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Our Awards

There are too many great members doing terrific work without enough recognition. This is our chance to give them the credit they’re due!

We are looking for great members! They are awarded annually and presented at NSEA’s Delegate Assembly. Please help us share information about these important awards. NSEA invites anyone to nominate NSEA members and leaders for the following awards:

Against All Odds Award

This award is for those individuals who have taken a stand at personal or professional risk to themselves on behalf of NSEA and the education profession.

Bernard J. Anderson Dedicated Educator Award

This award recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated at least twenty (20) years of dedicated service in the field of education overall.  Candidates must be NSEA members but do not necessarily have to have demonstrated on-going service only.

Distinguished Service Award

This award is reserved for those members who have served a consecutive period of no less than fifteen (15) years as an elected or appointed leader in NSEA and/or one of its local affiliates.

Education Support Professional of the Year

The NSEA Education Support Professional of the Year Award recognizes the contributions of Education Support Professionals to their schools, communities, and their profession. The award is presented to a member of the NSEA who demonstrates outstanding accomplishments and reflects the contributions of ESPs to public education.

Friend of Education Award

With this award, NSEA recognizes any individual, organization, or business which has demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence in education in the state of Nevada.

Gary A. Gray Government Relations Award

The recipient of this award must have an exemplary record of service in the areas of political action and government relations.  Candidates for this award must have a demonstrated record of effective involvement which spans a minimum of three consecutive elections or legislative sessions in one of these roles: (1) TIP Coordinators for NSEA-TIP and/or locally-endorsed candidates; (2) legislative advocates; or (3) a release-time lobbyist, who may be nominated after one session.

Isaac Perez Outstanding Educator Award

This award is given each year to honor current outstanding members who go above and beyond the call of duty in helping the youth of the local community.

Sue Strand Outstanding Achievement Award

This award recognizes Association members who have an outstanding record of achievement promoting the goals of the Nevada State Education Association at either the local, state, or national level. 

Marian Conrad Retired Educator Award

This award recognizes an NSEA-Retired member having an outstanding record of achievement in promoting the goals of the NSEA-Retired at the local, state, or national level.

Val Arredondo Member Rights Award

The recipient of this award must have an outstanding record of promoting and protecting member rights.  Nominees must have represented education employees threatened with disciplinary action or dismissal, or have participated in the grievance process.

NSEA Organizing Award

This award is for those members who have dedicated a significant amount of time to activities that increase the strength of their local association and NSEA 


To nominate someone for one of these awards, you must complete the following:

  • Must submit a single, completed NSEA Award Application Form (one form per nominee). Attach a narrative statement explaining why the nominee should receive the NSEA Award indicated.  Refer to the appropriate award description in preparing your statement – reasons must be consistent with award criteria.

  • In addition to the narrative statement, attach three letters of recommendation from any appropriate source (i.e., fellow members, parents, administrators, etc.)

  • Attach any additional documents which may assist the NSEA Awards Committee in making its selection (newspaper clippings, letters, project summaries, etc.)

  • Applications and attachments will NOT be returned.

  • Mail or fax applications and attachments by (DATE NEEDED), to:

                 NSEA
                 ATTN: Awards Committee
                 3511 E. Harmon Avenue
                 Las Vegas, NV  89121
                 FAX:  (702) 733-6004 

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