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AWSP President's Award

AWSP President's Award

About the Award

The AWSP President’s Award is given to a person outside the association who has advocated on behalf of principals and the principalship in Washington state. Recipients are chosen by the AWSP Board in consultation with the AWSP executive director. The award is presented at the association's annual conference in June.

2017 Winners

Sue Anderson

Sue Anderson Head shot
Director, Educator Effectiveness Office

As the Director of OSPI's Educator Effectiveness Office, Sue oversees the Teacher/Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP), the National Board Certifified Teacher program, and the Beginning Educator Support Team program (BEST). She's been a great partner and advocate for principals, serving on the TPEP Steering Committee, and supports our principal mentoring program with BEST funds. Sue may no longer be an assistant principal, but she's always got the interests of principals at heart.

Jerry Bender

Jerry Bender Headshot
Retired Government Relations Director

Jerry served as AWSP's Director of Government Relations from 2005-2017. He played an instrumental role in advocating for principals and the principalship in the education of all students. Always friendly, Jerry maintainted great relationships with AWSP members and our elected officials. Known for opening all his presentations at board meetings with a song, Jerry showed a knack for creativity and humor in his presentation. His impact will be felt for a long time. 

2013 AWSP Special Recognition Award | Leadership Framework Team

On occasion, we honor individuals and groups who have achieved extraordinary results during a school year with the AWSP Special Recognition Award. 

In 2013, AWSP honored a group of practicing principals, university researchers and industry experts who created Version 2.0 of the AWSP Leadership Framework. The AWSP Leadership Framework has been adopted by all the state’s 295 school districts as the framework for the state’s new required principal evaluation system.  

Special Recognition Award Recipients:

  • Gene Sharratt, Ph.D. | Executive Director, Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Glenn Malone, Ed.D. | Exec. Dir. of Assessment, Accountability/School Success, Puyallup SD
  • Sally Lancaster, Ed.D. | Principal, Everett High, Everett PS
  • Larry Lashway | Formerly a Program Specialist with OSPI Professional Education and Certification 
  • Chad Lochmiller, Ph.D. | Asst. Professor, College of Education, WSU-Tri-Cities
  • Kristen Schroeder | Principal, James Sales Elementary, Franklin Pierce SD
  • Nancy Strobel | Principal, Mountain View Elementary, Puyallup SD
  • Ailene Baxter, Ed.D. | Principal, Ferrucci Jr. High, Puyallup SD
  • Brian Lowney | Principal, Emerald Ridge High School, Puyallup SD

Past Award Winners

  • 2016 | Sen. Patty Murray & Sarah Bolton
  • 2015 | Jim Eisenhardt
  • 2014 | Edie Harding 
  • 2013 | Jim Howard, Ph.D. 
  • 2012 | Michaela Miller
  • 2011 | Battelle (Jeff Estes & Peggy Willcuts)
  • 2010 | Dale Kinsley & Judy Hartmann
  • 2009 | John Pehrson
  • See the complete list of past winners.


For More Information 

Scott Seaman | Executive Director | (800) 562-6100