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)
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
- Jan. 14, 2021 @ 11:59 p.m.: Deadline to submit nominations for all regional and statewide awards.
- Feb. 4 @ 11:59 p.m.: Deadline for region leaders to submit state finalists.
- January-April: Region award recipients announced (check with your region for date).
- March 29: Statewide award recipients announced.
- Nov. 5: Statewide recipients honored.
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, 1975-2020
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
2021 Every Student Succeeding
- 2021 Every Student Succeeding Nomination Form
Check with your region leadership for the 2021 ESS nomination deadline.
2021 Awards Program
- 2021 Award Nomination Portal
The nomination window for 2021 is now closed. The deadline to submit nominations for regional and statewide awards was Thursday, Jan. 14 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
2020 Statewide Award Recipients
ACSA is proud to recognize the 2020 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.
Our winners were recognized at an online recognition event on Friday, Nov. 6, during the 2020 Leadership Summit. Watch the video below.
2020 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, Santa Rosa City Schools
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, Sulphur Springs Union
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.
UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind
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.
Associate Superintendent, Administrative Services, Acalanes Union High School District
2020 Administrators of the Year
Superintendent of the Year
Superintendent, Ocean View School District
Secondary Principal of the Year
Principal, Pacific Grove High School, Pacific Grove Unified School District
Middle Grades Principal of the Year
Principal, Kerman Middle School, Kerman Unified School District
Elementary Principal of the Year
Elementary Principal, Courreges Elementary School, Fountain Valley School District
Central Office Administrator of the Year
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Panama-Buena Vista Union School District
Secondary Co-Administrator of the Year
Assistant Principal, Royal Oak Middle School, Charter Oak Unified School District
Elementary Co-Administrator of the Year
Assistant Principal, Sundance Elementary School, Beaumont Unified School District
Classified Leader of the Year
Director of Facilities, Perris Union High School District
Confidential Employee of the Year
Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, Superintendent's Office, Turlock Unified School District
Personnel/Human Resources Administrator
of the Year
Director, Human Resources, Folsom Cordova Unified School District
Adult Education Administrator of the Year
Principal, Downey Adult School, Downey Unified School District
Career Technical Education Administrator
of the Year
Director, Resource Development and Transition Services, Solano County Office of Education
Special Education Administrator of the Year
Director of Special Education, Ontario- Montclair School District
Superintendent/Principal of the Year
Superintendent/Principal, Pioneer Elementary & Mountain Creek Middle Schools, Pioneer Union School District
Business Services Administrator of the Year
Chief Business Officer, Kingsburg Elementary Charter School District
Student Services Administrator of the Year
D. Chris Calabrese
Director of Student Services, Brentwood Union School District
Curriculum & Instruction Administrator
of the Year
Director, Instructional Services, Cypress School District
Continuation/Educational Options Administrator of the Year
Principal, Del Puerto, Patterson Unified School District
Professor of Education of the Year
Assistant Professor/Coordinator, Educational Leadership and Administration Program, School of Education, College of Science and Mathematics, California Polytechnic State University
Retired Administrator of the Year
Technology Administrator of the Year
Associate Superintendent of Technology and Innovation, Poway Unified School District