Nominations for 2024 are now closed. 

Thank you for your Nominations!



The Grand Ridge PTSA recognizes volunteers, educators and community members who go above and beyond for the sake of our kids. Please take a moment to recognize the extraordinary teachers, staff, volunteers and advocates of the past year by submitting a nomination through the links below.


The Golden Acorn Award recognizes people who have given exemplary volunteer service to children and youth in our school and community. The Golden Acorn Award is very special and is given for continued and dedicated service. 


The Outstanding Educator Award recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding educational opportunities for children and youth that are beyond the normal scope of their jobs. An educator can be, but is not limited to, a teacher and can include specialists, support staff, administrators, or community members. 


The Outstanding Advocate Award honors an individual for a demonstrated commitment to helping create strong policies relating to the health, welfare, safety, and education of our children. Volunteers who speak up for students, or who try to change things for the benefit of children are considered advocates. Nominees for this award could be a general or specialist teacher, an assistant, administrator, other school or district staff, or a community member. 


Advocacy can be:

  • PTSA-specific (i.e. active leadership within PTSA; evaluating & suggesting improvements to PTSA activities on behalf of students; active participant in state PTA trainings, Legislative Assembly, etc.; educating others on advocacy issues; etc.)
  • School/District-specific (i.e. participation or leadership on school or district committees; work with other related organizations like Issaquah Schools Foundation, Volunteers for Issaquah Schools, Friends of Youth; advocating to principal/administration on changes to improve student experiences; etc.)
  • Community-specific advocacy related to children (i.e. participation or leadership with other organizations that support youth like sports groups, scouts, neighborhood/city committees, etc.; speaking to the school board or legislature on behalf of youth; etc.)


The deadline for nomination submission is April 1st, 2024


If you have any questions or would like to be a part of the PTSA Awards Committee, please contact Melynda Cook


Any parent, staff, student or community member can make a confidential nomination.
The process is simple: click on the corresponding link below, fill it out, and submit it electronically. The Awards Committee will review all nominations and announce winners in the Spring. The committee can also recommend if any special awards should be given beyond our three annual awards.



Past Winners:


Golden Acorn Award

Year Recipient(s)
2022-23 Kathryn Pilapil & Tara Sengamalay
2021-22 Erin Michael, Melynda Cook, Chelsea Musick, & Hannah Coblentz
2020-21 Laura Gaffney, Kim de Booij-Moors, Hannah Coblentz, & Toni Hunter
2019-20 Nathalie Isensee
2018-19 Angela Bizzari & Aline Bloch
2017-18 Alicia Spinner & Joanne Mockford
2016-17 Lisa Kim
2015-16 Anne Taylor, Alicia Spinner & Angela Bizzari
2014-15 Danielle Graham, Alisa George & Michele Brode
2013-14 Lisa Callan
2012-13 Carolyn Kennedy
2011-12 Lida Buckner
2010-11 Theora Dalupan, Kristen Wisdom & Nancy Castonguay
2009-10 Theora Dalupan, Lida Buckner & Cyn Baumert
2008-09 Leslie Warrick, Lida Buckner & Cyn Baumert
2007-08 Audrey Winslow, Tina Ko & Theora Dalupan
2006-07 Audrey Winslow, Julie Siefkes, Stephanie Shipley, Celia Shells, Debbie Rossman, Donna McCloud, Robbin Hodder, Karen Hirsch, Erica Davis, Theora Dalupan, Deb Courage & Cyn Baumert


Outstanding Educator Award

Year Recipient(s)
2022-23 Patty Elmer & Jenna Tollefson
2021-22 Melissa Nixon
2020-21 Emily Melograna
2019-20 Molly Bankson & Lindsey de Haan
2018-19 Sanjana Pathak

Kim Goodman

2016-17 Jennifer Houghton & Brandy Falk
2015-16 Wendy Marsh & Connie Face
2014-15 Allison King
2013-14 Alice Badgley
2012-13 Darrel Nichols
2011-12 Anne Douglas
2010-11 Maureen Bacon
2009-10 Lauren Dammers
2008-09 Kris Coleman
2007-08 Becky Rapin & Connie Face
2006-07 Lori Bunstead & Barb Walton


Outstanding Advocate Award

Year Recipient(s)
2022-23 Judith Fernstrom
2021-22 Mara Schichwarg & Toni Hunter
2020-21 Nate Perea
2018-19 Alicia Spinner
2017-18 Justin Oppelar
2016-17 Tim Ryan
2015-16 Carrie Mount
2014-15 Pam Cabrera
2013-14 Christy Otley
2012-13 Leslie Warrick
2011-12 Leslie Warrick
2010-11 Leslie Warrick


Be Grand Award

Year Recipient(s)
2020-21 Dave Turner





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