Women Education Leaders of Virginia Leadership Awards
The Outstanding Service to Education Award, established in 2012, is presented to a leader who has made a particularly significant and unusual contribution to education in Virginia and who has served as a role model and mentor to emerging female leaders.
Recipients: Sylvia Henderson, Principal, Albemarle County, Posthumously, 2012
Pat Wright, State Superintendent of Public Education 2014
Sarah Spruill Armstrong, Assistant Professor, Easter Mennonite University, Posthumously, 2017
Pam Moran, Superintendent, Albemarle County, 2018
Amy Griffin, Superintendent, Cumberland County, 2019
Laura McCullough, Executive Director, VASCD, 2020
Purpose of Award
This award is presented to a woman leader who is a highly accomplished and effective leader in Virginia and has a stellar record of educational service in Virginia. She has made an impact on education at the local, regional, state and/or national levels. She has served as a role model for
those who will follow as female leaders. Her service has resulted in the advancement of women in leadership.
Criteria for consideration
Deep impact on education
Service to the profession beyond normal job responsibilities.
Participation in WELV through membership and attendance at conferences
Commitment to the mission of WELV to promote women in all areas of education and to further the participation of women in higher levels of educational leadership.
WELV’s Award Program recognizes distinctive achievements by women leaders in Virginia public education. And our broad community of WELV supporters plays a crucial role in helping us to select deserving winners. Acting on nominations from the community, the WELV Board of Directors examines the full range of a potential winner’s accomplishments as they relate to and reflect the purpose of each award. Winners are celebrated at our Annual Conference in March.
Regional Woman Leader of the Year
Outstanding Service to Education Award
Rising Star Female Leader Award
Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award