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. This year's ceremony took place on Tuesday, May 7th at 5pm in Ballroom B in the Student Center. 

Save the Date for Awards Ceremony

2024 Scholarship and Award Winners:

Patricia Nourot Early Childhood Scholarship:

  • Carly Taberski, Early Childhood Studies Major

William “Bill” Donaldson Memorial Scholarship:

  • Jennifer Schwartz, Single Subject Credential Candidate

F. George Elliott Exemplary Student Teacher Award:

  • Elena Campos Ruiz, Multiple Subject Credential Candidate

F. George Elliott Fellowship for Professional Renewal:

  • Jasmine Clewis, Special Education Teacher, Santa Rosa High School

Circle of Excellence Awards:

  • Larkin O'Leary, Common Ground Society
  • Isabel Quinonez, Alumna, Early Childhood Studies Program
  • Sally Aster, Kristie Hultquist & Sarah Simmons, Residency Mentor Teachers of Valley Vista Elementary School
  • Aida Diaz, Principal, Cesar Chavez Language Academy

Award for Educational Innovation:

  • Sassarini Elementary School Maker Lab – Sassarini Elementary School, Sonoma
  • Cali Green, Climate & Culture - Cali Calmécac Language Academy, Windsor
  • Medical Careers Pathway - Novato High School, Novato
  • Honorable Mention - Sonoma Valley High School Media Arts Pathway

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 2024 Ceremony