On May 17, Educational Service District 112 proudly presented awards on behalf of the Washington Association of School Administrators. These awards are a testament to the significant contributions our region’s outstanding schools, staff, and community members have made to K-12 education. They are a symbol of deep appreciation for their tireless efforts and dedication.

The ceremony, held at the ESD 112 campus in Vancouver, featured several accolades, including the Award of Merit and Student Achievement Leadership Award, among others.

AWARDS OF MERIT – for effective leadership at the regional level

Presented to Brent Freeman, Wahkiakum School District

Brent Freeman demonstrated relentless advocacy for small schools’ construction funding, taking the issue to the Supreme Court.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT LEADERSHIP AWARD – for innovative programs improving student achievement

Presented to the Hockinson School District Leadership Team

The Hockinson School District Leadership Team has shown measurable improvement in student leadership and significantly increased staff understanding of inclusion and equity. Their transformative approach to inclusion, Universal Design for Learning, and co-teaching is a beacon of inspiration, demonstrating the power of commitment and dedication in achieving remarkable results.

WASA STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS – for significant leadership role in initiatives or programs that promote inclusivity, access, equity, or social justice

  • Sora Tolley, Battle Ground Public Schools
  • Preston Hinduja and Avery Hughes-Davis, Vancouver Public Schools
  • Jayna Jackson, Tegin Pedersen, Abigail Picho, and Cordell Lafrance, Washougal School District

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARDS – recognizing outstanding contributions to education, this award was presented to:

ESD 112 Honors Top Educators with 2024 WASA Awards

  • Mark Mathias and Ali Novinger
  • Jon Girod
  • Kris Soske
  • Mark Klein and Pat Hennessey
  • Brenda Schallberger
  • Linda Carter and Liz Ihrig
  • Carelon Behavioral Health of Washington
  • Kelso Public Schools Foundation
  • Kelso Christian Assembly Royal Closet
  • Bill Watson
  • Bruce Pollock
  • Chance Carpenter
  • Cathy Doriat
  • Zach Smith
  • Wind River Business Association
  • American Legion Coy-Catlin Post 137
  • Trout Lake Community Foundation
  • Melanie Wilson
  • Janice Watts


  • Dr. David Cresap, Battle Ground Public Schools
  • John Boyd, Evergreen Public Schools
  • Dr. Dan Zorn, Longview Public Schools
  • Lisa Nelson, Naselle-Grays River School District
  • Brent Freeman, Wahkiakum School District
  • Michael Green, Woodland Public Schools


  • Lisa Nelson, Naselle-Grays River School District