Statewide Awards Program
ACSA 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.
- 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)
Other ACSA Awards
- July 31: Ray Curry Award nominations due.
- Aug. 1: 2019 Awards Program entry window opens.
- Aug 17: Exemplary Woman in Leadership nominations due.
- Nov. 9: 2018 State Awards Ceremony at the Leadership Summit in San Diego.
- Jan. 17: 2019 nominations due by 11:59 p.m.
- Feb. 7: Regions submit 2019 state finalists by 11:59 p.m.
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:
- Everything You Need to Nominate
Get detailed information on all award categories, including exactly what you need to complete each nomination form.
- Award Nomination Tips
Read a cheat sheet of tips for successful nominations and pitfalls to avoid.
- ACSA Awards Online Platform Demo (14 min.)
Watch a brief demo of the online nomination platform. (2019 entry window opens on Aug. 1.)
Region manager resources:
- Awards Program One-Sheet
A helpful information sheet for distribution.
- Region Award Manager Demo
(Available in July) Watch a brief demo of the region award management platform from the back end.
- Award Recipient Archive, 1975-2018
View/search an archive of award recipients by year from 1975 to the present.
For additional help, please contact the awards coordinator.
Watch a demo of ACSA's online nomination platform (14 min.)
Statewide Award Recipients
2018 Statewide Award Recipients
ACSA is proud to recognize the 2018 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.
2018 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.
Superintendent, Jurupa Unified School District
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.
Stacy Love Bryant
Deputy Superintendent, Palmdale School District
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.
Footsteps2Brilliance Literacy Partnership
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.
Chief Academic Officer, Educational Services,
Anaheim Union High School District
2018 Administrators of the Year
Superintendent of the Year
Superintendent, Needles Unified School District
Secondary Principal of the Year
Secondary Principal, Marshal Fundamental, Pasadena Unified School District
Middle Grades Principal of the Year
Principal, Seaside Middle School, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
Elementary Principal of the Year
Principal, Olivewood Elementary, National School District Region 18
Central Office Administrator of the Year
Executive Director Administrative Services, Fullerton Joint Union High School District
Secondary Co-Administrator of the Year
Assistant Principal, Mt. Carmel High School, Poway Unified School District
Elementary Co-Administrator of the Year
Assistant Principal, Sinclear Elementary School, Ceres Unified School District
Classified Leader of the Year
Director, Classified Professional Learning, Fresno Unified School District
Confidential Employee of the Year
Administrative Assistant to the County Superintendent, Tulare County Office of Education
Personnel/Human Resources Administrator
of the Year
Chief Personnel Officer/Associate Superintendent, Riverside County Office of Education
Adult Education Administrator of the Year
Director of Adult Education/Career Preparation, Rowland Adult and Community Education (RACE) Center, Rowland Unified School District
Career Technical Education Administrator
of the Year
Director of Secondary Schools, ABC Unified School District
Special Education Administrator of the Year
Director of Mental Health and Psychological Services, Secondary Special Education, Riverside Unified School District
Superintendent/Principal of the Year
Superintendent/Principal, Latrobe Union Elementary School District
Business Services Administrator of the Year
Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent, San Luis Obispo County
Office of Education
Student Services Administrator of the Year
Director, Child, Welfare, and Attendance, Huntington Beach City School District
Curriculum and Instruction Administrator
of the Year
Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction, Wasco Union Elementary School District
Continuation/Educational Options Administrator of the Year
Amos Nugent III
Principal, Community Collaborative Charter School (CCCS) North Sacramento, Gateway
Professor of Education of the Year
Doctoral Program Chair, Brandman University
Retired Administrator of the Year
Technology Administrator of the Year
Director, Information Systems Center, Santa Clara County Office of Education
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.
Every Student Succeeding
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.
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.
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.
The 2019 nomination form will be available Aug. 1.
Regions, send your completed student nomination form (one student recipient per region) to the state ACSA Awards Program coordinator by March 1, 2019:
2018 Every Student Succeeding
2019 Statewide Awards Program
- 2019 Award Nominations (available Aug. 1)
All ACSA awards program nominations need to be submitted through the online platform by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.