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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

​2022 - Marissa Ramos-Santana and Jacob Wise​​

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

2020 - Harold Quarterman and Officer Lee Peck​

Eligibility

​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​

Timeline

September: Georgia RISE Award nomination window opens.

Early October: Nomination window closes.

Mid-October: Nomination review period. 

November 1: Georgia RISE Awards winners announced by the Governor's Office.

 Contact Information

​​Dawn Ashmore, Ed.S.

Director of Strategic Alignment
Dawn.Ashm​ore@doe.k12.ga.us


Arlecia Brooks

Excellence Recognitions Specialist
Arlecia.Brooks@doe.k12.ga.us 

 District Coordinators

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

 Nomination Form

​Nominations must be made by a district- or school-level employee.
The nomination window for the
2023 RISE Award will open in September.