Classified Employee of the Year

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Classified Employee of the Year

Nominations are now open.
Nominations closed March 1, 2024.

For more information on on the Classified Employee of the Year program see the
OSPI Classified Employee of the Year page here.




Picture of Carmen RobertsNEWESD 101 2023 Regional Classified Employee of the Year,  
      Carmen Roberts  

    Office Manager/Head Secretary, Sunnyside Elementary School, Pullman School District

Congratulations to Carmen Roberts, named the 2023 NEWESD Regional Classified Employee of the Year, selected from a group of highly qualified professionals.



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The award is available to any classified school or district employee who plans to continue working through the 2020-21 academic year and has not previously been recognized as a Regional or State Classified School Employee of the Year.

Nomination and application process

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, a resume and letters of recommendation. Nominees must submit an application to be considered for their region's finalist.

Recipients are selected
Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:
* Professional biography.
* Outstanding work performance.
* Professional leadership and collaboration.
* Other unique qualities or circumstances.

How recipients are recognized?
The state Superintendent recognizes the regional finalists and announces the state Classified School Employee of the Year at the annual award ceremony in Olympia (mid-April). The state award winner and regional finalists are invited to several annual recognition events including the Governor's Reception for Exceptional Educators.

Former Recipients

2022  Anthony Collins, Central Valley
2021  Keven Gebeke, Mead
2020  Robin Woltering, Palouse
2019  Robin Hendrickson, Pullman
2018  Andrea Lajiness, Riverside
2017  Rhonda Christian, Chewelah
2016  Debra White, West Valley
2015  Lee Rainwater, Central Valley
2014  Angela Spencer, Nine Mile Falls
2013  Sharon Condrey, Spokane
2012  Mary Collins, West Valley
2011  Brian Liberg, West Valley


OSPI Classified Employee of the Year program

NEWESD Regional Coordinator:

Mary Kempel
(509) 456-2715
[email protected]

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