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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.

2021 Winner

Washington State Principals and Assistant Principals

President's award image

Some dream about winning an Emmy, Grammy or Golden Globe Award. Others fantasize about walking to the stage to accept an Academy Award. Some dream of ticker tape, fireworks, and packed stadiums while being crowned a Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, WNBA or World Series Champ. Others dream about stepping up on the Olympic podium as a new world record holder gold medalist. While others place their life’s work into winning a Nobel Peace Prize. And, finally, of course, above all recognition, the world waits with bated breath for the annual AWSP President’s Award.

That’s right. An award greater than all awards and recognition across the globe. More noble, more prestigious, more meaningful, impactful and life-changing. An award that reaches deep into humanity focusing on improving society, shaping futures, molding communities, and saving lives. An award that recognizes self-sacrifice, dedication, unwavering support of those who need it the most, and the modeling of unconditional love for all. An award that highlights the true definition of determination, perseverance, and grit.

For decades,  the AWSP Board President selects one person in our state every year who tirelessly fights for the work principals and assistant principals do across the state. In the past, this award has been bestowed upon elected officials, state leaders, and other partners who wholeheartedly believe in the mission of AWSP. The list of names is impressive and their accomplishments inspiring. So, who did this year’s AWSP Board President, Cameron Grow, choose?

You. All of you.

That’s right. You. President Cameron Grow of Lincoln Middle School in Pullman, WA, decided that each and every principal and assistant principal in the state deserved this prestigious recognition. The past 16 months have been unimaginable. The role our school leaders played during these crazy times is simply astounding and inspiring. No one in the entire system deserves more recognition than you. No one.

But Wait, There's More

Check out the video from the 2020-21 AWSP President, Cameron Grow (Lincoln MS, Pullman SD) and read Dr. Scott Seaman's blog post to learn why you (principals and assistant principals) are getting this award. 

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

  • 2020 | Bill Williams
  • 2019 | Susan & Marty Fortin
  • 2018 | Chris Reykdal
  • 2017 | Sue Anderson & Jerry Bender
  • 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

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