Educational Service District 112 presented regional awards on behalf of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) to honor and recognize outstanding educational administrators and community members who have made extraordinary contributions to K–12 education. The Award of Merit, Student Achievement Leadership Award and Community Leadership Awards were presented at a ceremony Friday, May 19, at ESD 112 in Vancouver.

“Unlike private or charter schools our public schools welcome all students regardless of size, color, background, income or ability. For many children, public education is the only hope for creating a vibrant life and future success,” said Mike Nerland, Chair of the WASA Awards for Region 112 and Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning at ESD 112. “We’re proud to recognize and celebrate those who dedicate their time, talent, and attention to making our public schools the best they can be for our children.”

AWARD OF MERIT – for effective leadership at the regional level

Presented to John Deeder, Superintendent, Evergreen Public Schools

Superintendent Deeder leveraged change across the region, providing great opportunities for students. From innovative partnerships to a focus on supporting students most in need, he inspired, challenged, mentored and impacted his colleagues. His humble approach, collaborative spirit, and courage set a standard for superintendent leadership others strive to reflect in their own practices.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT LEADERSHIP AWARD – for innovative programs improving student achievement

Presented to Mark Hottowe, Superintendent, Battle Ground Public Schools

Throughout Superintendent Hottowe’s 41 years in education, he repeatedly demonstrated a heart for vulnerable and underserved youth. He spent his career helping to change school culture and climate through programs that reduce risk factors, build resiliency and enable positive learning environments. He created the Social-Emotional Learning Department in Battle Ground, and led the implementation of the Project AWARE grant, resulting in significant decreased suspensions at the district’s high schools.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to education, this award was presented to:

  • Colleen O’Neal / Battle Ground Education Foundation, Battle Ground School District
  • Downtown Camas Association, Camas School District
  • Child and Adolescent Clinic, Educational Service District 112
  • Christie BrownSilva, Evergreen Public Schools
  • Kelso Public Schools Foundation, Kelso School District
  • George Cooper, Lyle School District
  • Citizens for Ridgefield Schools, Ridgefield School District
  • Ridgefield Boosters and Dawn Gaspar, President, Ridgefield School District
  • A&J Select, John and Andra Mobley, Stevenson-Carson School District
  • Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Stevenson Chapter, Stevenson-Carson School District
  • One Prevention Alliance, Stevenson-Carson School District
  • Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, Stevenson-Carson School District
  • Southwest Washington League of United Latin American Citizens, Vancouver Public Schools
  • Mike Sprinkle, Chair, Citizen’s Committee for Washougal Schools, Washougal School District

John Deeder and Mark Hottowe were also given Retirement Awards.