GASPA Distinguished Service Award

The purpose of the award is to recognize an active member of GASPA who has added value to the organization in their length and quality of service to GASPA, overall service, and value-added to GASPA.  The recipient of this award has demonstrated competencies in Human Resources and a strong commitment and dedication to GASPA and the HR profession.  Nominations are submitted by the general membership and selection is made by the GASPA Executive Board and Awards Committee chaired by the President-Elect.  This award is the highest honor achieved by A GASPA member and is only presented when an appropriate individual is identified.  The award is presented at the Spring GASPA Conference.

Award recipients:

  • Barbara Cooper
  • Bobby Stephens
  • Mary Jessie
  • Candace Norton
  • Vince Richardson (Fall 2016 Conference)
  • Sid Camp

GASPA Outstanding Regional Director Award

The purpose of the award is to recognize an active Regional Director who has demonstrated distinguished leadership and service to the members of their region.  The award is presented at the Spring GASPA Conference.

Award Recipients:

  • Gary Jenkins
  • Debbie Bennett
  • Gay Truelove
  • Elizabeth Young

GASPA President's Award

The purpose of the award is to recognize an active member of GASPA who has done extraordinary work and made a significant impact on not only GASPA but on the educational leadership community as a whole.   The award is presented at the Spring GASPA Conference.

Award Recipients:

  • Mary Jessie
  • Melissa Shepard

GAEL Jimmy Stoke Exemplary Service Award - GASPA Recipients

The GAEL board of directors recognizes those members who have received acclaim from GAEL Affiliates during that current year.  Recognition is given to those who have devoted many years of service to GAEL or to GAEL Affiliates.  The award is presented at the Winter GAEL Conference.

Award Recipients:

  • 2013 – Wilma Widmer
  • 2014 – Kim Clayton
  • 2015 – Mary Jessie
  • 2016 -Sid Camp
  • 2017 – Vince Richardson
  • 2018 – Valerie Suessmith
  • 2019 – Candace Norton
  • 2020 – Ramon Ray
  • 2021 – Gary Jenkins

GAEL Puckett Outstanding Educator Award

Each year, GAEL provides members the opportunity to nominate fellow members for the Outstanding Educator Award.  The honor goes to individuals who personify the leadership qualities modeled by GAEL’s third executive director Dr. Jim Puckett.  The award is presented at the Summer GAEL Conference.

Award Recipients:

  • 2016 – Candace Norton
  • 2017 – Mary Jessie
  • 2018 – Sid Camp
  • 2019 – Anthony Wright
  • 2020 – Valerie Suessmith
  • 2021 – Gary Jenkins

If you are interested in submitting a candidate for consideration for one of the above awards, please email the name of the candidate with your reasons for submission to:

Valerie Suessmith
Valerie.suessmith@henry.k12.ga.us
770-957-5107