Vancouver Educator Named School Employee of the Year
OLYMPIA (April 19, 2013) — Anne Galvas, who serves as the homeless liaison and coordinator of the Homeless Outreach Promoting Education (HOPE) program for Vancouver Public Schools, is the 2013 Washington State Classified School Employee of the Year the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced today.
Ken Kanikeberg, chief of staff for the superintendent of public instruction, recognized the eight Regional Classified School Employees of the Year and announced the State Classified School Employee of the Year at a ceremony this afternoon in the Old Capitol Building in Olympia. They were joined by their families, friends, colleagues, legislators, representatives from the state’s educational service districts and various education associations.
“Galvas’ work in Vancouver is a lifeline to the students who need her,” said Dorn. “After working with at-risk students for six years, she cares deeply for families in crisis and shares her expertise with teachers and staff across the district. All of this year’s regional finalists demonstrate a dedication to their work, which truly benefits the kids of this state.”
A dynamic leader in the district, Galvas has activated her network of building-level homeless liaisons to keep tabs on an increasing number of homeless students. HOPE now serves more than 650 students a year. Not only does she help them with obvious needs, such as school supplies and fees, she also helps them get the health care they need, obtains bus passes for them, works with other agencies to secure rent assistance and delivers firewood.
Karla Schlosser, Galvas’ supervisor, describes her as a “superstar,” who is sincere and passionate about getting at-risk students and families the support they need to be successful in school and life.
Before announcing the State Classified School Employee of the Year, Kanikeberg recognized all of the regional finalists, nominated by their respective educational service districts, and presented each of them with a custom-made award from Hilltop Artists in Tacoma. The Regional Classified School Employees of the Year included:
- Cynthia Cisneros, Mabton
- Sharon Condrey, Spokane
- Margaret Douglas, North Thurston
- Carol Garneau, Moses Lake
- Richard Haskins, Central Kitsap
- Lori Oelfke, Mount Baker
- Meagan Rhoades, White River
About the Washington State Classified School Employee of the Year Award
The Washington State Classified School Employee of the Year award is administered by OSPI in collaboration with Washington’s Educational Service Districts who each select a regional nominee. The selection criteria are professional biography, outstanding work performance and professional leadership and collaboration.
The 2013 state award winner was chosen by a state selection committee comprised of award-winning educators and representatives from OSPI, Washington State School Directors’ Association, Washington State PTA, Association of Washington School Principals, Washington Education Association and Public School Employees of Washington.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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