Each year awards are given at the WEA Awards Banquet to honor outstanding educators and WEA members. For more information, to request nomination forms, or to purchase tickets, please contact your building rep or get in touch with us at the WEA office.

The criteria for each award are listed below to help you decide if educators on your faculty are eligible and what is involved in nominating them for an award. The links to download and print the nomination forms are also listed under each award description. ALL NOMINEES FOR THESE AWARDS EXCEPT THE IMPROVEMENT TO EDUCATION AWARD MUST BE WEA MEMBERS. The WEA Office has the list of past recipients; as each educator can receive each award only once, please call and check if your nominee has received the award prior to submitting paperwork.

Dedicated Service Award
Candidates for this award must have been serving as a dedicated educator for 20 or more years. Licensed personnel working on the teachers' salary schedule are eligible to be nominated using the Dedicated Service Award form. Submission of a nomination does not guarantee that your candidate will receive an award, though there is no limit on the number of educators receiving this award every year.
Distinguished Performance Award
This award is given to licensed personnel who have done an outstanding and exemplary job in their field. Licensed personnel working on the teacher's salary schedule are eligible to be nominated for this award using the Distinguished Performance Award form. It is recommended that nominees have at least three or more years experience in Washoe County before their name is submitted for consideration. Submission of a nomination does not guarantee that your candidate will win an award, though there is no limit on the number of educators receiving this award every year. Winners of the Distinguished Performance Award may be eligible to be considered by the WEA Awards Committee as a candidate for the next year's Nevada Teacher of the Year Award.
Service to WEA Award
This award is designed to honor those individuals who receive little or no recognition for a job well done in service to teachers and to the Washoe Education Association. It is primarily for building reps who do an excellent job for the teachers they represent. However, other individuals who unselfishly serve teachers will be considered. Other potential candidates include Committee Members and Chairs, WEA Directors, and WEA Members who have gone above and beyond. There is no nomination form for this award; rather, we ask that you submit the information listed below. Submission of a nomination does not guarantee that your candidate will win an award, and this award will be conferred upon a maximum of three individuals per year. The following information must be submitted with your nomination, along with any other pertinent information:
  1. Personal Data
  2. School
  3. Grade level or subject area
  4. Number of years as a WEA Member
  5. Current WEA Position
  6. Other WEA Positions held
  7. A narrative documenting why the nominee is qualified for the award, including statements about the following:
    • Does the candidate report to you promptly about the business conducted at Rep Council meetings?
    • Is the candidate faithful in dispensing, explaining and collecting materials for the WEA?
    • Has the candidate missed no more than two regular meetings during the past year?
Improvement to Education Award
This annual award is presented to an individual, civic group, organization or firm that, while not employed by WCSD, is still contributing greatly to the quality of education and/or betterment of the lives of children in Washoe County. To be considered for the Improvement to Education Award, nominations must be made using the correct form. Submission of a nomination does not guarantee that your candidate will receive an award, and this award will only be conferred on one individual and one group each year. The following information must be submitted with your nomination, along with any other pertinent information:
  1. Name of person or group
  2. If a group, the name, address, and telephone number of the person directly in charge
  3. A description of the type of contribution the person or group has made (i.e. monetary, personal involvement, gifts, etc.)
  4. a narrative documenting why the candidate is deserving of the award, stressing how education and children have benefited from the contribution
Association Leadership Award
The purpose of this award is to honor a member of our Association who has distinguished him or herself through tireless effort, long hours, and creative labor, for the benefit of the teachers of Washoe County. To be eligible for this award, the individual must be an active member of WEA and hold, or have held, one or more of the following positions: Committee Chairperson, WEA Board of Directors member, or elected local or state office. Submission of a nomination does not guarantee that your candidate will receive an award. Only one person, or, in the case of a tie and at the discretion of the Awards Committee, two people are eligible for this award each year. The recipient of this award will not be announced until the presentation of the Award at the annual Awards Banquet. The following information must be submitted with your nomination, along with any other pertinent information:
  1. Personal data
  2. School
  3. Number of years in education
  4. Grade level and subject area
  5. Number of years as a WEA member
  6. Elective offices or positions held
  7. Number of years actively involved in Association work
  8. A narrative documenting the reasons why this person is qualified for this award
  9. Letters of commendation or other honors if possible
President's Award
This award is presented to the person the president feels has been the greatest asset to him or her in carrying out the duties of the office. As one of the most significant awards of the Association, the President's Award is given to symbolize the utmost appreciation of the President for services rendered, time committed, and sacrifices made on behalf of the Association, the membership, and the students of Washoe County. The recipient of this award is known only by the President and is not announced until the Awards Banquet.
Honoring of Retirees
The purpose of this award is to honor all the WEA members who are retiring at the close of the school year. If you are retiring, please notify the WEA Office so that we can honor you at the Awards Banquet. You will also receive to complimentary tickets to the event.