GRANDVIEW - When Harriet Thompson Elementary School Principal Connie Davis opened a letter from the Yakima Valley Association of Educational Professionals (YVAEOP), she was both "surprised and honored."
The letter was to congratulate Davis for receiving the Administrator of the Year award.
"I didn't even know I had been nominated," Davis said.
The award process requires a YVAEOP member to submit a nomination. The awards committee looks at the nominee's academic background, experience in education, leadership and participation in professional associations, personal achievements, and support of education office professionals.
In the nomination form, Rachel Ott, the Recording Secretary for YVAEOP and Grandview School District Superintendent Secretary, referred to Davis as "a hard-working, positive role-model to her staff and other administrators."
Davis has worked for the Grandview School District for 15 years and has been in education for 34 years.
The next step in the awards process includes filling out a two-page application for the state level award and the regional awards banquet to be held on May 2.
The response of Alicia Garcia, first grade dual language teacher at Harriet Thompson Elementary School, "I'm shocked! I didn't even know about it, but I think she deserves it. She has implemented a lot of good changes for us."
"I really feel the award is for the whole staff, even though I am the one receiving the letter and award," Davis commented.