Teacher Awards

Excellence in Teaching: Mentorship Award

SWSF’s annual Excellence in Teaching: Mentorship Award recognizes teachers, principals and other school-based staff who exemplify the kind of commitment to children that creates exceptional results.

The award was established by Steve Shapiro, MD, and his wife, Debora Valis, for students in the community to acknowledge and honor the leadership, mentorship and inspiration of specific teachers who have unlocked the doors to the future for their children.

A commitment of $10,000 over three (3) years was made to establish the Endowment, with the hope that future gifts by interested community members will perpetuate the award and allow for additional honorees each year. Candidates for the award will be nominated annually by members of the senior class (may be from any campus in the district) and reviewed and selected by a committee established by the Board of Directors of the Foundation.


Extra Mile Award

SWSF’s annual Extra Mile Award was created by an anonymous donor, and recognizes extra efforts by a teacher. This award, with its accompanying $500 stipend, is presented to a teacher selected by the Foundation from nominations by his or her peers for efforts beyond the call of duty in the past year. Donations enable this award to be endowed for several years at this amount.


Mentorship Award Recipients

2013/14 Recipients of the Excellence in Teaching: Mentorship Award Kathy and Bruce Callahan (2013/14) The Mentorship Award, which acknowledges and honors current members of the South Whidbey School District Faculty who have had a lasting positive impact on members of this year’s graduating seniors, was awarded for the very first time to a pair of teachers who …

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Extra Mile Award Recipients

2013/14 Recipient of the Extra Mile Award: Louise Fiori  The Extra-Mile Award, which acknowledges and honors a current South Whidbey School District teacher for having gone the farthest in the service of the South Whidbey education community, went this year to  Louise Fiori, retiring math teacher at South Whidbey Academy.  Fiori was nominated by the entire staff at …

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