ACSA Awards Program

Program Overview

50 Years of Excellence

This year marks the 50th anniversary of ACSA, established in July 1971. ACSA's Awards Program began in 1975 with the Ferd. Kiesel and Marcus Foster Memorial Awards, while the Administrators of the Year Awards were first given in 1991.

This is also the 25th anniversary of the Every Student Succeeding Program, which began honoring student success and resilience in 1996.

We look forward to celebrating educational excellence with you in 2021-22 and for many years to come.

ACSA 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 at both the regional and state levels.

Program Overview:

  • State Special Awards: (state level only)
    – Ferd Kiesel Memorial Distinguished Service Award
    – Marcus Foster Memorial Award for Administrator Excellence
  • Special Awards: (region and state levels)
    – Valuing Diversity Award
    – Partners in Educational Excellence Award
    – Robert E. Kelly Award
  • Administrators of the Year (region and state levels)
  • Every Student Succeeding Program (region and state levels)

Contact Us

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

Every Student Succeeding Program

Each year, ACSA recognizes 19 pre-K-adult students, one from each geographic region, as well as two California adult education students, for overcoming the odds and achieving success.

Other ACSA Awards

Program Calendar

  • January 20: 2022 nomination deadline
  • Feb 10: Region finalists due to state
  • Late March: Award winners personally notified
  • March 28: Award winners announced

Help & Resources

General program info:

  • Awards Program Overview
    See a snapshot program overview, with information on each of the award categories.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Read the most commonly asked questions about the program and nomination process, including questions about eligibility and supporting documents.
  • Program Timeline
    View a detailed timeline of the annual awards program from start to finish.

Starting your nomination:

Region manager resources:

For additional help, please contact the awards coordinator.

Watch a training video for ACSA's online nomination platform

Nomination Forms

2022 Every Student Succeeding

2022 Awards Program

  • 2022 Award Nomination Portal

    The nomination window for 2022 is now closed. The deadline to submit nominations for regional and statewide awards was Thursday, Jan. 20 at 11:59 p.m.

    You can view and access copies of your submitted nominations via the online nomination portal at any time. Just log in and look under My entries on the home screen, using the "Active season" dropdown to search past seasons.

Statewide Award Recipients

2021 Statewide Award Recipients

ACSA is proud to recognize the 2021 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.

2021 Special Awards

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.

Anthony W. Knight, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Oak Park Unified School District
Region 13

Marcus Foster Memorial Award for
Administrator Excellence

ACSA established the Marcus Foster Memorial Award to honor educators who model the vision of Marcus Foster. 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.

Raul Maldonado
Superintendent of Schools, District Office, Palmdale School District
Region 15

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.

Will H. Ector, Jr.
Region 8

Partners in Educational Excellence

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

Latino Health Access
Region 17

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.

Carol A. Osborne
Associate Superintendent of Learning Support Services, Poway Unified School District
Region 18

2021 Administrators of the Year

Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Sarah Koligian
Superintendent, Folsom Cordova Unified School District
Region 3

Secondary Principal of the Year

John Briquelet
Principal, Gretchen Whitney High School, ABC Unified School District
Region 14

Middle Grades Principal of the Year

Dr. Lorianne R. Ventura
Principal, Cottonwood Creek School, Dublin Unified School District
Region 6

Elementary Principal of the Year

Peter Van Court
Principal, Clarendon Elementary, San Francisco Unified School District
Region 5

Central Office Administrator of the Year

Dr. Amy Peterman
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Ceres Unified School District
Region 7

Secondary Co-Administrator of the Year

Felicia Limbrick
Assistant Principal, Monrovia High School, Monrovia Unified School District
Region 15

Elementary Co-Administrator of the Year

Kristyn Andrews
Assistant Principal, Cambridge & Foxboro Elementary, Travis Unified School District
Region 4

Classified Leader of the Year

Barbara Alejandre
Chief Intergovernmental Relations Officer, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
Region 12

Confidential Employee of the Year

Leslie Baker
Human Resources Specialist, Certificated, El Dorado Union High School District
Region 2

Personnel/Human Resources Administrator
of the Year

David Marshall
Resolution Officer, Riverside Unified School District
Region 19

Adult Education Administrator of the Year

Ivan Ayro
Director of Adult Education and Career Technical Education, Charter Oak Adult Education, Charter Oak Unified School District
Region 15

Career Technical Education Administrator
of the Year

Alecia Myers-Kelley
Director of Programs and Student Support Services, Metropolitan Education District
Region 8

Special Education Administrator of the Year

William Sachau, Jr.
Director, Special Services, Early Childhood Special Education Center, San Benito County Office of Education
Region 10

Superintendent/Principal of the Year

Scott M. Borba
Superintendent/Principal, Le Grand Elementary School, Le Grand Union Elementary School District
Region 9

Business Services Administrator of the Year

Dr. Frances Ufondu
Chief Business Officer, Palmdale School District
Region 15

Student Services Administrator of the Year

Dr. Lynne Sheffield
Director of Student Services, Welcome and Registration Center, Moreno Valley Unified School District
Region 19

Curriculum & Instruction Administrator
of the Year

Kimberly M. MacKinney, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Oro Grande School District
Region 12

Continuation/Educational Options Administrator of the Year

Erick Fineberg
Principal, Tustin Connect, Tustin Unified School District
Region 17

Professor of Education of the Year

Denise Wickham
Adjunct Professor of Education, California State University, Stanislaus and Deputy Superintendent of Personnel Services, Ceres Unified School District
Region 7

Retired Administrator of the Year

Dave Urquhart
Region 7

Technology Administrator of the Year

Thomas Tan, Ed.D.
Director of Network and Computer Services, Hacienda La Puente School District
Region 15

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

Download an archive of all past state ACSA Awards recipients.

Awards Program