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. Next year's ceremony will be in-person on Thursday, May 4th at 5pm in Ballroom B in the Student Center. 

2022 Scholarship and Award Winners:

Patricia Nourot Early Childhood Scholarship:

  • Nataly Hernandez, Early Childhood Studies Major

William “Bill” Donaldson Memorial Scholarship:

  • Lorenzo Rivera Morales, Single Subject Credential Candidate

F. George Elliott Exemplary Student Teacher Award:

  • Maria Rios-Zendejas, Single Subject Credential Candidate

F. George Elliott Fellowship for Professional Renewal:

  • Kathryn Chesbro, Social Science Teacher, Elsie Allen High School

Circle of Excellence Awards:

  • Melanie Dodson, Executive Director, Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs)
  • Tracy Lavin-Kendall, Principal, Mark West Elementary
  • Kelly Mackura, Science Teacher, Lawrence Cook Middle School
  • Maeve Ann Mulholland, Special Education Coordinator, Roseland Public Schools

Award for Educational Innovation:

  • Club Connect – Mattie Washburn Elementary, Windsor
  • Pathways Program – Tamiscal High School, Larkspur
  • Honorable Mention - CRPUSD Virtual Learning Academy, Rohnert Park
  • Semi-Finalist - Steele Lane Literacy Learning Academy - Steele Lane Elementary, Santa Rosa
  • Semi-Finalist - Pay It Forward Pantry - Fort Bragg High School, Fort Bragg

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 2022 Ceremony