WELV Board Announces Two New Awards:

WELV Mentor Award

This award is presented to an educational leader who served or serves as an inspirational mentor to women leaders and has consistently supported women for advancement throughout his/her career.

Criteria for Consideration

  • He/She has mentored multiple women who with the assistance of the mentorship became strong, successful educational
  • He/She consistently seeks ways to encourage women to take that next step or face with grace the next challenge.
  • He/She is recognized in Virginia as a mentor and there is evidence that he/she has taken positive steps to insure gender equity in educational leadership.

Regional Woman Leader of the Year

    This award is given to a woman leader in each of the eight Superintendents’ Regions.The recipient in each region is a leader who has led with impact on student learning and has promoted with passion and actions the mission of WELV. She motivates those around her to be the best they can be. She models generosity of spirit and encourages others to become involved with WELV.

    Criteria for Consideration

  • She is recognized as a bold and effective leader by colleagues and those she serves.
  • She is results oriented.
  • She exhibits admirable qualities of leadership and keeps “what is best for children” at the center of decisions and actions.
  • She exemplifies the spirit of WELV and has shared the inspiration of WELV with
  • She has taken actions to create a strong WELV network for leaders in

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.

2018 Award Recipients at WELV’s 19th Annual Conference presented on March 15, 2018

  • Leadership in Public Education Award - Dr. Steve Staples
    The first time this award has been presented, and the first
    time to a male colleague.

    Outstanding Service to Education Award - Dr. Pamela Moran

    Spirit Award - Dr. Yvonne Smith-Jones (center)

    (also pictured Elaine Fogliani, Margaret Blackmon, and Regina Turner)