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 Georgia RISE Award

Each year, the U.S. Department of Education awards the Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award to a full- or part-time classified school employee who provides exemplary service to students in pre-kindergarten through high school.

Georgia runs a state-level process, the Georgia RISE Award, to select its nominees. The two winners of this state-level recognition are nominated for the national award.

Georgia Winners

​20​​21 - Nadia Jones and A​nna Singleton​

2020 - Harold Quarterman and Officer Lee Peck​


​Employees in the following job categories are eligible for consideration for the Georgia RISE Award. These categories are set in statute for the national award:

  • ​Paraprofessional
  • Clerical and administrative services
  • Transportation services
  • Food and nutrition services
  • Custodial and maintenance services
  • Health and student services
  • Technical services
  • Skilled trades​


September 29: Superintendents and principals receive information on the 2022 Georgia RISE Award. Nomination window opens.

October 14: Nomination window closes.

October 16-24: Nomination review period. 

October 28: 2022 Georgia RISE Awards announced.

 Contact Information

​​Dawn Ashmore, Ed.S.

Director of Strategic Alignment

Arlecia Brooks

Excellence Recognitions Specialist 

 District Coordinators

​​​Are you a new district coordinator? ​Please complete the Excellence ​Recognition Programs Coordinator 
c​ontact form.​

 Nomination Form

​The nomination window for the
2022 RISE Award is September 29 to October 14. Nominations must be made by a district- or school-level employee.
2022 RISE Award Nomination Form