UWG professor earns national award | People
CARROLLTON, Ga. -- An adjunct assistant professor at the University of West Georgia has won the 2012 Distinguished Educator Award from the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).
Dr. Robert Heaberlin is only the second educator from Georgia to earn the honor.
He received his award during the Annual Conference for Middle Level Education in Portland, Ore., in November.
"Receiving this award in front of more than 2,000 convention attendees was a great thrill for me," Heaberlin said in a statement.
Heaberlin graduated from UWG in 1990. In addition to his position with the Carrollton-based university, he serves as principal of Lee Middle School in Sharpsburg.
Heaberlin was named the 2012 National Association of Elementary School Principals' National Distinguished Middle School Principal of the Year, and has received Georgia's Dr. John Lounsbury Award for excellence as a middle school educator.
"Through this incredible educational journey, I have celebrated many successes and learned from so many challenges," Heaberlin said. "Life has been good to me, and I only hope that I can give back to others what has been given to me."