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Classified School Employee of the Year

Congratulations to the 2019 Washington State Classified School Employee of the Year

   2019 Washington Classified School Employee of the Year

Martha Wisdom
Migrant Records Clerk & Secretary
Tonasket School District

Learn more about Martha and the other 2019 finalists

Previous Award Winners

The Classified School Employee of the Year program recognizes one classified employee from each of Washington's educational service districts every year. A selection committee choses the state Classified School Employee of the Year from this group of regional finalists.

The award is available to any classified school or district employee working at least half-time.

What happens when I submit a nomination?

OSPI sends your nominee, their supervisor, and their regional coordinator a copy of the nomination and a link to the online application. The application includes biographical information, a few essays, and letters of recommendation. Nominees must submit an application to be considered for their region's finalist.

How are recipients selected?

Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The educator has the respect and admiration of their community.
  • The educator collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success.
  • The educator is a leader who makes connections between their daily work and student success.

The state selection uses the selection rubric. Some regions also use this rubric for their selection. Contact your regional coordinator for more information on your region's selection process.

How are recipients recognized?

The State Superintendent recognizes the regional finalists and announces the state Classified School Employee of the Year at the annual spring award ceremony hosted at the Old Capitol Building (OSPI) in Olympia. The state award winner and regional finalists attend a leadership retreat prior to the announcement and are invited to several annual recognition events including the Governor's Reception for Exceptional Educators.