Statewide Awards Program

Program Overview

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.

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 | fax (916) 596-9556


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

  • Jan. to May: Region awards announced and celebrated
  • Aug. 1: 2020 entry window opens
  • Nov. 8: State Award Banquet in San Francisco, CA

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 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
Region 15

Marcus Foster Memorial Award for
Administrator Excellence

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
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.

Sheila McGann-Tiedt
Region 8

Partners in Educational Excellence

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

Torrance Education Foundation
Region 14

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
Region 15


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
Region 5


Middle Grades Principal of the Year

Dr. Shana Henry Barton
Principal, Martin Luther King, Jr. Techology Academy, Twin Rivers Unified School District
Region 3


Elementary Principal of the Year

Barbara LaCorte
Principal, Hope School, Hope School District
Region 13


Central Office Administrator of the Year

Kathryn Allaman
Assistant Superintendent, Secondary Education, Folsom Cordova Unified School District
Region 3


Secondary Co-Administrator of the Year

Jason Ross
Assistant Principal, Edison High School, Huntington Beach Union High School District
Region 17


Elementary Co-Administrator of the Year

Sherry Villaneda
Vice Principal, Henry F. Kammann, Salinas City Elementary School District
Region 10

Classified Leader of the Year

Dr. Karla Rhay
Chief Executive Officer, California Schools JPA
Region 12


Confidential Employee of the Year

B. Gale Hill
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent & Board of Trustees, San Jacinto Unified School District
Region 19


Personnel/Human Resources Administrator
of the Year

Felix Avila
Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources, Ocean View School District
Region 17


Adult Education Administrator of the Year

Dana Carter
Principal, Yucaipa Adult School, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District
Region 12


Career Technical Education Administrator
of the Year

Dr. Grant Litfin
Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services, Tustin Unified School District
Region 17


Special Education Administrator of the Year

Dr. Alana Hughes-Hunter
Executive Director, Ontario-Montclair School District
Region 12


Superintendent/Principal of the Year

Don Aust
Superintendent/Principal, Black Butte Union Elementary School District
Region 1

Business Services Administrator of the Year

Donna Caperton
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Vista Unified School District
Region 18


Student Services Administrator of the Year

Dr. John C. Porter
Assistant Superintendent, Palmdale School District
Region 15


Curriculum & Instruction Administrator
of the Year

David Lee Scroggins, Jr.
Assistant Superintendent Curriculum & Instruction, Rescue Union School District
Region 2


Continuation/Educational Options Administrator of the Year

Andres Luna II
Principal, Dr. John H. Milor High School, Rialto USD
Region 12


Professor of Education of the Year

Dr. Scott Siegel
Adjunct Professor, California State University, Stanislaus; Superintendent, Ceres Unified School District
Region 7


Retired Administrator of the Year

Patricia Crowder, Ed.D.
Region 18


Technology Administrator of the Year

Dr. Kelly May-Vollmar
Chief Innovation and Information Officer, Desert Sands Unified School District
Region 19


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.

Nomination Forms

2020 Every Student Succeeding

  • 2020 Every Student Succeeding Nomination Form
    Nominations for the 2020 Every Student Succeeding Program will be available on Aug. 1.

2020 Statewide Awards Program

  • 2020 Award Nominations
    The entry window for the 2020 program will open on Aug. 1.

Awards Program