ACSA Awards Program
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)
ACSA Awards Program
Emily Agpoon, Program Coordinator
| (916) 329-3833 (call or text)
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. Find out more.
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- Aug. 1: Nomination window opens for 2023 program
- Jan. 19, 2023: Nomination submission deadline for 2023 awards (nominations due for all awards in all regions)
- Feb. 9: State finalist submissions due (ACSA region leaders submit their finalists to the state Awards Committee)
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:
- Awards Online Platform Training Video
Watch a brief training video of the online nomination platform and 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.
- Dos and Don'ts for Successful Nominations [NEW]
- Step-by-step Instructions for Online Nomination Forms, by Category [NEW]
- Award Nomination Tips & Pitfalls
Region manager resources:
- Awards Program One-Sheet
A helpful information sheet for distribution.
- FAQ for Region Leaders
- Region Award Manager Training Video
Watch a brief training video of region award management on the nomination platform, including downloading nominations and submitting state finalists.
- Award Recipient Archive, 1975-2022
View/search an archive of award recipients by year from 1975 to the present.
For additional help, please contact the awards coordinator.
2023 Awards Program
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
2022 Statewide Award Recipients
ACSA is proud to recognize the 2022 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.
Winners will be honored at the Leadership Summit in San Diego the evening of Nov. 4.
2022 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.
LAUSD School Board Representative,
Los Angeles USD
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.
Recipients of this award receive a $5,000 grant for a high school senior or seniors, sponsored by
Superintendent, Westside Union SD
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.
Dr. Stacy Love Bryant
Partners in Educational Excellence
ACSA's Partners in Educational Excellence Award recognizes exemplary school-community partnership programs.
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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.
Director of Multilingual & Multicultural Education, Ventura USD
2022 Administrators of the Year
Superintendent of the Year
Superintendent, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Region 12
Secondary Principal of the Year
Principal, Marina High School, Huntington Beach Union HSD, Region 17
Middle Grades Principal of the Year
Principal, Cabrillo Middle School, Ventura USD, Region 13
Elementary Principal of the Year
Principal, Lincoln Elementary School, Torrance USD, Region 14
Central Office Administrator of the Year
Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services-Secondary Education, Downey USD, Region 14
Secondary Co-Administrator of the Year
Acting Principal, Nelson Elementary, Hacienda La Puente USD, Region 15
Elementary Co-Administrator of the Year
Assistant Principal, Two Bunch Palms Elementary School, Palm Springs USD, Region 19
Classified Leader of the Year
Director I, Purchasing, Modesto City Schools, Region 7
Confidential Employee of the Year
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, Cold Spring School, Cold Spring SD, Region 13
Personnel/Human Resources Administrator
of the Year
Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources, Campbell Union SD, Region 8
Adult Education Administrator of the Year
Assistant Director of Adult & Continuing Education, Azusa Adult Education Center, Azusa USD, Region 15
Career Technical Education Administrator
of the Year
Director of College and Career Readiness, Tri-Valley ROP, Region 6
Special Education Administrator of the Year
Terri Lynne Ricetti
Executive Director of Special Education, Napa Valley USD, Region 4
Superintendent/Principal of the Year
Superintendent/Principal, Tenaya Elementary, Big Oak Flat Groveland USD, Region 7
Business Services Administrator of the Year
Chief Business Officer, Mt. Diablo USD, Region 6
Student Services Administrator of the Year
Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Fremont Union HSD, Region 8
Curriculum & Instruction Administrator
of the Year
Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Madera County Superintendent of Schools,
Continuation/Educational Options Administrator of the Year
Principal, JCCS South/East Region, San Diego COE, Region 18
Professor of Education of the Year
Professor, Educational Leadership, College of Education, Cal State University Fullerton, Region 17
Retired Administrator of the Year
Technology Administrator of the Year
Assistant Superintendent of Innovation and Technology Services, Lancaster SD, Region 15