Statewide Awards Program
Updates & Announcements
- Additional tickets for the Leadership Summit Awards Ceremony/Dinner, Nov. 3 in San Jose, are available for purchase now at shop.acsa.org/summitdinner.
- Nominations for the 2018 program are now open. The deadline for submission is Jan. 12.
- Watch a demo of the new online nomination platform.
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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.
- 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 the ACSA's Statewide Awards Program can be found through the awards online platform. The entry period for 2018 will begin on Aug. 15 and close on Jan. 12.
Other ACSA Awards
Exemplary Woman in Education Award
The inaugural Exemplary Woman in Education Award will be presented at the ACSA/AASA/NASS Women in School Leadership Forum in Newport Beach, Sept. 28-29. Nominations were due by Aug. 18.
Ray Curry Award
The ACSA Human Resources Council Personnel Institute Committee presents the Ray Curry Award annually to an outstanding human resources/personnel administrator. Nominations were due July 30, and will be 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. Information about the 2018 award will be available later this year. Contact Margaret Arthofer in ACSA Educational Services with any questions about this award.
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
Marcus Foster Memorial Award for
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.
Superintendent, Sundale Union ESD
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.
Partners in Educational Excellence
ACSA's Partners in Educational Excellence Award recognizes exemplary school-community partnership programs.
Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative (BAWSI)
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
Administrators of the Year
Superintendent of the Year
Superintendent, ABC Unified School District
Secondary Principal of the Year
Deborah L. Rowe
Principal, James C. Enochs High School, Modesto City Schools
Middle Grades Principal of the Year
Principal, McAuliffe Middle School, Los Alamitos USD
Elementary Principal of the Year
Principal, Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, Wiseburn USD
Central Office Administrator of the Year
Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, Shasta COE
Secondary Co-Administrator of the Year
Vice Principal, East Avenue Middle School, Livermore Valley Joint USD
Elementary Co-Administrator of the Year
Assistant Principal, Lyman Gilmore Middle School, Grass Valley SD
Classified Leader of the Year
Assistant Superintendent, Facilities, Corona-Norco USD
Confidential Employee of the Year
Chief Assistant to the County Superintendent,
Personnel/Human Resources Administrator
of the Year
Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources,
Adult Education Administrator of the Year
Principal, Adult Education Programs, El Dorado COE
Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year
Executive Director - Career Technical, Adult and Alternative Education, Poway USD
Special Education Administrator of the Year
Director of Student Services, Menlo Park CSD
Superintendent/Principal of the Year
Superintendent/Principal, Sequoia Union SD
Business Services Administrator of the Year
Michael “Sid” Albaugh
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services,
Rescue Union SD
Pupil Personnel Administrator of the Year
Director, Student Services, Covina-Valley USD
Curriculum and Instruction Administrator of the Year
Director of Educational Services, Fountain Valley SD
Continuation/Educational Options Administrator
of the Year
Elsie Briseno Simonovski
Principal, Richland Continuation High School,
Professor of Education of the Year
Trudy Tuttle Arriaga
Distinguished Educator in Residence,
California Lutheran University
Retired Administrator of the Year
Management Consultant, Kern County Supt. of Schools
Technology Administrator of the Year
Director of 21st Century Learning and Special Projects, Covina-Valley USD
For information on regional award recipients, please find your Region in the dropdown menu or visit our Regions page.
Every Student Succeeding
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
- Continuation School
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.
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:
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.
The deadline for submission of all 2018 ACSA Award Program nominations is 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
- Frequently Asked Questions
Read the most commonly asked questions about the Awards Program and nomination process.
- Awards Program Overview
Download a PDF copy of the program overview, with information on each of the award categories.
- ACSA Awards Online Platform Demo
Watch a brief demo of the new online awards platform.
- Award Nomination Tips Cheat Sheet
Download a PDF cheat sheet of the nomination tips and pitfalls to avoid.
- Award Recipient Archive
Download an archive of award recipients by year from 1975 to the present.
- View the Region Award Manager Demo
View a brief demo of the region award management platform (only applies to region award managers)
For additional help, contact the awards coordinator.