Classified Employee of the Year

2020 Classified Employee of the Year!
If you have been nominated, consider completing an application for the regional competition - due February 18, 2020.

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Meet our 2019 Regional Classified Employee of the Year,  Picture of Robin Hendrickson
   Robin Hendrickson

 Franklin Elementary, Pullman School District Library Para-support Educator

Meet the region’s newly minted Classified Employee of the Year. Robin Hendrickson, a library
para-support educator at Pullman’s Franklin Elementary School, has been named the region’s distinguished Classified recipient for 2019. Read more.

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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

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
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OSPI Classified Employee of the Year program

NEWESD Regional Coordinator:

Mary Kempel
(509) 456-2715

Congratulations to 2019 state Classified Employee of the Year
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Martha Wisdom
Tonasket School District  (North Central ESD 171)

Learn more about the 2019 Classified Employees of the Year