Scholarships, Awards & Events

Once a year the School of Education celebrates students and educators at our Recognition and Awards Ceremony. Those honored represent a small subset of the amazing teachers, students and administrators who work hard to make a difference for students in our communities every day. The people and programs selected for recognition rise to the top for their unique contributions and outstanding achievements. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's ceremony has been cancelled.

While we wish we could have welcomed all of our scholarship and award winners to a campus celebration, expressing our admiration via video with proper distancing seemed like the best alternative. Please enjoy these filmed expressions of appreciation for their many achievements. We hope to see you all next year at the 2021 awards ceremony back on the beautiful Sonoma State University campus!

2020 School of Education Virtual Recognition and Awards Ceremony

This Year's Scholarship and Award Winners:

Patricia Nourot Early Childhood Scholarship:

  • Sarai Islas, Early Childhood Studies Major

William “Bill” Donaldson Memorial Scholarship:

  • Daniel Campos, Single Subject Credential Candidate

F. George Elliott Exemplary Student Teacher Award:

  • Malik Charles Wade, Single Subject Credential Candidate

Circle of Excellence Awards:

  • Lia Thompson-Clark, Director, Sonoma State University Children’s School
  • Silvia Langan, World Language Teacher, Roseland University Prep
  • Julianne Kubina, Lecturer, Educational Specialist Credential Program, Sonoma State University
  • Steele Lane Elementary School Cooperating Teachers & Principal 

Jack London Award for Educational Innovation:

  • Friday Academies – Willits Charter School, Willits, CA
  • Learning Through Interests – Liberty High School, Benicia, CA

Our Mission

As a School of Education in the California State University system, our mission is to prepare teacher candidates and educational leaders to serve in California's diverse schools. We work collaboratively with our P-14 partners to best leverage our resources to ensure success for all students. We strive to prepare educational professionals who are knowledgeable and equipped to negotiate current education initiatives with skill and resilience. It is vital to the health of our local education community that we at Sonoma State University be in touch with what is happening in our local schools. The School of Education has a huge reach, preparing about 40% of the teachers in our local region. 

The following awards are presented annually at our Recognition and Awards Ceremony:

The following scholarships are presented annually at our Recognition and Awards Ceremony:

Pictures from our 2019 Ceremony