Gold Star Award Winners

The Highline Schools Foundation’s Gold Star Awards are prestigious honors in our school community, recognizing Highline Public Schools’ best and brightest Teachers, Volunteers, Alumni Staff and Administrators. Scroll down to see all of the amazing people how have won a gold star award.

Do you work with or for a person who has made a significant contribution in our schools? The Foundation relies on the entire community to bring forward the names of those to be considered for these awards through the Gold Star Award Nomination process. Nominations are open! Deadline: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Gold Star Award Winners: 2001—2017

Gold Star Award Winners: 2001—2017 (click photo to enlarge)

Outstanding Alumnus

2018 – Who do you think should be the Outstanding Alumnus this year? Nominate them today!
2017 – Julia Patterson, Tyee High School, Class of 1971/Retired Elected Official and Community Volunteer
2016 – Monique Matheson, Highline High School, Class of 1985/Nike
2015 – Michael Strand, Evergreen High School/Microsoft Business Solutions, Asia Pacific
2014 – Ray Conner, Highline High School/The Boeing Company
2013 – Dan Satterberg, Highline High School/King County Prosecuting Attorney
2012 – David Sabey, Highline High School /Sabey Corporation
2011 – Brad Tilden, Highline High School/President of Alaska Airlines

Gold Star Rookie Teacher of the Year

2018 – Who do you think should be recognized as this year’s Outstanding Rookie Teacher? Nominate them today!
2017 – Micah Gronvold, Technology, Engineering & Communications High School, IAC
2016 – Meagan Fleming, Parkside Elementary School, Challenge, Grade 5
2015 – Kimberly Campi, McMicken Heights Elementary School, Grade 2

Outstanding Volunteer

2018 – Who do you think should be crowned Outstanding Volunteer this year? Nominate them today!
2017 – Chuck Tuman, Community Volunteer
2016 – Jill Mudge, Gregory Heights Elementary School
2015 – Bill Tracy, Evergreen Campus, Cascade Middle School, White Center Area
2014 – Linda Elmore, Cheryl Forbes, Fuki Masuzawa, & Cherie Trondson, Bow Lake Elementary PAC
2013 – Sheri Healey, Mount Rainier High School
2012 – Astha Tada, Cascade Middle School/White Center Area
2011 – Mike Borfitz, Aviation High School
2010 – Braxton & Clara Dunn, Gregory Heights Elementary School
2009 – Tamera Nason, Aviation High School
2008 – Alice McGregor, Bow Lake Elementary School
2007 – Lora Bolding, Pacific Middle School
2006 – Dan Dundon, Big Picture High School
2005 – Sue Charlshe, Gregory Heights, Madrona & White Center Heights Elementary School
2004 – Bob & Fran Sweigart, Seahurst Elementary School
2003 – Sally Bartha, Bow Lake Elementary School
2002 – James Vert, Beverly Park Elementary School
2001 – Tom Tosch, Mount Rainier High School

Outstanding Professional or Classified Support Staff

2018 – Who do you think should be named Outstanding Staff this year? Nominate them today!
2017 – Outstanding Classified StaffKathy Allen, Madrona Elementary School, Family Support
2017 – Outstanding Professional StaffSydni Neves, Chinook Middle School, Instructional Coach
2016 – Ila Hewitt, Global Connections High School, Paraeducator
2015 – Barb Wilson, College Access Specialist, Student Advancement
2014 – Linda Simpier, Transportation
2013 – Sheri Sutliff, Chinook Middle School
2012 – Barbara Rogers, Health Sciences & Human Services High School
2011 – Tom Manola, Puget Sound Skill Center
2010 – Jacqueline Faundez, Cedarhurst Elementary School
2009 – Zenaida (ZZ) Newman, ERAC
2008 – Mike Castro, Chinook Middle School
2007 – Rick Healy, Facilities
2006 – Vicki Jimenez, Gregory Heights Elementary School
2005 – John Leonard, Highline High School
2004 – Gloria Prince, Cascade Middle School
2003 – Dwayne Olson, Highline High School & Sunnydale Elementary School
2002 – Sandi Rowden, Sylvester Middle School
2001 – Jan Kniestedt, Seahurst Elementary School

Outstanding Administrator

2018 – Who do you think should be named Outstanding Administrator this year? Nominate them today!
2017 – Gil Parsons, Chinook Middle School, Assistant Principal
2016 – Robin Lamoureux, Parkside Elementary School, Principal
2015 – Anne Arnold, PreK-3 Early Learning, Instruction & Innovation, Director
2014 – Karin Jones, McMicken Heights Elementary School, Principal
2013 – Chris Larsen, Seahurst Elementary School, Principal
2012 – Dr. Alan Spicciati, Interim Superintendent
2011 – Cherrie Smith, Instructional Design and Development, Coordinator for Student Advancement
2010 – Rick Harwood, Global Connections High School, Principal
2009 – Steve Grubb, Executive Director
2008 – Diana Garcia, Bow Lake Elementary School, Principal

Outstanding Teacher

2018 – 2018 – Who is this year’s Outstanding Teacher? Nominate them today!
2017 – Delila Leber, Mount View Elementary School
2016 – Heidi Jacobson-Beal, Beverly Park Elementary School
2015 – Yazmin Gil, Hilltop Elementary School
2014 – Claire Waistell, Sylvester Middle School
2013 – Lana Baroudi, Bow Lake Elementary School
2012 – Darcy Smith, McMicken Heights Elementary School
2011 – Beverly Mowrer, New Start High School
2010 – Carlyn Roedell, Bow Lake Elementary School
2009 – Linda Drahn, McMicken Heights Elementary School
2008 – Scott McComb, Aviation High School
2007 – Bobbie Daligcon, Cascade Middle School
2006 – Bonnie Omura, Beverly Park Elementary School
2005 – Tracey Drum, Valley View Elementary School
2004 – Diane Lange Jones, Marvista Elementary School
2003 – John Maloney, Highline High School
2002 – Mary Ann Yamaguchi, Evergreen High School
2001 – Michael Thorson, Valley View Elementary School


2017 Gold Star Award Winners

2017 Gold Star Award Winners

2017 Gold Star Award winners with Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent, Highline Public Schools and Marco Milanese, Highline Schools Foundation Board President

2017 Gold Star Award Winners (pictured from left to right)

  • Outstanding Teacher – Delila Leber, Mount View Elementary, Teacher – Dual Language, Kindergarten
  • Gold Star Rookie Teacher of the Year – Micah Gronvold, Technology, Engineering & Communications High School, Teacher – IAC
  • Outstanding Volunteer – Chuck Tuman, Community Volunteer
  • Outstanding Professional Staff – Sydni Neves, Chinook Middle School, Instructional Coach
  • Outstanding Classified Staff – Kathy Allen, Madrona Elementary, Family Support
  • Outstanding Administrator – Gil Parsons, Chinook Middle School, Assistant Principal

2016 Gold Star Award Winners

2016 Gold Star Award Winners

2016 Gold Star Award winners with Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent, Highline Public Schools

  • Outstanding Classified Staff – Ila Hewitt, Global Connections
  • Outstanding Teacher, Heidi Jacobson-Beal, Beverly Park
  • Outstanding Volunteer, Jill Mudge, Gregory Heights
  • Gold Star Rookie Teacher of the Year – Meagan Fleming, Parkside
  • Outstanding Administrator, Robin Lamoureux, Parkside
  • Outstanding Alumnus, Monique Matheson, Highline High School, Class of 1985/Vice President and Chief Talent and Diversity Officer ~ Nike (not pictured)

2015 Gold Star Award Winners

2015 Gold Star Award Winners

2015 Gold Star Award Winners – Pictured left to right: Outstanding Administrator – Anne Arnold, Director, PreK-3 Early Learning, Instruction & Innovation; Outstanding Volunteer – Bill Tracy, Community Volunteer; Outstanding Alumnus – Michael Strand, Director of Microsoft Business Solutions, Asia Pacific, EHS Class of ‘84; Outstanding Teacher – Yazmin Gil, Teacher – Kindergarten Dual Language, Hilltop Elementary School; Gold Star Rookie Teacher of the Year – Kimberly Campi, Teacher – Grade 2, McMicken Heights Elementary School. Not pictured: Outstanding Professional Staff – Barb Wilson, College Access Specialist, Student Advancement


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