· The Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award is presented to one educator from each of Ohio’s sixteen State Support Team regions, who have made extraordinary contributions to the education of students with disabilities. Named in honor of the late Dr. Franklin B. Walter, Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1977 until 1991, a post held longer than any other state superintendent in Ohio’s history. With over 50 years of service as a teacher and administrator, Dr. Walter’s leadership is evident in many of Ohio’s quality educational initiatives and programs. Among these is the development of the nation’s first statewide plan for children with disabilities. This is the 22nd year that this award has been given.