Everett School District Superintendent Gary Cohn (from left), Citizens for Everett Public Schools’ Caroline Mason, Michelle Nims and Jenny Steele (for Jared Kink), and educators Becky Ballbach and Jeanne Willard celebrate at a WASA awards luncheon May 11 in Everett. (Contributed photo)

Everett School District Superintendent Gary Cohn (from left), Citizens for Everett Public Schools’ Caroline Mason, Michelle Nims and Jenny Steele (for Jared Kink), and educators Becky Ballbach and Jeanne Willard celebrate at a WASA awards luncheon May 11 in Everett. (Contributed photo)

Schools hand out annual WASA honors

Everett School District deputy superintendent Joyce Stewart was honored with a Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award at the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) summer conference held in June in Spokane.

Earlier, at a luncheon held in May in Everett, area school districts honored educators and community leaders with local WASA awards for contributions to student achievement and community involvement.

In the Everett School District, Becky Ballbach and Jeanne Willard received the Student Achievement Award for heading on-time graduation and career and college readiness efforts. Citizens for Everett Public Schools — including Jared Kink, Michelle Nims and Caroline Mason — received the Community Involvement Award for their efforts to pass the April 2016 bond and capital levy.

In Sultan, high school resource officer Deputy Craig Hess was honored with a Community Leadership Award.

In the Edmonds School District, the Rotary Club of Lynnwood was awarded the Community Leadership Award, and Lynnwood High School Principal Dave Golden was given the Student Achievement Award.

The Mukilteo School District honored Leslie Clauson, the principal of Horizon Elementary, with the Student Achievement Leadership Award. Oran Smith-Osterman, who created the nonprofit Packs for Kids, received the Community Leadership Award.

In Lake Stevens, food and nutrition manager Mollie Langum received the Student Achievement Award, while the Community Leadership Award was given to Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory and Lake Stevens Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson.

In addition, Edmonds Superintendent Kris McDuffy received a Regional Award in Student Achievement for her work while employed by the Arlington School District.

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