WASA Honorary Awards

WASA annually honors and recognizes outstanding educational administrators and individuals in other professions who have made extraordinary contributions to K–12 education.

Based on the award type for which a person is nominated, the Committee will make the following considerations:

  • Could the nominee be considered a positive change agent in public education locally or at the state level?
  • Has the nominee positively affected one or more areas: Program development, staff morale, community support, student interest, learning environment, or general support for public education?
  • Has the nominee provided creative leadership in inspiring or motivating others to achieve or contribute to public education?
  • Has the nominee personally provided a special service or achieved above and beyond what is expected in the usual public school program?
  • Have others recognized the nominee as a force for constructive change in public education at the community and/or state level.

STATE AWARDS 

  • Golden Gavel Award. The recipient shall be an individual, group, association, or firm that has made an outstanding contribution to public education in the state of Washington. The contribution to education should have statewide application and be of lasting value. This award does not require current or past WASA membership. One recipient per year (award not necessarily given every year).
  • Barbara Mertens Legacy Award. Presented to an individual or group who has had a significant impact on public education in Washington—a legacy that has a lasting influence. The person or group does not have to be a member of WASA. The award comes with a $1,000 gift from D.A. Davidson & Company that is awarded to a school, foundation, or similar in the awardee's name and at his/her direction. One recipient per year (award not necessarily given every year). 
  • Service to WASA Award. The recipient shall have made contributions at the state level toward goals of WASA and shall not be a voting member of WASA. One recipient per year (award not necessarily given every year).
  • WASA Leadership Award. This award is presented to a selected WASA member who demonstrates and exemplifies outstanding leadership abilities and has made significant contributions to the field of education on a statewide level. Each region may nominate one individual from that region. The nominee must be a current member of WASA for a minimum of two years. One recipient per year.

REGION AWARDS (Application)  

  • WASA Student Achievement Leadership Award (one award per region). Recognizes innovative programs for the improvement of student achievement. This award is presented to select WASA members who have provided leadership for the implementation of an innovation that has resulted in measurable growth in student achievement. Ideally, the innovation can serve as a tool for modeling new programs. Each region shall nominate one individual. The nominee must be a current and active WASA member for a minimum of TWO years.
  • Award of Merit (one award per region). The recipient of this award shall have demonstrated effective leadership at the region level and have made a significant contribution to WASA through his/her work in the field of education in Washington. The nominee must be a current and active member of WASA for a minimum of THREE years.
  • Community Leadership Award. (WASA provides one plaque; additional plaques will be paid by region). This award is presented to community members or groups in recognition of their outstanding contributions toward education. Recipients are non-WASA members. Specific criteria includes: benefit to students, leadership, motivation, success, cooperation/coordination with local district, recognition by others, and history of service. One or more recipients per region, per year.
  • Twenty-Year Award (self-nomination). Recognizes individual’s years of service to education. This award shall be granted to any school administrator who has served as an administrator for 20 years in public school districts. The recipient must have been a member of WASA for TEN years.
  • Retirement Award (self-nomination). Honors service to the profession. The recipient must be retiring from his/her administrative responsibilities and no longer eligible for active WASA membership. The recipient must be a current member of WASA.

Awards History

2016 WASA Honorary Awards


WASA Recognizes Exemplary Educational Leaders at the 2016 AWSP/WASA Summer Conference

Statewide Awards

Golden Gavel Award

Senator Patty Murray, United States Senate

Barbara Mertens Legacy Award

Dr. Alan Burke, Executive Director, WSSDA

WASA Leadership Award

John Dekker, Assistant Executive Director, WASA

Service to WASA Award

Dr. Gay Selby, Associate Clinical Professor, WSU

2016 Region Awards


Award of Merit

Region 101                          Randy Russell, Freeman

Region 105                          Richard Cole, Sunnyside

Region 108                          Phil Brockman, Sedro-Woolley

Region 109                          Amy Beth Cook, Lake Stevens

Region 110                          Alan Spicciati, Auburn

Region 112                          Mark Mansell, La Center

Region 113                          Tim Garchow, Rainier

Region 123                          Bruce Hawkins, ESD 123

Region 171                          Richard Johnson, Okanogan

WASA Student Achievement Leadership Award

Region 101                          Brian Talbott, Nine Mile Falls

Region 105                          Kurt Hilyard, Union Gap

Region 108                          Jerry Jenkins, Northwest ESD 189

Region 109                          Jerry Jenkins, Northwest ESD 189

Region 111                          David Hammond, Bethel

Region 111                          Christine Maloney, Bethel

Region 112                          Mike Nerland, Camas

Region 113                          Shannon Criss, Winlock

Region 114                          Stephanie Parker, Olympic ESD 114

Region 123                          Saundra Hill, Pasco

Region 171                          Brian Flones, Wenatchee

 

Twenty-Year Award

Region 109                          Linda Hall, Granite Falls

Region 110                          Teri Poff, Shoreline

Region 112                          Mike Nerland, Camas

Region 113                          Kim Fry, Rochester

Region 113                          Mike Parker, Hoquiam

Region 123                          Carol Clarke, Waitsburg

Region 171                          Glenn Johnson, Cashmere

Region 171                          Michelle Price, Moses Lake

 

Retirement Award

Region 105                          Steve Myers, ESD 105

Region 105                          Rose Search, Royal

Region 108/109                    Jerry Jenkins, Northwest ESD 189

Region 109                          Jim Baker, Marysville

Region 109                          Renae Leeming, Mukilteo

Region 109                          Bill Mester, Snohomish

Region 109                          Fran Mester, Monroe

Region 109                          Ruth Peckarsky, Mukilteo

Region 109                          Fred Poss, Mukilteo

Region 109                          Mary Waggoner, Everett

Region 110                          Faith Chapel, Bainbridge

Region 110                          Teri Poff, Shoreline

Region 112                          Susan Barker, Castle Rock

Region 112                          Barbara Lomas, ESD 112

Region 112                          Dean Stenehjem, Washington School for the Blind

Region 113                          Karen Ernest, Boistfort

Region 114                          Stephanie Parker, Olympic ESD 114

Region 123                          Vangi Ellwein, North Franklin

Region 123                          Liz Flynn, Pasco

Region 123                          Bruce Hawkins, ESD 123

Region 123                          Saundra Hill, Pasco

Region 171                          Dennis Carlson, Grand Coulee Dam

Region 171                          Dan McDonald, Soap Lake

 

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