ACSA Awards Program
ACSA Awards Program
One of ACSA's priorities is to ensure that school leaders are recognized for their excellence. Through our annual awards program, we honor students, administrators and community organizations for their achievements and their dedication to public education at both the regional and state levels.
- State Special Awards: (state level only)
– Ferd Kiesel Memorial Distinguished Service Award
– Marcus Foster Memorial Award for Administrator Excellence
- Special Awards: (region and state levels)
– Valuing Diversity Award
– Partners in Educational Excellence Award
– Robert E. Kelly Award
- Administrators of the Year (region and state levels)
- Every Student Succeeding Program (region and state levels)
ACSA Awards Program
Emily Agpoon, Program Coordinator
| (916) 329-3833 (call or text)
Each year, ACSA recognizes 19 pre-K-adult students, one from each geographic region, as well as two California adult education students, for overcoming the odds and achieving success. Find out more.
Other ACSA Awards
- Jan. 18, 2024: Nomination submission deadline for 2024 awards (nominations due for all awards in all regions)
- Feb. 8: State finalist submissions due (ACSA region leaders submit their finalists to the state Awards Committee)
- Late April: State recipients announced
- Nov. 15: State recipients recognized in San Diego
Help & Resources
General program info:
- Awards Program Overview
See a snapshot program overview, with information on each of the award categories.
- Frequently Asked Questions
Read the most commonly asked questions about the program and nomination process, including questions about eligibility and supporting documents.
- The Vetting Process
Learn how nominees are vetted by their peers at each level of the program.
- Program Timeline
View a detailed timeline of the annual awards program from start to finish.
Starting your nomination:
- Awards Online Platform Training Video
Watch a brief training video of the online nomination platform and starting your nomination.
- Everything You Need to Nominate
Get detailed information on all award categories, including exactly what you need to complete each nomination form.
- Dos and Don'ts for Successful Nominations
- Award Nomination Tips & Pitfalls
- Sample Nomination Forms by Category
Region manager resources:
- Awards Program One-Sheet
A helpful information sheet for distribution.
- FAQ for Region Leaders
- Awards Promotional Toolkit
- Region Award Manager Training Video
Watch a brief training video of region award management on the nomination platform, including downloading nominations and submitting state finalists.
- Award Recipient Archive, 1975-present
View/search an archive of award recipients by year from 1975 to the present.
For additional help, please contact the awards coordinator.
2024 Awards Program
- Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024.
You can view and access copies of your submitted nominations via the online nomination portal at any time. Just log in and look under My entries on the home screen, using the "Active season" dropdown to search past seasons.
Statewide Award Recipients
2023 Statewide Award Recipients
ACSA is proud to recognize the 2023 state award honorees. We offer our sincerest congratulation to all of this year's nominees, who without exception
represent the excellence and commitment of California's educators.
Winners will be honored at the Leadership Summit in Sacramento the evening of Nov. 3.
2023 Special Awards
Ferd Kiesel Memorial
Distinguished Service Award
The Ferd. Kiesel Memorial Distinguished Service Award is ACSA's highest honor. Each year, we honor one individual who has made a significant contribution to education. The award is named after Ferd. Kiesel, ACSA founding president, a man whose personal commitment to schools and students—and to this association—was exemplary.
Superintendent, El Dorado Union HSD
Marcus Foster Memorial Award for
ACSA established the Marcus Foster Memorial Award to honor educators who model the vision of Marcus Foster. Foster took risks to improve educational opportunities. His inclusive management style gave community and staff comfort and confidence. He was creative, and willing to try new ideas to reach out to students. Foster was a skilled manager of change.
Recipients of this award receive a $5,000 grant for a high school senior or seniors.
Susan C. Salcido, Ed.D
Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools, Santa Barbara COE
Robert E. Kelly Award
ACSA's Robert E. Kelly Award honors individuals who help advance the high quality of public education and who have made significant contributions on a volunteer basis over the years.
Partners in Educational Excellence
ACSA's Partners in Educational Excellence Award recognizes exemplary school-community partnership programs.
YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
Valuing Diversity Award
ACSA's Valuing Diversity Award recognizes those who further ACSA's mission by promoting diversity and support for all children, parents and staff.
Director of Intervention and English Learner Programs, Claremont USD
2023 Administrators of the Year
Superintendent of the Year
Cheryl E. Jordan
Superintendent, Milpitas USD
Secondary Principal of the Year
Dr. Erika Tejeda
Principal, Liberty High Schools, Perris Union HSD
Middle Grades Principal of the Year
Dr. Christa Glembocki
Principal, Dwyer Middle School,
Huntington Beach CSD
Elementary Principal of the Year
Principal, Oakbrook Academy of the Arts TK-8, Fairfield-Suisun USD
Central Office Administrator of the Year
Director of Learning, Instruction & Accountability,
El Centro ESD
Secondary Co-Administrator of the Year
Monica Luther, Ed.D.
Assistant Principal, Orange High School,
Elementary Co-Administrator of the Year
Assistant Principal, Patricia Kay Beaver Leadership Magnet, Ceres USD
Classified Leader of the Year
Personnel Services Director, East Whittier CSD
Confidential Employee of the Year
Senior Executive Assistant, County Superintendent of Schools, Santa Clara COE
Personnel/Human Resources Administrator
of the Year
Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, Merced CSD
Adult Education Administrator of the Year
Michelle Claprood Lee
Principal, Charter Oak Adult Education,
Charter Oak USD
Career Technical Education Administrator
of the Year
Career Technical Education Coordinator, Folsom Cordova USD
Special Education Administrator of the Year
Senior SELPA Director, Pleasanton USD/Tri-Valley SELPA
Superintendent/Principal of the Year
Dr. Karen Villalobos
Superintendent/Principal, Twin Rivers Charter School, Yuba City USD Charter Authorizer
Business Services Administrator of the Year
Chief Business Official, El Segundo USD
Student Services Administrator of the Year
Dr. Donna Campbell
Assistant Superintendent of Student Services/Special Education, Palmdale ESD
Curriculum & Instruction Administrator
of the Year
Director of Special Projects, Thermalito Union ESD
Continuation/Educational Options Administrator of the Year
Principal, Valley Oak High School and Napa Valley Independent Studies, Napa Valley USD
Professor of Education of the Year
Dr. Maureen Latham
Superintendent in Residence,
Azusa Pacific University
Retired Administrator of the Year
Julie Braun Martin
Technology Administrator of the Year
Coordinator of Educational Technology,