Classified Employee of the Year

Dedication is not what others expect of you, it is what you can give to others. ~ unknown

NEWESD 101 2021 Regional Classified Employee of the Year,  
    Keven Gebeke  

  Lead Custodian, Mead School District 

Picture of Keven GebekeCongratulations to Keven Gebeke, named the 2021 NEWESD Regional Classified Employee of the Year, selected from a group of highly qualified professionals.

His application will be forwarded onto the Recognition Programs at OSPI for consideration as the State Classified Employee of the Year. Story about Keven coming this fall.

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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

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

Congratulations to 2020 state Classified Employee of the Year

Melito Ramirez

Intervention Specialist
Walla Walla Public Schools

Learn more about the 2020 Classified Employee of the Year