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)
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
- Aug. 1: 2020 entry window opens
- Nov. 8: State 2019 Awards Banquet in San Francisco, CA
- Jan. 16: Nomination deadline for all regions and categories
- Feb. 6: Region finalist submission deadline
- March 2: Region Every Student Succeeding winners due to state
- March 30: 2020 statewide recipients 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:
- 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.
Region manager resources:
For additional help, please contact the awards coordinator.
Watch a demo of ACSA's online nomination platform (14 min.)
Statewide Award Recipients
2019 Statewide Award Recipients
ACSA is proud to recognize the 2019 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.
2019 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.
Suzan T. Solomon
Newhall School District Governing Board Member, Newhall 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.
Dr. Julie Mitchell
Superintendent, Rowland Unified 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.
Partners in Educational Excellence
ACSA's Partners in Educational Excellence Award recognizes exemplary school-community partnership programs.
Torrance Education Foundation
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.
Dr. Michele Bowers
Superintendent, Lancaster School District
2019 Administrators of the Year
Superintendent of the Year
David C. Hansen
Superintendent, Riverside Unified School District Region 19
Secondary Principal of the Year
Andrew W. Ishibashi
Principal, Lowell High School, San Francisco Unified School District
Middle Grades Principal of the Year
Dr. Shana Henry
Principal, Martin Luther King, Jr. Technology Academy, Twin Rivers Unified School District
Elementary Principal of the Year
Principal, Hope School, Hope School District
Central Office Administrator of the Year
Assistant Superintendent, Secondary Education, Folsom Cordova Unified School District
Secondary Co-Administrator of the Year
Assistant Principal, Edison High School, Huntington Beach Union High School District
Elementary Co-Administrator of the Year
Vice Principal, Henry F. Kammann, Salinas City Elementary School District
Classified Leader of the Year
Dr. Karla Rhay
Chief Executive Officer, California Schools JPA
Confidential Employee of the Year
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent & Board of Trustees, San Jacinto Unified School District
Personnel/Human Resources Administrator
of the Year
Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources, Ocean View School District
Adult Education Administrator of the Year
Principal, Yucaipa Adult School, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District
Career Technical Education Administrator
of the Year
Dr. Grant Litfin
Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services, Tustin Unified School District
Special Education Administrator of the Year
Dr. Alana Hughes-Hunter
Executive Director, Ontario-Montclair School District
Superintendent/Principal of the Year
Superintendent/Principal, Black Butte Union Elementary School District
Business Services Administrator of the Year
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Vista Unified School District
Student Services Administrator of the Year
Dr. John C. Porter
Assistant Superintendent, Palmdale School District
Curriculum & Instruction Administrator
of the Year
David Lee Scroggins, Jr.
Assistant Superintendent Curriculum & Instruction, Rescue Union School District
Continuation/Educational Options Administrator of the Year
Andres Luna II
Principal, Dr. John H. Milor High School, Rialto USD
Professor of Education of the Year
Dr. Scott Siegel
Adjunct Professor, California State University, Stanislaus; Superintendent, Ceres Unified School District
Retired Administrator of the Year
Patricia Crowder, Ed.D.
Technology Administrator of the Year
Dr. Kelly May-Vollmar
Chief Innovation and Information Officer, Desert Sands Unified School District
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.
2020 Every Student Succeeding
- 2020 Every Student Succeeding Nomination Form
Check with your region leadership for the 2020 ESS nomination deadline.
2020 Statewide Awards Program
- 2020 Award Nominations
The entry window for the 2020 program will close on Jan. 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. All nomination categories from all ACSA regions are due on this date.