Announcing the 2012 Gold Star Award Winners!

The 2012 Highline Schools Foundation Gold Star Award Winners are:

2012 Gold Star Winners

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Alan Spicciati, Barbara Rodgers, Astha Tada. Not pictured: David Sabey.

Outstanding Alumnus: David Sabey

Mr. Sabey attended Sunnydale Elementary, Sylvester Middle School and Highline High School where he graduated in 1965.

Mr. Sabey not only founded one of the leading development companies in the Puget Sound Region, The Sabey Corporation, he has also been a civic leader for more than 30 years. Dave has a passion for promoting education at both the K-12 and higher education levels, and has volunteered his time for a number of universities both in Washington State and across the nation.

Outstanding Volunteer: Astha Tada, Cascade Middle School

Ms. Tada provided leadership and compassion to her colleagues and to the children she taught during her career as a Highline School District librarian from approximately 1967 to 2003, serving at McMicken Heights Elementary, Valley View Elementary and Cascade Middle School.

Currently, Astha’s biggest volunteer challenge is as spokesperson and community advocate to save the White Center King County Library so Cascade Middle School and other students will have access to its resources.

Outstanding Classified or Professional Support Staff: Barbara Rodgers, Office Manager, Health Sciences & Human Services High School

Ms. Rodgers treats students with compassion and an incredible amount of empathy. She is known as a “mother” to all students, providing snacks and breakfast for students who are coming to school hungry. She is the provider of supplies for activities, and has been known to support students who need athletic shoes, or a cap and gown for graduation, with her own dollars. She is a beloved staff member and district employee.

Outstanding Administrator:  Dr. Alan Spicciati, Interim Superintendent

Dr. Alan Spicciati, Interim Superintendent of Highline Public Schools, is truly deserving of this award for his exemplary leadership for nearly two decades, including his outstanding work during our district’s current superintendent transition.

Throughout his term as interim, Dr. Spicciati has made a high priority of connecting with school personnel and community members. Last fall, he launched a”50 Sites in 50 Days” tour of the district, during which he visited schools, work sites and community events meeting people and conveying how he values their work.

Alan has made numerous contributions to Highline School District. As Chief Accountability Officer, he designed the Systemwide Measures of Success—which holds the district accountable for specific metrics that support student achievement.

He has worked in the district for nearly 18 years—starting as an elementary music teacher, then to high school assistant principal and elementary principal before beginning his work at the district office.


The Gold Star Award winners will be honored at the Foundation’s annual Gold Star Awards Breakfast on April 20, 2012 held at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Conference Center. For information on registration, please visit the event page.

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