Award Opportunities

  • New for the 2021-22 school year: Spokane Public Schools staff and students will be awarded each month for “Exceptional Excellence.” Anyone is welcome to fill out a nomination!

Winners for the 2021-22 school year:


  • Audubon Elementary sixth grader Devin Anthony
  • Shadle Park High School paraeducator Deanna Damm 
  • Grant Elementary counselor Madeline Sells


  • Rogers High School freshman Jeremiah Audet
  • Lewis and Clark High School data processor Karen Payne
  • Stevens Elementary English Language Development teacher Sara Shaw


  • Cooper Elementary fifth grader Julia Trofimchenko
  • Linwood Elementary fourth grade teacher Matt Petro
  • Madison Elementary paraeducators Jana Woods and Jennifer Clary


  • Glover Middle School student LaNessa Grigsby
  • Spokane Language Immersion kindergarten teacher Melina Rios
  • Moran Prairie Elementary Office Manager Shelby McVay


  • Jefferson Elementary Behavior Intervention teacher Misty Kirn
  • Garfield Elementary sixth grader Nyesha Johnson
  • On Track Academy secretary and counseling intern Caitlin Garpestad-Rouse


  • NEWTech Business Manager Lisa Gonzalez
  • Indian Trail Elementary first grader Connor Ball
  • The Community School and Spokane Public Montessori Lead Nurse Lorie Stucke


  • Mullan Road Elementary Office Secretary Cory Alfaro
  • Lewis & Clark High School senior Brasin Benjamin
  • Spokane Virtual Academy third grade teacher Marcus Potts


  • Bemiss Elementary Nutrition Services team members Tracy Hansen and Carri Brown
  • Sacajawea Middle School math teacher Pamela Watts
  • Salk Middle School student Madison Mann


  • Franklin Elementary Designed Instruction Instructional Assistant Emily Watson
  • Lincoln Heights fourth grader Taj Schuster-Perez
  • North Central High School teacher Matthew Johnson
  • Staff Member Award

    Two SPS employees (one classified and one certificated) will be selected each month based on the following attributes:

    • Demonstrated leadership
    • Going above and beyond for students or peers
    • Random acts of kindness/awesomeness
    • Community involvement (in or out of schools)
    • Overcoming great odds or obstacles
    • Inspiring life stories

    ⇒ Nominate a staff member.

    Student Award

    Once a month during the school year, Superintendent Adam Swinyard will select one student to honor based on the following attributes:

    • Leadership activities
    • Accomplishments in or out of school
    • Community involvement/Service on boards
    • Random acts of kindness/awesomeness
    • Personal improvement
    • Inspiring life stories

    ⇒ Nominate a student.