Four Anaheim Union educators have been inducted into the International Educators’ Hall of Fame.
They are Anaheim High School dance teacher Meg Elder; Magnolia High School art teacher William Wilkerson; and retired AUHSD educators Paul Schiada and Michael Slagle.
This is the 23rd year individuals who are luminaries in the field are being inducted into the hall. The inductions will take place in a ceremony at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.
The International Hall of Fame is the brainchild of Dr. Patricia Adelekan. She had attended a sports hall of fame event organized by a friend and was impressed with the lives of the inductees.
“As I stood in the back of the banquet hall observing … I was obsessed with the idea of an Educators’ Hall of Fame to honor the magnificent teachers/administrators I had met while getting acquainted in the Sacramento Unified School District,” where she then worked as a research specialist.
Dr. Adelekan turned for support to a school administrator, who affirmed her idea and volunteered to chair the first committee meeting. That work led to the first class of 12 inductees.
In 1996, the Hall of Fame became an international entity. Today, there are more than 500 inductees from 20 countries.
To be eligible for nomination, a candidate must have served in the field of education for at least 20 years or be retired educator. They must show that they have “done more than the call of duty.”
“We are proud of all the Hall of Famers and appreciate the legacies they create and leave behind,” Dr. Adelekan said.
AUHSD Superintendent Michael Matsuda echoed the founder’s praise.
“Meg Elder, Paul Schiada, William Wilkerson, and Michael Slagle have left their mark on the field of education through the thousands of students whose lives they have impacted in the course of their careers,” the superintendent said. “Being inducted into the International Hall of Fame is a fitting tribute to them.”