HAMMOND | The Hammond Education Foundation honored its outstanding educators, administrators and support staff at Thursday night's Celebrating Extraordinary Educators banquet.

The event is an opportunity to honor an educator from each school, and several Outstanding Support Staff members and Outstanding Administrators from the district.

A new HEF executive director was named Thursday night as well.

After 20 years as HEF's executive director, Gail Rodovich is leaving that post. Joshua Long begins as the new executive director in July. Rodovich will remain as a consultant, working alongside Josh to mentor him while he learns HEF’s annual schedule of grants, scholarships and projects.

The HEF was formed as a philanthropic partner to the School City of Hammond in 1983. It supports students, teachers and administrators through classroom grants, scholarships and special projects. To date, more than $1,250,000 has been awarded.

Those honored Thursday night include:

Outstanding Support Staff Members: Central Administration: Bonnie Banas and June Phillippe; Clark Middle School/High School: Melanie Kaminsky.

Outstanding educators are: ACC — Scott Miller; Clark MS/HS — Tracy Moyers; Gavit MS/HS — Anne Copp; Hammond High — Carlton Glassford; Morton High — James Hoelzel; Eggers MS — Diane Dudzik; Scott MS — Christina Bisbee; Columbia — Holly Strains; Edison — Ana Rodriguez; Franklin — Beth Minniti; Harding — Deborah Penrod; Hessville — Sherri Prast; Irving — William Ferry; Jefferson – Stacie Schuster; Kenwood — Victoria Gonzalez; Lafayette — Jennifer Sudicky; Lincoln — Mary Jean Champion; Maywood — Linda Frazier; Morton Elem. — Andrea Ziemba; O’Bannon — Nancy Denny; Wallace — Michelle Yonan. The outstanding administrators were Jefferson Elementary Principal  Denise Eismin and Anthony Salinas, director of the language development program.