LSSD does it againThree bring home regional awards from WASA JOURNAL STAFF Washington Association of School Administrators recently presented its annual regional awards for outstanding leadership. Julie Sewald, Speech/Language Pathologist at Sunnycrest Elementary; Michelle Kruse, Community Volunteer, and Dr. Suzanne Baier Assistant Superintendent were all presented awards for their outstanding achievement and contributions to Lake Stevens School District.
Julie Sewald is a Speech/Language/Pathologist was recognized for outstanding leadership in the implementation of an innovation that resulted in measurable growth in student achievement.
Sewald led a team that developed a Phonological Awareness Resource Manual for teachers. It was designed for the instruction of primary students who were identified as most in need of additional instruction.
Additionally, Sewald and her team provided training for use of the manual for all primary teachers.
It is clear that this endeavor was a labor of love. Because of their masterful work and dedication this product ensures that at-risk students are provided the opportunity to become successful readers and writers.
Michelle Kruse received the Community Leadership Award.
Kruse is a huge supporter of the Lake Stevens School District and has been involved in a wide variety of volunteer activities for many years. Her support has manifested itself through her participation in bond and levy campaigns, her membership in our “Challenge our Children” committee as well as her leadership of the Lake Stevens Education Foundation as the Foundation’s Secretary.
Earlier this spring the Lake Stevens Education Foundation hosted their first annual Wine and Dessert Fund Raiser. Kruse provided leadership for this event. The evening event was a tremendous success with over 100 school supporters gathering to raise funds.
The event raised nearly $25,000 which will be used for scholarships and classroom teacher grants.
Dr. Suzanne Baier received the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Regional Award of Merit for her contributions to the WASA organization.
For three years she was a member of the Instructional Program Administration Component (IPAC) serving as Chairperson last year.
As an IPAC leader she worked with the committee to assess and determine membership needs. Utilizing a focus group in the fall of 2005 a plan was set to provide members with training in the Powerful Teaching and Learning protocol and the role of leadership.
Dr. Baier then provided workshops and various trainings at annual conferences across the state.
Additional service included serving on a communication committee that developed an award winning state-wide communication plan that was delivered to every superintendent in the state; served as a member of the hiring committee for the Executive Director; served as a scorer on the committee to review applications for the WASA Excellence John Handy Award; represented WASA in the focus group which gave direction to the Northwest Regional Learning Center.
In all Dr. Baier has served the WASA organization for five years.