This award recognizes leaders who exemplify the qualities modeled by the late Effie Hall Jones, educator and AASA associate executive director—her professional and personal commitment to diversifying the field of education with high quality leaders and to ensuring the best education for all students. The award honors Jones’ efforts to elevate the status of minorities and women in education and her legacy of justice, humanity and promise for all children.
During her long career in public education, Raimondi has served as teacher, counselor, administrator and faculty member. She has championed educational excellence for all children, working with parents, teachers and administrators, to promote equitable practices and high-quality learning opportunities, and to remove barriers to participation. Raimondi has been active in local, state, and national professional organizations, has authored articles and monographs, and has given presentations at both the state and national level on issues of diversity.
She was named Monroe County Educator of the Year by the Bloomington (Ind.) Chamber of Commerce, and received the Educator of the Year award by the Stacey Toran Foundation, an organization that supports disadvantaged youth. Recently, she was named Title IX Hero by Indiana Humanities. For her scholarship and research she was named the B.L. Dodds Fellow by the University of Illinois and recently was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Martin University for her efforts on behalf of children of color.