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Classified School Employee of the Year

Congratulations 2021 Washington State Classified School Employee of the Year!

Nancy Baldwin
McKinney Vento Liaison &
Family Support Specialist
Kelso School District

Contact Information

Education Awards

TTY:
360-664-3631
360-725-6117

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 chooses the state Classified School Employee of the Year from this group of regional finalists. 

Classified School Employee of the Year nominations are now closed and will reopen during Winter 2021-22!
 

Frequently Asked Questions

The Classified School Employee of the Year nominations are accepted online. Anyone can nominate an educator for this award by using the Educator Award Nomination Form. OSPI sends the 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.

Anyone who is working as public school classified staff member in a non-executive management position, plans to continue working in that capacity through the 2021-22 school year, and has not already been recognized as a Regional or State Classified School Employee of the Year is eligible for this award.

Essay Rubric
Please rate each essay based on how well they meet the following standards:

  • The response is easy to read and engaging.
  • The response includes concrete supportive evidence.
  • The response clearly aligns with at least one Classified School Employee of the Year criteria.
  • The response addresses equity and opportunity for all students.

Letter Rubric
Please rate each letter based on how well they meet the following standards:

  • The letter addresses at least one of the Classified School Employee of the Year criteria.
  • The letter contains concrete supporting evidence.

Overall Application
Please rate the application on how well it meets the Classified School Employee of the Year criteria:

  • The educator's work is recognized as exceptional, and they have the respect and admiration of their community.
  • The educator is committed to professional growth and building deeper connections between schools and communities.
  • The educator collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect, success, and care for others.
  • The educator is a leader who makes connections between their daily work and student success.

Selection begins at the ESD, where each region selects their Regional Classified School Employee of the Year and forwards that name to the state. Regional Classified School Employees of the Year are evaluated by a state selection committee. Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The educator's work is recognized as exceptional, and they have the respect and admiration of their community.
  • The educator is committed to professional growth and building deeper connections between schools and communities.
  • The educator collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect, success, and care for others.
  • The educator is a leader who makes connections between their daily work and student success.

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

The State Superintendent recognizes the Regional Classified School Employees of the Year and announces the state Classified School Employee of the Year at an annual award ceremony. The state award winner and regional finalists participate in a year of leadership development and are invited to several annual recognition events including the Reception at the Mansion for award-winning educators. The state award winner is Washington's nominee for the the US Department of Education's national Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) award.