Outstanding Service to Education Award


Established in 2012, this award is presented to a leaderwho 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.


2012 Sylvia Henderson, Principal, Albemarle County (posthumously)

2014 Pat Wright, Virginia State Superintendent of Public Education

2017 Sarah Spurill Armstrong (posthumously)

2018 Pam Moran, Superintendent, Albemarle County

2019 Amy Griffin, Superintendent, Cumberland County


This award is presented to a woman leader who is 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.


  • Wide-reaching influence·
  • Deep impact on education·
  • Effective leadership·
  • Notable accomplishments·
  • 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.

Nomination Procedures: The nominator is to submit (1) a letter of nomination, referring specifically to stated criteria and citing examples, (2) a resume, and (3) two additional letters of recommendation from individuals who know well and can speak to the accomplishments of the nominee.

These materials are to be submitted electronically to the Executive Director (afogliani@aol.com) by February 1.

Selection Procedures: The Nominations Committee of the WELV Board will review completed nomination packets and make recommendations based on stated criteria, to the full WELV Board. The Board will make final decisions on the awards to be made at the upcoming Annual Conference.