Twain PTSA is grateful to our volunteers and staff for their hard work and contribution to our community.
We recognize individuals formally through our Volunteer of the Month Award and our annual Twain PTSA Awards.
And we are recognized...
As a PTSA, we are also proud of our work in serving Twain students and our school community.
We have been recognized in these efforts with a number of excellence and membership awards from Washington State PTA:
Each year, the Mark Twain PTSA Awards honor volunteers and staff who have given extra. These individuals are recognized for making an undeniable difference in our PTSA, school and community.
Golden Acorn Award
This award is presented in partnership with the Washington State PTSA to honor those who have given exemplary volunteer service.
2022-23: Nicki Schulman
2021-22: Katti Swanson
2020-21: Candace Dalton
2018-19: Christine Woskett
2017-18: Molly Honig
2016-17: Brandi Comstock
Honorary Life Membership Award
The purpose of the WSPTA Honorary Life Membership Award is to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to the development and growth of Twain PTSA.
2022-23: Janine Sorenson
2021-22: Bonnie Leung
2020-21: Maya Chen and Tanya Scharpenberg
2019-20: Meghan Wright, Shelley Lish, Heather Buchholz and Elizabeth Fortman
2017-18: Naomi Urban
2016-17: Tammy Gilliam
Bobcat Award for Outstanding PTSA Volunteer
This Bobcat Award honors someone who has been valuable to Twain PTSA in a variety of ways. They are always there to help with various projects and provide support on many levels.
2022-23: Malaika Silliker
2021-22: Heather Scott and Kate Ho
2020-21: Jessica Falkner-Horine and Grace Ma
2019-20: Junghee Pogue
2018-19: Sheepa Bansal and Candace Dalton
2017-18: Shelley Lish
2016-17: Jeff Gerwin
Bobcat Award for Outstanding PTSA Committee Work
This person improved one of our PTSA committees in a very positive way. Their organization and work made a very positive impact on the students of Mark Twain.
2022-23: Heather Scott
2021-22: Kate Winzig
2020-21: Katti Swanson
2019-20: Bonnie Leung
2018-19: Beth Burgess
2017-18: Regina Ball
2016-17: Christine Woskett
Outstanding Educator of the Year Award
The Outstanding Educator of the Year Award acknowledges the person who goes above and beyond the normal expectations of their job to make the learning environment fun, beneficial and challenging. An educator may be defined as a teacher, assistant, specialist, support staff, administrator or community member.
2022-23: Ann Nelson
2021-22: Cathy Webb
2020-21: Katie Frakes and Amy Lanum
2018-19: Kari Ferrin
2017-18: Alisha Poling
2016-17: JoAnne Neal
A number of other awards and recognitions are given to PTSA volunteers and those who support our children. There is no set limit or definition on the number or type of awards that may be given.
You Rock Award - McGinnes Ladd
You Rule Award - Diana Carrillo
'Grateful' for you - Katti Swanson
Totally 'Kiln' It - Thomas Bagnell
Rookie of the Year - Sarah De la Cruz
GOAT (Greatest of All Time) Award - Janine Sorenson
You Rock Award - Stephanie Hescock
GEM (Going the Extra Mile) - Malia Goodfellow
Top School Spirit - Josué González Azuara
Rookies of the Year - Evie Lasseter & Kirsten Baker
You Rock Award - Denise DeWalt
Kept the Ship Afloat - Craig Mott and Malia Goodfellow
Lemonade out of Lemons - All Twain staff
Rookie of the Year - Julie Arguez
You Rock Award - Beth Carrol
You Rule Award - Grace Ma
Rookie of the Year - Karolina Cox
Grill Master Award - Monty Lish
Sustainability - Shannon Harris and Sandy Vold
You Rock Award - Bonnie Leung
You Rule Award - Janine Sorenson
Rookie of the Year - Katti Swanson
Golden Paintbrush - Jeff Gerwin
Sunshine Award - Susana Rodriguez
GEM ("Going the extra mile") Award - Denise Dewalt
GEM ("Going the extra mile") Award- Angela Meekhof
Wild about Books Award –Cathy Schwartz and Heather Buchholz
You Rock Award —Richard Rundle
You Rule Award —Elizabeth Fortman
Rookie of the Year: Taylor Yoneyama
Wild About Books Award: Heather Buchholz & Cathy Schwartz
Dr. Seuss Award: Amy Lanum
Rookie of the Year - Brandi Trujillo
School Spirit Award - Huckleberry Bobcat
You Rule Award: Molly Honig
Every month, Twain PTSA honors our wonderful volunteers and all the great work they do throughout the year by recognizing a Volunteer of the Month.
Aug 2020: Richard Rundle
Sep 2020: Stephanie Hescock
Oct 2020: Lana Smith
Nov 2020: Grace Ma
Jan 2021: Katti Swanson
For the 2022-2023 school year, Twain PTSA was recognized for their service to the community with the following awards:
For the 2021-2022 school year, Twain PTSA was recognized for their service to the community with the following awards:
For the 2020-2021 school year, Twain PTSA was honored to be named Washington State PTA’s OUTSTANDING PTA OF THE YEAR. This is a testament to the outstanding support from our community, as well as hard work and dedication from our leadership and volunteers. Thank you to everyone for support Twain PTSA's mission and goals - we couldn't have done this without you!
For all of our efforts in serving the community, we also earned multiple awards for 2020-2021, including:
For the 2019-2020 school year:
100% Staff Membership
BRONZE Membership Growth
For the 2018-2019 school year:
GOLD Standards of Excellence