• Lawrence Schools Foundation Staff Awards
    Each year district teachers and staff are recognized through with various awards through the Lawrence Schools Foundation. Nominations from staff and the community are accepted for each of the first three awards. Learn more about each award, see previous winners and gather the nomination form by clicking on the link for each honor.

    Dedication to Education (Sons and daughters of Bobs)

    An award to a certified teacher or para-educator who goes the extra mile to help kids who need it most. The $5,000 award is typically presented in December.
     Leah Henry was the 2017 recipient of the Dedication to Education Award

    Educator of the Year (Golden Apple)

    Two awards given to a teacher or school administrator who has made outstanding contributions to our students. One award is provided at the elementary level and one at the secondary level. The awards are $1,500 each and are presented at the Foundation Follies in April.
    Kathy McCall won a Golden Apple Award      Nolan Henderson was a Golden Apple award recipient

    Excellence in Teaching (Bobs Award)

    A teaching honor created by community leaders who share the first name Bob. The award includes $10,000 and is typically presented in May. 
     Stu Strecker won the 2017 Bobs Award

    A.C.E. Award (Acknowledging Classified Employees)

    Recognizes and applauds classified employees whose efforts benefit students, faculty and staff, and others within and outside the USD 497 community. Two honorees selected in the fall and two in the spring.
    Shannon Jones with her husband, mother and brother.









    Barbara Hodgson Dream To Achieve Award 

    Presented to a New York Elementary teacher recognized by peers to possess great skill in the art of teaching and demonstrates the virtues the New York staff strives to instill in their students. Presented in the spring.
     Ziegler Family

    Allen Press Distinguished Teaching Award 

    This award is presented to a teacher at Lawrence High School based on nominations from the school's honor students. The award is presented at the school's annual Senior Recognition Ceremony in the spring.
    Allen Press Teacher of the Year honor at Lawrence High School