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Sawin Soul Work Award

About the Award

The Sawin Soul Work Award is an annual award given to a Lincoln Public Schools Administrator (non-principal) who has striven to support teaching and learning to create a world class school district.

The award was established in memory of Dr. Carroll Sawin, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel for LPS from 1963-1994 and his wife Marjorie Sawin former high school English educator and media specialist at Lincoln High School from 1957-60 and 1975-1994. Throughout their careers, Carroll and Marjorie were committed to leadership development and field innovations that helped educators and students become finer versions of themselves and thus, realize their "soul work."


Applying for the Award

Application Open: November 30, 2020–February 2, 2021
Award Amount: $1,000

Criteria: The Sawin Soul Work Award, named in Carroll's honor, is to be given to an LPS Administrator (non-principal) who strives to support teaching and learning to create a world class school district. Carroll Sawin believed that the work of the school district administration was "Soul Work."  He came to work every day leading with his heart and soul to make decisions that would best serve the educational needs of students. He understood that this was difficult work, and often took reflection, determination, compromise and keen listening skills.

Selection of the award recipient will be based on outstanding leadership or potential for leadership as determined by:

  • The administrator must have served LPS in some capacity for at least 5 years.

  • Must be a current LPS administrator.

  • Successfully lead initiatives that have improved the school district's ability to serve students.

  • Show commitment to personal and professional development.

  • Support the development of their teams.

  • Demonstrate advocacy for supporting ALL students who enroll in public schools.

  • Lead others to achieve their personal best. 

Nominating Process: Nominations may be submitted by any individual or group. Self-nominations are accepted.

Selection Process: A selection panel will consist of the following members: the Award’s funding source, Lincoln Public Schools, business leader, teacher, a past award recipient, Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools, and the City of Lincoln.



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