Statewide Awards Program

Updates & Announcements

  • 2018 State Award Recipients will be announced on Monday, March 26.
  • The State Awards Ceremony/Dinner will be held Friday, Nov. 9 at the Leadership Summit in San Diego.
  • The 2019 Awards Program entry window will open in August of this year. Check back this summer for more information.

Join us in celebrating Every Student Succeeding

Watch a new feature video in our 19-part series every Tuesday, and download the 2018 nomination form to help us honor California students who have succeeded against all odds.

ACSA Awards Online

Nominations for 2018 awards are currently under review by region leaders, who will be submitting their state finalists to the Awards Committee on Monday, Feb. 5.

Program Overview

About ACSA's Statewide Awards Program

One of ACSA's priorities is to ensure that school leaders are recognized for their excellence. Through our annual awards program, we honor students, administrators and community organizations for their achievements and their dedication to public education.

Read complete Award Overview

  • Each year ACSA recognizes a select group of individuals for their significant contributions to education through three prestigious awards named in memory of past ACSA leaders: Ferd Kiesel Memorial Distinguished Service Award, Marcus Foster Memorial Award for Administrator Excellence and Robert E. Kelly Award.
  • In addition, members are honored for outstanding performance and achievement as Administrators of the Year in 21 job-alike categories.
  • The Valuing Diversity Award is given to the member whose efforts to promote diversity epitomize ACSA’s mission statement.
  • Programs and businesses that collaborate with administrators in support of education are also recognized though the Partners in Educational Excellence Award.
  • ACSA also recognizes the extraordinary achievements of students through the Every Student Succeeding Program.


Nominations for ACSA's Statewide Awards Program can be found through the awards online platform. The entry period for 2018 closed on Jan. 12.

Contact Us

ACSA Awards Program
Emily Agpoon, Program Coordinator
1029 J Street, Suite 500 | Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 329-3833 | fax (916) 596-9556

Other ACSA Awards

Exemplary Woman in Education Award

The inaugural Exemplary Woman in Education Award was presented at the ACSA/AASA/NASS Women in School Leadership Forum in Newport Beach, Sept. 28-29.

Ray Curry Award

The ACSA Human Resources Council Personnel Institute Committee presents the Ray Curry Award annually to an outstanding human resources/personnel administrator. The 2017 award was presented on Oct. 4.

Negotiator of the Year

During ACSA's Negotiators' Symposium, an outstanding ACSA Human Resources administrator will be awarded Negotiator of the Year. Nominations were due Nov. 13, and will be presented on Jan. 17.

Award Recipients

2017 Award Recipients

ACSA is proud to recognize the 2017 state award honorees. We offer our sincerest congratulation to all of this year's nominees, who without exception
represent the excellence and commitment of California's educators.

Ferd Kiesel Memorial
Distinguished Service Award

The Ferd. Kiesel Memorial Distinguished Service Award is ACSA's highest honor. Each year, we honor one individual who has made a significant contribution to education. The award is named after Ferd. Kiesel, ACSA founding president, a man whose personal commitment to schools and students-and to this association-was exemplary.

Sherry Skelly Griffith
Executive Director, California State PTA
Region 3

Marcus Foster Memorial Award for
Administrator Excellence

ACSA established the Marcus Foster Memorial Award to honor educators who model the vision of Marcus Foster vision. Foster took risks to improve educational opportunities. His inclusive management style gave community and staff comfort and confidence. He was creative, and willing to try new ideas to reach out to students. Foster was a skilled manager of change. Recipients of this award receive a $5,000 grant for a designated high school senior or seniors.

Terri Rufert
Superintendent, Sundale Union ESD
Region 11

Robert E. Kelly Award

ACSA's Robert E. Kelly Award honors individuals who help advance the high quality of public education and who have made significant contributions on a volunteer basis over the years. Recipients of this award receive a $5,000 grant for the nonprofit, tax-exempt charity of his or her choice.

Marianne Hamor
Region 15

Partners in Educational Excellence

ACSA's Partners in Educational Excellence Award recognizes exemplary school-community partnership programs.

Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative (BAWSI)
Region 8

Valuing Diversity Award

ACSA's Valuing Diversity Award recognizes those who further ACSA's mission by promoting diversity and support for all children, parents and staff.

Pamela Jo Wilson
Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services,
Murrieta Valley USD
Region 19

Administrators of the Year

Superintendent of the Year

Mary Sieu
Superintendent, ABC USD
Region 14

Secondary Principal of the Year

Deborah L. Rowe
Principal, James C. Enochs High School, Modesto City Schools
Region 7

Middle Grades Principal of the Year

Ann Allen
Principal, McAuliffe Middle School, Los Alamitos USD
Region 17

Elementary Principal of the Year

Margaret Lynch
Principal, Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, Wiseburn USD
Region 14

Central Office Administrator of the Year

Judy Flores
Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, Shasta COE
Region 1

Secondary Co-Administrator of the Year

Mistee Hightower-Guzman
Vice Principal, East Avenue Middle School, Livermore Valley Joint USD
Region 6

Elementary Co-Administrator of the Year

Trent Duffey
Assistant Principal, Lyman Gilmore Middle School, Grass Valley SD
Region 2

Confidential Employee of the Year

Laryn Bishop
Chief Assistant to the County Superintendent,
Solano COE
Region 4

Personnel/Human Resources Administrator
of the Year

Sabine Robertson-Phillips
Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources,
Redlands USD
Region 12

Adult Education Administrator of the Year

Gary Sutherland
Principal, Adult Education Programs, El Dorado COE
Region 2

Career Technical Education Administrator
of the Year

Kathleen Porter
Executive Director - Career Technical, Adult and Alternative Education, Poway USD
Region 18

Special Education Administrator of the Year

Ginny Maiwald
Director of Student Services, Menlo Park CSD
Region 5

Superintendent/Principal of the Year

Jeremy Powell
Superintendent/Principal, Sequoia Union SD
Region 11

Business Services Administrator of the Year

Michael “Sid” Albaugh
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services,
Rescue Union SD
Region 2

Pupil Personnel Administrator of the Year

Josie Paredes
Director, Student Services, Covina-Valley USD
Region 15

Curriculum and Instruction Administrator
of the Year

Julianne Hoefer
Director of Educational Services, Fountain Valley SD
Region 17

Continuation/Educational Options Administrator of the Year

Elsie Briseno Simonovski
Principal, Richland Continuation High School,
Orange USD
Region 17

Professor of Education of the Year

Trudy Tuttle Arriaga
Distinguished Educator in Residence,
California Lutheran University
Region 13

Retired Administrator of the Year

Gary Bray
Management Consultant, Kern County Supt. of Schools
Region 11

Technology Administrator of the Year

Jonathan Blackmore
Director of 21st Century Learning and Special Projects, Covina-Valley USD
Region 15

For information on regional award recipients, please find your Region in the dropdown menu or visit our Regions page.

Download an archive of all past state ACSA Awards recipients.

Every Student Succeeding

2017 Every Student Succeeding Honorees

ACSA believes every student deserves equal opportunities to succeed. On every school day throughout California, dedicated educators and courageous students overcome tremendous obstacles to reach their goals of academic excellence. Their success is our success; their powerful stories are our inspiration.

ACSA's Every Student Succeeding program honors students who exceed our expectations and the educators who support them along the way. We are proud to highlight these young men and women who have overcome great obstacles to succeed. They face life's challenges head on. Their stories are remarkable and their futures are bright.


The purpose of this award is to honor students at all grade levels who have succeeded, against all odds, beyond expectations or simply won the hearts of the administrators and other educators who helped them achieve their goals. One student from each region will be honored.


The success of these students should be tied to the work of ACSA administrators and requires background information about how an ACSA member has contributed to the student's success.

We know that other educators will also have made significant contributions to their support, including board members, teachers, guardians, community members, etc.

Nominees should be students who have made a special effort to succeed and have overcome obstacles such as:

  • Returning to school
  • Leaving a gang
  • Improving their attendance
  • Changing their attitude
  • Overcoming physical and mental barriers

They should also be active in:

  • After-school programs
  • Community service
  • Student conflict resolution
  • Cross-age tutoring
  • Peer mediation
  • Peer tutoring

Nominees can come from programs such as:

  • Adult Education
  • Alternative Education
  • At-risk
  • Bilingual
  • Continuation School

Nomination Process

Nominations must be sent directly to the nominee's region. Each region will select one winner and honor them at region events throughout the year.

Download 2018 nomination form.


Contact your region president or check your region's web site for the region deadline. The deadline for submission of 2018 recipient information to state ACSA by region presidents will be March 2, 2018. Regions, please send your completed student nomination form (only one student recipient per region) to the state ACSA Awards Program coordinator:

Attn: Emily Agpoon, ACSA Awards Program
1029 J Street, Suite 500, Sacramento, CA 95814
916.329.3833 | Fax: 916.596.9556 |


Students will be honored at ACSA's Leadership Summit Every Student Succeeding Luncheon in November, as well as at various regional events. ACSA will actively publicize award recipients through the news media, and ACSA's website, publications and social media channels.

Buy additional tickets for the 2017 ESS Luncheon, Nov. 2 in San Jose.

Nomination Forms

The deadline for submission of all 2018 ACSA Award Program nominations was Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

Please check with your region for the 2018 Every Student Succeeding nomination deadline.

2018 Nomination Forms

  • ACSA Awards Nomination Portal
  • Nominations for all 2018 ACSA awards except the Every Student Succeeding Program will be submitted through our new online platform.
  • Every Student Succeeding Program Nomination Form
  • Honors students at all grade levels who have succeeded, against all odds, beyond expectations, or simply won the hearts of the administrators and other educators who helped them achieve their goals.

Help & Resources

For additional help, contact the awards coordinator.

Watch a brief demo & overview of the new ACSA Awards online platform: