Every year, PSE pauses and recognizes the hard work performed by its classified, exempt, and higher education employees.

Because of their efforts, schools and universities run efficiently and students of all ages receive support they need to receive a quality education. From the bus driver that drops the student off at school to the office professional making sure students’ papers are in order, the staff that PSE represents are the glue that keeps universities and schools together.

It’s time to recognize their hard work.

Please take a moment and recognize a member of your staff, your coworker, or even a principal for their contributions to education in Washington State and their communities.


Nominations must be received no later than March 23, 2017.

Award Categories

1) Employee of the Year

This coveted award is granted to a PSE-represented employee who has demonstrated a commitment to education. Individual must be an active member in good standing of their local PSE chapter. They must have been a PSE member for minimum of three years. The individual should have positive relationships with other staff, the district, and with PSE.


Awards Committee Chair Judy York congratulates 2016 Classified Employee of the Year Richard Hollingshead at PSE Convention.

2) Life Member

This award is for a PSE-represented employee who was been active in PSE for a minimum of ten (10) years. Additionally, they must have made outstanding contributions to the general welfare of employees through PSE. This can be a retired PSE-represented employee. One life membership may be granted for every 5,000 PSE members, as computed at the time the Awards Committee makes its selection. This award should recognize someone who has completed most of his/her contributions to PSE (a lifetime of achievements). This requires a minimum of four (4) letters of recommendation: one letter from a chapter leader, one letter from a PSE board member, and two letters from co-workers (one co-worker must be a PSE member).

3) Higher Education Award

This award is granted to a PSE-represented employee who has demonstrated a commitment to higher education. This award is intended to recognize higher education employees. The individual should have positive relationships with other staff, their university, and with PSE. The individual must be an active member in good standing of the local PSE chapter. They must have been a PSE member for minimum of three years.

4) Legislative Member of the Year

Given to individuals who have exhibited political involvement, worked with legislators or legislation, and who are involved with PSE for the betterment of classified personnel.

5) President’s Leadership Award

This award is for PSE members who demonstrate outstanding leadership in their local chapter or who make special contributions to PSE members through their role in the chapter or by serving on state committees. More than one award may be granted. The state president presents these awards at chapter or zone meetings.

6) Honorary Member of the Year

Honorary membership may be conferred upon any qualified individual as determined by the Awards Committee. This award is intended to honor principals, superintendents, teachers, or other non-PSE educational personnel. Honorary memberships are reserved for individuals who are non-members but who have demonstrated concern for or aided classified school employees in a significant way. Honorary memberships are granted for a period of one year following the annual convention at which the award is made.


All forms are due March 23, 2017.

If you have any questions please email or call Travis Tingvall at (253) 876-7440.


Life Members recognized together at PSE Convention 2016.

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