Superintendent Hottowe presented with Student Achievement Leadership Award

posted May 24, 2017, 3:51 PM by Joe Vajgrt


May 24, 2017

Superintendent Mark Hottowe was awarded the Student Achievement Leadership Award at a ceremony on Friday, May 19 at the Educational Service District (ESD) 112 in Vancouver. The award was given in recognition of Battle Ground Public Schools' innovative programs focused on improving student achievement. Hottowe, who is retiring at the end of June, was also presented with a Retirement Award. 

ESD 112 presented the regional awards on behalf of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) to honor and recognize outstanding educational administrators and community members who have made extraordinary contributions to K-12 education. 

"Unlike private or charter schools, our public schools welcome all students regardless of size, color, background, income or ability," said Mike Nerland, Chair of the WASA Awards for Region 112 and Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning at ESD 112. "For many children, public education is the only hope for creating a vibrant life and future success. We're proud to recognize and celebrate those who dedicate their time, talent, and attention to making our public schools the best they can be for our children." 

Throughout Superintendent Hottowe's 41 years in education, he repeatedly demonstrated a heart for vulnerable and under served youth. He spent his career helping to change school culture and climate through programs that reduce risk factors, build resiliency, and enable positive learning environments. He created the Social-Emotional Learning Department in Battle Ground and led the implementation of the Project AWARE grant, resulting in significantly decreased suspensions at the district's high schools. 

"While I believe strongly in the importance of curriculum, instruction, and learning, my core belief is that the social-emotional health and the physical health of students is paramount," said Hottowe. "We've had the opportunity over the years to do some truly remarkable things. This award belongs to the great people in our community who believe in our work and believe in the needs of students." 

At the event, Colleen O'Neal of the Battle Ground Education Foundation was also presented with the Community Leadership Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to education.