The Classified School Employee of the Year program recognizes one classified employee from each of Washington’s educational service districts every year. A selection committee choses the state Classified School Employee of the Year from this group of regional finalists. The award is available to any classified school or district employee working at least half-time.

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OSPI is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Classified School Employee of the Year. Anyone can nominate! All you need is basic information about your nominee (job title, school, contact information, and educational service district) and a letter of nomination.

If you know of an extraordinary secretary, bus driver, parapro, custodian, or other classified employee in your school district, nominate that person through OSPI’s online form via the button link below.

Deadline to turn in your nominations is January 24.

Meet the 2019 ESD 112 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year

Marie Stalsberg

Computer Guided Study Staff Assistant
Evergreen (Clark)
Mountain View High School

Marie works in the Thunder Academy – a wrap-around, in-building, credit recovery program with an impressive 96% graduation rate. Colleagues credit Marie’s oversight and organization with a significant increase in student success since the program’s redesign in 2013 and a rise in the number of credits students are earning back each year from 795 in 2013-14 to 1,067 in 2017-18.

Marie earned her BS in Business Administration and began her career at Hewlett Packard. After starting a family, she decided to stay home. Marie loved volunteering in her children’s classrooms. When she returned to work, it was as a substitute classified employee with the school district. Her first permanent position was as a floral assistant at Mountain View.

Ten years later Marie is still at Mountain View where students continue to tug at her heartstrings. Marie knows there is no one formula for student success. She embraces the variety of her job that includes time both in and outside of the classroom doing home visits, calling families, and finding out what motivates a student. For Marie it’s all worth it if she can help a student realize their potential.

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