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Dr. Maurice Schankerman '51

M SchankermanDr. Maurice (Moe) Schankerman has never been satisfied with mediocrity. His years as an elementary/junior high school teacher and principal demonstrate a commitment to transcend the norm and create a challenging, stimulating and unique environment for students and teachers. His service to the community and to Butler reveals that same determination.

Schankerman began his teaching career at School #45 in the Indianapolis Public School system. He taught physical education and science for seven years before he became an assistant principle. He spent the majority of his career at Lew Wallace School #107. There, he worked to maintain a high level of academic excellence as well as respect among the staff.

On occasion, throughout the year, Schankerman prepared a breakfast for the staff and, though he retired in 1990, he and his wife of 40-plus years, Marilyn, still get together with current and former #107 staff members.

He was a founding member of the Indiana Jewish Historical Society and served as president of the Ohev Zedeck Cemetery Association. In 2001, Butler honored him with the Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement Award.

Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement Award

Born in Rensselaer, Ind., Dr. Maurice Schankerman has lived in Indianapolis since 1947. He earned his bachelors degree from Butler University in 1951, where he was president of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and played varsity football for four years. He received his doctorate in education from Indiana University. He completed two years active duty with the United States Army and served in the Indiana National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve. He was the recipient of the Army Commendation for Outstanding Service.

Dr. Schankerman has worked as an elementary and junior high school principal in the Indianapolis Public School system and as an adjunct professor at IUPUI, the University of Indianapolis and Butler. In 1993 the Dr. Maurice Schankerman Media Center of Lew Wallace School #107 was dedicated in recognition of his leadership and service to the school and community. He also has received the Mayor's Proclamation, the City of Indianapolis Service Award, the Society for Intensified Education Service Award, the Jewish National Fund Service Award and the Freedom Foundation American Educators Medal.

Dr. Schankerman is a founding member and past vice president of the Indiana Jewish Historical Society. He currently serves as president of the Ohev Zedeck Cemetery Association. As an executive board member of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, he acts as chairperson of the education roundtable. His participation in professional activities includes the National Association of School Principals, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Indiana Association of School Principals, Phi Delta Kappa Professional Association and volunteer services in the Indianapolis Public Schools.

In 1972, he was asked to occupy a seat on the Hebrew Academy's first board of directors, a post he has held with distinction ever since as curriculum advisor. In June 1999, Dr. and Mrs. Schankerman were recipients of the Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis Life Distinguished Service Award.

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