership of learning, service and change. In the first year of the award, six outstanding school leaders from across the state were nominated.
Mohorne, who actually grew up in the neighborhood surrounding Lincoln Elementary, was chosen based on the passionate testimonies of those who nominated her. Under her leadership, Lincoln Elementary has made significant strides in student learning measures while implementing a rigorous and relevant professional learning program for teachers, many of whom are in their initial years of teaching. These efforts have turned around the school, once identified as one of the lowest performing in the state. Mohorne has also shown extensive outreach in the Lincoln community, including picking up family members to attend school events.
Mohorne earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in Spanish in 2000 from UNI and completed the principalship program at UNI in 2004. She is currently enrolled in UNI’s superintendency program.