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NSPRA Announces School Communicator of the Year Finalists

Author: NSPRA Staff/Wednesday, May 1, 2024/Categories: News

Last year, the National School Public Relations Association announced its new National School Communicator of the Year Award in partnership with Finalsite, designed to recognize the outstanding leadership and contributions of active, front-line school communicators.

Twenty-seven NSPRA members were nominated by their state/regional chapter for this national honor, which is being awarded for the first time in 2024. All nominees were first selected by their chapter as its Communicator of the Year (or similar award equivalent), a criteria of eligibility for the national award.

Congratulations to the following four nominees who have been selected as finalists for the national award, as identified by a blue-ribbon panel of judges.

Danielle Airey, APR
Chief Communications Officer
Peoria Unified School District, Phoenix, Ariz.
Nominated by: Arizona School
Public Relations Association
Jared Revlett 
Public Information Officer
Owensboro Public Schools, Owensboro, Ky.
Nominated by: Kentucky School
Public Relations Association
Dirk Tedmon
Executive Director of Marketing and Communications 
Eden Prairie Schools, Eden Prairie, Minn.
Nominated by: Minnesota School
Public Relations Association
Kelly Wachel, APR
Chief Communications Officer 
Park Hill School District, Kansas City, Mo. 
Nominated by: Missouri School
Public Relations Association

And, congratulations to the following school communicators who were submitted as nominees for the national award! ALL nominees will be invited to be recognized on stage at the General Session at the NSPRA 2024 National Seminar on Monday, July 15, in Bellevue, Wash. The national winner of the award will be announced live at that time.

Nicole Anderson
Marketing and Foundation Director
Columbus Public Schools, Columbus, Neb. 
Nominated by: Nebraska School Public Relations Association
 
Randy Barber
Chief Communications Officer
Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, Colo.
Nominated by: Colorado School Public Relations Association
 
Dane Baxa
Director of Community Relations
Goddard Public Schools, Goddard, Kans.
Nominated by: Kansas School Public Relations Association
Carol Birdsong
Executive Director of Communications
Williamson County Schools, Franklin, Tenn.
Nominated by: Tennessee School Public Relations Association
 
Kevin Christian, APR
Director of Public Relations
Marion County Public Schools, Ocala, Fla.
Nominated by: Sunshine State (Fla.) School Public Relations Association
Barbara Clymer
Communication Coordinator
Bethlehem Area School District, Bethlehem, Pa.
Nominated by: Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association
Heather Daniel
Director of Communications and Policy
Edison Township Public Schools, Edison, N.J.
Nominated by: New Jersey School Public Relations Association
Cassie Dietrich
Public Information Officer
Dublin City Schools, Dublin, Ohio
Nominated by: Ohio School Public Relations Association
Sundeep Dosanjh
Chief Communications and 
Community Engagement Officer
Rocklin Unified School District, Rocklin, Calif.
Nominated by: California School Public Relations Association
Johnathan Graves
Director of Communications
Greenwood School District 50, Greenwood, S.C.
Nominated by: South Carolina School Public Relations Association
Paul Griser
Assistant Public Relations Coordinator
CiTi BOCES, Mexico, N.Y.
Nominated by: New York School Public Relations Association 
Diana Gulotta
Director of Communications
Prince William County Public Schools, Manassas, Va.
Nominated by: Chesapeake School Public Relations Association
Susan Haynes
Communications Director
Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation, Mooresville, Ind.
Nominated by: Indiana School Public Relations Association
John Huddleston
Supervisor of Public Relations
Jefferson County Schools, Birmingham, Ala.
Nominated by: Alabama School Public Relations Association
 
Melissa Messinger
Chief Communications Officer
Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Evanston, Ill.
Nominated by: Illinois School Public Relations Association
Jessica Morgan
Director of Communications
Sunnyside School District, Sunnyside, Wash.
Nominated by: Washington School Public Relations Association
  
Micki O'Neil
Chief Communication Officer
Ingham Intermediate School District, Mason, Mich.
Nominated by: Michigan School Public Relations Association
Kayla Ralston 
Director of School and Community Relations 
Calhoun City Schools, Calhoun, Ga.
Nominated by: Georgia School Public Relations Association
Rochelle Santos 
Media and Communications Manager 
Framingham Public Schools, Framingham, Mass.
Nominated by: New England School Public Relations Association
Stacy Tapp, APR
Chief of Communication and Community Engagement 
Racine Unified School District, Racine, Wisc.
Nominated by: Wisconsin School Public Relations Association
Jackie Tisdell 
Public Information Officer 
Ascension Public Schools, Donaldsonville, La.
Nominated by: Louisiana School Public Relations Association
Athena Vadnais, APR
Director of Communications and Community Engagement 
Gresham-Barlow School District, Gresham, Ore.
Nominated by: Oregon School Public Relations Association
Chris Williams
Communication and Operations Director
Davis School District, Farmington, Utah
Nominated by: Utah School Public Relations Association

Join NSPRA in congratulating these school communication leaders on their well-earned nominations. And, be sure to join us at NSPRA 2024 where the winner of the first-ever National School Communicator of Year Award will be announced!

Read the press release of this announcement here.

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