ACSA Awards Program
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.
- 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)
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
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 Training Video
Watch a brief training video/demo of the online nomination platform.
Region manager resources:
- Awards Program One-Sheet
A helpful information sheet for distribution.
- Region Award Manager Training Video
Watch a brief training video of the region award management platform from the back end.
- Award Recipient Archive, 1975-2021
View/search an archive of award recipients by year from 1975 to the present.
For additional help, please contact the awards coordinator.
Watch a training video for ACSA's online nomination platform
2022 Every Student Succeeding
- 2022 Every Student Succeeding Nomination Form
Check with your region leadership for your region's 2022 ESS nomination deadline. All nominations must be submitted to your region leadership.
2022 Awards Program
- 2022 Award Nomination Portal
The nomination window for 2022 opened on August 1. The deadline to submit nominations for regional and statewide awards will be 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
Marcus Foster Memorial Award for
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.
Superintendent of Schools, District Office, 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.
Will H. Ector, Jr.
Partners in Educational Excellence
ACSA's Partners in Educational Excellence Award recognizes exemplary school-community partnership programs.
Latino Health Access
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
2021 Administrators of the Year
Superintendent of the Year
Dr. Sarah Koligian
Superintendent, Folsom Cordova Unified School District
Secondary Principal of the Year
Principal, Gretchen Whitney High School, ABC Unified School District
Middle Grades Principal of the Year
Dr. Lorianne R. Ventura
Principal, Cottonwood Creek School, Dublin Unified School District
Elementary Principal of the Year
Peter Van Court
Principal, Clarendon Elementary, San Francisco Unified School District
Central Office Administrator of the Year
Dr. Amy Peterman
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Ceres Unified School District
Secondary Co-Administrator of the Year
Assistant Principal, Monrovia High School, Monrovia Unified School District
Elementary Co-Administrator of the Year
Assistant Principal, Cambridge & Foxboro Elementary, Travis Unified School District
Classified Leader of the Year
Chief Intergovernmental Relations Officer, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
Confidential Employee of the Year
Human Resources Specialist, Certificated, El Dorado Union High School District
Personnel/Human Resources Administrator
of the Year
Resolution Officer, Riverside Unified School District
Adult Education Administrator of the Year
Director of Adult Education and Career Technical Education, Charter Oak Adult Education, Charter Oak Unified School District
Career Technical Education Administrator
of the Year
Director of Programs and Student Support Services, Metropolitan Education District
Special Education Administrator of the Year
William Sachau, Jr.
Director, Special Services, Early Childhood Special Education Center, San Benito County Office of Education
Superintendent/Principal of the Year
Scott M. Borba
Superintendent/Principal, Le Grand Elementary School, Le Grand Union Elementary School District
Business Services Administrator of the Year
Dr. Frances Ufondu
Chief Business Officer, Palmdale School District
Student Services Administrator of the Year
Dr. Lynne Sheffield
Director of Student Services, Welcome and Registration Center, Moreno Valley Unified School District
Curriculum & Instruction Administrator
of the Year
Kimberly M. MacKinney, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Oro Grande School District
Continuation/Educational Options Administrator of the Year
Principal, Tustin Connect, Tustin Unified School District
Professor of Education of the Year
Adjunct Professor of Education, California State University, Stanislaus and Deputy Superintendent of Personnel Services, Ceres Unified School District
Retired Administrator of the Year
Technology Administrator of the Year
Thomas Tan, Ed.D.
Director of Network and Computer Services, Hacienda La Puente School District