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 Friday April 7, 2023.
If you have any questions or would like to be a part of the PTSA Awards Committee, please contact Laura Gaffney at LGaffney@outlook.com or 773-369-6088.
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.
Grand Ridge PTSA Golden Acorn (Volunteer) Award: https://forms.gle/53tBGKbUBqqLyqGy6
Grand Ridge PTSA Outstanding Advocate Award: https://forms.gle/AVjG6wkn8Rtdwxi7A
Grand Ridge PTSA Outstanding Educator Award: https://forms.gle/PN4kFgDzewb16hKv9
Golden Acorn Award
|2021-22||Erin Michael, Melynda Cook, Chelsea Musick, & Hannah Coblentz|
|2020-21||Laura Gaffney, Kim de Booij-Moors, Hannah Coblentz, & Toni Hunter|
|2018-19||Angela Bizzari & Aline Bloch|
|2017-18||Alicia Spinner & Joanne Mockford|
|2015-16||Anne Taylor, Alicia Spinner & Angela Bizzari|
|2014-15||Danielle Graham, Alisa George & Michele Brode|
|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
|2019-20||Molly Bankson & Lindsey de Haan|
|2016-17||Jennifer Houghton & Brandy Falk|
|2015-16||Wendy Marsh & Connie Face|
|2007-08||Becky Rapin & Connie Face|
|2006-07||Lori Bunstead & Barb Walton|
Outstanding Advocate Award
|2021-22||Mara Schichwarg & Toni Hunter|
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