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Leadership Oklahoma Honors Charlie Hollar with Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tahlequah, Okla. (Feb. 25, 2013) – Charles Hollar, the founder of Great Expectations, a non-profit foundation that provides intensive professional training to teachers and administrators, has been honored posthumously with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Leadership Oklahoma.

Great Expectations President and CEO Dr. Linda Dzialo presented the award to his daughter, Sidney Hollar, at the annual Excellence in Leadership Gala in Tulsa, Okla., on Feb. 23, 2013.

“Each year we honor individuals who made a difference in the lives of Oklahomans, and Charlie’s contributions to the community will be felt for years to come,” said Ann Ackerman, CEO of Leadership Oklahoma. “A passionate and inspiring leader, Charlie devoted 20 years to education reform, transforming the lives of thousands.”

Following a successful career as a financial planner, Hollar retired in 1990, and soon after founded Great Expectations, which has trained more than 40,000 educators since its inception in 1991. With the training program fully implemented in more than 85 schools in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas, Hollar’s legacy will live on for generations. Great Expectations continues to expand nationally, in keeping with Hollar’s vision of supporting teachers and students across the country.

In 1994, with Dr. Leo Presley, Hollar founded the Principals’ Academy at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. Training dozens of administrators annually, the Academy emphasizes team building and leadership skills. His civic activities in Ponca City, Okla., included serving on the school board, as the United Way campaign chairman, and as a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

“Charlie had an endless devotion to improving education for all children, with a focus on making school a joyful and wondrous place for students and educators,” said Dzialo. “While we miss Charlie dearly, we’re happy to recognize his long-lasting impact on education with this honor.”

About Great Expectations
Great Expectations is a school transformation model that emphasizes a climate of mutual respect and academic excellence. Founded in 1991, the non-profit foundation provides intensive professional training to teachers and administrators that promotes improved student self-esteem, attendance, discipline, parent participation, and high academic achievement. Great Expectations has a presence throughout Oklahoma and seven other states. For more information, visit

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For more information contact:
–Linda Dzialo, Ph.D., Great Expectations, 580-695-2788,

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