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Vol. 46, No. 19
March 26, 2012

Education official honored by Missouri School Administrators Association

Karla Eslinger

Karla Eslinger, an assistant commissioner for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, was honored recently by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) for her service to public education.  Eslinger was one of eight former educators to receive the association's Outstanding Emeritus Educator Award for 2012.

The award was presented to Eslinger March 21 during MASA's spring conference in Lake Ozark.

Eslinger began her teaching career in the Lutie R-VI School District where she later served as K-12 principal. She continued her career in education as elementary principal at the Gainesville R-V School;  director of curriculum and instruction, assistant superintendent, and superintendent at the Ava R-1 School District; and superintendent of the West Plains R-VII School District.

She joined the state education department in 2010 as assistant commissioner for the Office of Educator Quality.

MASA presents the Outstanding Emeritus Educator Award annually to recognize individuals for significant accomplishments as a school administrator, length of service, participation in MASA while an active member and continued interest in public education following retirement. 

Eslinger was nominated for the award by her colleagues in the southwest region of the state.