Annual Awards Showcase Celebration

ASBA makes history with new president

Lawrence Robinson, member of the Roosevelt Elementary School District, became the first African American president of the Arizona School Boards Association Board of Directors. This is a milestone and celebration for the association as we continue to cultivate excellence in locally-governed school districts throughout our state.

Robinson has a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna and went on to go to Law School at New York University. As the 2019 president, his top priority is connecting campuses to communities. “For many communities, our most valuable asset is the local public school. We have to get back to creating ways that tear down walls between communities and campuses so that everyone has the opportunities to succeed across Arizona,” said Robinson.

Look for ways to get involved and help connect your campus to the community throughout this year!

Joining Robinson on the executive committee include Steven Chapman, Tolleson Union High School District as president-elect; Ann O’Brien, Deer Valley Unified School District as treasurer and Linda Lyon, Oracle Elementary School District as immediate past-president.

Arizona public schools recognized at annual conference for leadership, student achievement and more


Nearly 600 school board members, superintendents and other public school leaders from throughout the state gathered in Phoenix Dec.12-14 for the 61st joint Annual Conference of the Arizona School Boards Association and the Arizona School Administrators Superintendents’ Division.

Congratulations to the people and programs in Arizona’s public schools that exemplified excellence in education in 2018 and honored with awards during the annual conference. Honorees hailed from districts large and small throughout the state. All award recipients will be included in the ASBA Annual Journal.

Nogales Unified School District named Lou Ella Kleinz Excellence in Governance Award Recipient

Mike Hughes awarded Barbara Robey Lifetime Achievement Award

Board Awards

Advocate of the Year
Congratulations to Devin del Palacio, Tolleson UHSD. View video here.


All-Arizona School Board Member Award
Congratulations to Kelly Baker, Morenci USD; Nelson Daley, St. David USD; Frankie Dalmolin, Globe USD; Kathy Knecht, Peoria USD and Ferrall Knight, Holbrook USD. View video here.


Honor Roll Award Winners
Congratulations to Steve Dockray, VACTE; Tom Murphy, Sahuarita USD; Annette Auxier, Chandler USD; Sandy Pritchett, Seligman USD; Norman Sanders, GIFT; Gerald Long, Flowing Wells USD; Elizabeth T. Hunsaker, Tolleson ESD; Debra Scott, Sierra Vista USD; Gary Kemp, J.O. Combs USD; Kari Hoffman, Colorado River UHSD; Lisa Rossi, Ajo USD; Kathy Bourgeous, JO Combs USD; Robert Rice, Chandler USD; Kathy Knecht, Peoria USD; Mark Lane, Paradise Valley USD; Bernadette Coggins, Kyrene ESD; Fred Ferreira, San Carlos USD and Vic Grace, Balsz USD.


Golden Bell Promise Program Award Winners

Elementary: Congratulations to the Laveen Elementary School District “Mind, Body and Spirit”

High School: Congratulations to the Morenci Unified School District “Distance Learning Initiative”

CTE/JTED: Congratulations to the Vail Unified School District “Andrada Healthcare Pathway”

Collaboration: Wickenburg Unified School District “Ropin’ In Our Wranglers”

Student Awards

Congratulations to Jack Peterson Scholarship Recipients
Ashley Hostetler, Higley USD and Angelica Vazquez, Chino Valley USD.


Ashley Hostetler, Higley USD and Linda Lyon


Angelica Vazquez, Chino Valley USD and Linda Lyon

Congratulations to Panfilo H. Contreras Honorary Scholarship Recipients
Brandon Fimbres, Tucson USD and Robyn Nelson, Page USD.


Panfilo H. Contreras and Robyn Nelson, Page USD.

ASBA Student Photo Contest

Congratulations to the following students who placed in this year’s ASBA Student Photo Contest. The theme “Arizona Outdoors” – certainly allowed for some beautiful and creative submittals by students from across the state. The photos were reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges including the photography editor of Arizona Highways Magazine who will be providing the winning students and their teachers with a photo workshop in February

1st place: Amy Barreto, Benson High School, Benson USD


2nd place: Samantha Richardson, Walden Grove High School, Sahuarita USD


3rd place: Taylor Andes, Walden Grove High School, Sahuarita USD


3rd place: Isaac Rhoden, Williams Field High School, Higley USD