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Classified Employee of the Year


Nominations for the 2024 ESD 105 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year are now open. Nominations are due by March 1, 2024. Our 2024 Regional Classified Employee of the Year will be announced this spring. 

2023 Classified employee OF THE YEAR

Christopher Harris, Selah School District, Custodial Lead & Athletics Event Coordinator

The Classified Employee of the Year award honors an outstanding secretary, custodian, cook, paraprofessional, bus driver, or other classified school staff member.  OSPI traditionally announces the Washington State Classified School Employee of the Year award during the late spring.  For further details about this program, go to OSPI's Classified Employee of the Year page.  


Who is eligible?

Anyone who is working as public school classified staff member in a non-executive management position, plans to continue working in that capacity through the 2024-25 school year, and has not already been recognized as a Regional or State Classified School Employee of the Year is eligible for this award.


How are winners selected?

Once nominations have been received, the nominee will be sent an email notification of their nomination. If they accept this nomination, they will be asked to complete a written application, answer a series of essay questions and gain approval from their principal and superintendent.


Our review committee uses the written application to decide which candidate best exemplifies the Classified Employee of the Year criteria:

  • The educator's work is recognized as exceptional, and they have the respect and admiration of their community.
  • The educator is committed to professional growth and building deeper connections between schools and communities.
  • The educator collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect, success, and care for others.
  • The educator is a leader who makes connections between their daily work and student success.

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Brittany Kaple

Brittany Kaple

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