UWG’s Heaberlin Receives National Distinguished Educator Award

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Dr. Robert Heaberlin was recently awarded the 2012 Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) Distinguished Educator Award. Heaberlin, presented the award at the 39th Annual Conference for Middle Level Education in Portland, Ore., is only the second educator from Georgia to receive this honor.

The AMLE Distinguished Educator Award recognizes outstanding practitioners in middle level education who have made a significant impact on the lives of young adolescents through exemplary characteristics, leadership, vision and advocacy.

“Receiving this award in front of more than 2,000 convention attendees was a great thrill for me,” said Heaberlin, who accredits UWG for much of his success as an administrator. “The rigor and relevance of UWG’s Educational Leadership program allows its students the opportunity to step into school administration ready to meet the demands of today’s educational world. I’m excited to be a part of such a progressive program and university.”

Heaberlin is a ’90 UWG alumnus with a career in education that spans 40 years and all levels, including serving as a principal of elementary, middle and high schools. He currently serves as the principal of Lee Middle School in Coweta County, Ga., in addition to working as an adjunct assistant professor for the Department of Educational Leadership at UWG.

UWG’s National Alumni Association recently awarded Heaberlin the Alumni Spotlight Award for his career accomplishments. He was also named the 2012 National Association of Elementary School Principals’ National Distinguished Middle School Principal of the Year, the Georgia Association of Educational Leadership Outstanding Educator and received Georgia’s Dr. John Lounsbury Award.

“Throughout this incredible educational journey I have celebrated many successes and learned from so many challenges,” said Heaberlin. “Life has been good to me and I only hope that I can give back to others what has been given to me.”