Issaquah Valley PTA Awards Program

2022-2023 Nominations are now being accepted!


Show your appreciation for those who make IVE great!

Submit the form below to the main office or via email by 4PM on Friday, March 17th.

Nomination Form


Program Summary

IVE PTA is honored each year to present awards to outstanding volunteers and educators to celebrate and show our appreciation for those individuals that go the extra mile to make IVE the best it can be for our students and their families. The information in this document was reviewed and approved by the IVE PTA General Membership on September 22, 2020 and is reflected in our IVE PTA Standing Rules. The purpose of this program document is to honor the original intent of the awards, ensure fairness, demonstrate transparency, and maintain the integrity of the PTA Awards Program at IVE.


IVE PTA offers the following award categories, and all nominations come solely from IVE families, school staff members, and other IVE community PTA members. 


Golden Acorn (GA)

This award is presented to an exceptional IVE volunteer in recognition of their dedication and service in alignment with the mission of PTA.

  • Nominees must be a PTA Member in good standing
  • PTA Board Members are eligible for work outside of leadership role
  • One-time maximum lifetime wins per individual (consider past winners for other PTA Awards such as OA or HLM Awards)
  • Up to 3 winners per year (contact board for exceptions)


Outstanding Educator (OE)

This award recognizes IVE staff who have provided outstanding educational experiences to IVE students.  A nomination can be for a teacher, specialist, administrator, or support staff. 

  • Nominees must be a PTA Member in good standing
  • May have repeat winners (will be taken into consideration during selection)
  • Up to 2 winners per year (contact board for exceptions)


Outstanding Advocate (OA)

This special award recognizes an individual for their advocacy and commitment in helping to create strong policies relating to the health, welfare, safety, and education of children.

  • Nominees must be a PTA Member in good standing
  • This award is not typically given out each year, it is reserved for exceptional nominees


Honorary Life Membership (HLM)

This special award recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to the development, growth, and sustainability of IVE PTA. It is awarded to someone who has shown extraordinary commitment to IVE PTA’s vision and mission. Note: recipients do not receive a free membership in the IVE PTA, they will continue to need to purchase annually.

  • Nominees must be a PTA Member in good standing
  • This award is not typically given out each year, it is reserved for exceptional nominees


IVE PTA Awards Committee

The Awards Committee consists of 3-5 PTA members who are appointed by the IVE PTA President/Board of Directors annually. This committee may consist of a mix of the following: Board Members, Non-Board Members, and Previous IVE PTA Award Winners. An IVE Staff Member may serve on the committee for any award other than the Outstanding Educator Award (pending Principal approval).


The Awards Committee will adhere to all guidelines put forth in this document, the information available in the IVE PTA Awards Training Document, and as stated in the IVE PTA Standing Rules.


Nominations are advertised and solicited annually in January/February, with a deadline for submission in early March. The Awards Committee will meet in mid-March to review and score nominations using the provided rubrics. Once the Awards Committee has identified the winners, they will be submitted to the PTA President for approval. Upon approval, the Committee may notify the winners and begin public recognition and celebration.  


Awards Recognition & Celebration

Award winners will be notified and congratulated by the Awards Committee. Once the award winners have been notified, the Committee will let the PTA Director of Communications know to communicate publicly via PTA communication channels.


Recipients will be formally recognized at the Spring Volunteer Appreciation/Social Event. They will receive a PTA certificate and pin. Winners may also receive a small token of celebration (such as a card, flowers, chocolate). Recipient names will be added to a plaque that is displayed at IVE. They will be invited to the Issaquah PTSA Council District celebration.





2021-2022 Award Winners

Historical Honorees


GA Ellie Vertrees

GA Krista Willis

OE Kris Coleman

OE Sandra Floyd



GA Marcelle Waldman

GA Lindsay Conger

OE Shelley Harding

OE Katherine Rudie

OA Amy Allison


GA Ki Lan Black

GA Cortney Eldridge

GA Ashley Kowallis

GA Kitty Morris

OE Stephanie Crandall

OE Pace Ebbesen

OE Freddie Pascua



GA Jamie Rydberg

GA Jaimi Messmer

GA Stacy Harfert

OE Nicole Min

OE Rylie Motley



GA Andrea Hackney

GA Morgan Noble

GA Angie Warren

OE Wendee Fowler

OE Alicia Jones



OE Jane Brammer

OE Suzanne Thoburn

GA Kim Pike

GA Rebecca Maljak

GA Laura Schmidt

GA Marisol Visser



OE Suzanne Thoburn

OE Dawn Harper

OE Leona Keltner

GA Amy Cancelosi

GA Margarita Leas



OE Allison Gullingsrud

OE Ann Marie Petry

GA Debbie Kuntz

GA Lizz Eng



OE Susan Moffett

GA Anne Livinston

GA Rachel Stoner

GA Victoria Remer



OE Gary Arthur

GA Tiffany Aske

GA Natalie Hancock

GA Tara Moe

GA Teri Systma



OE Dan Ullom

OA Tola Marts

GA Patricia Neil

GA Sharilyn Tokumi

GA Leslie MacInnes



GA Collen Gurkin

GA Dan Chernin

GA Kerri Jensen

GA Ana Inman



GA Tanya Alter

GA Kim Nardi

GA Suzie Kuflik



OE Cheryl Churchill

GA Kristen Allen Bentsen

GA Leah Gibson



OA Diane Bankson

GA Jana White

GA Kim Murphy



OE Carol Fraser

GA Connie Bellas

GA Bert Jones



OE Leona Keltner

GA Rena Lang

GA Chuck Ratcliffe

GA Kathy Crisafulli



OE Michelle Robblee

OE Dusty Duke

GA Mila Hover

GA Onti Rosen



OE Gary Arthur

OE Helen Cheney

OE Rebecca Posten

GA Marie Bruce

GA Pam Doxsie

GA Elaine Hollaway

GA Cindy Shimizu

GA Nancy Tochko



OE Suzanne Thoburn

OE Jennifer Ritchie

OE Paula Delucia

GA Ursula Baba

GA Valaree Cox

GA Lisa Sacksteder

GA Rich Wood



OE Dawn Harper

OE Carolyn Hall

OE Nancy Slanina

GA Carol Powers

GA Laurie Jones

GA Deby Harvey

GA Sheri Ogilvie



OE Peggy McNees

OE Chris Burnett



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