Each year, the U.S. Department of Education awards the Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award to a full- or part-time classified school employee who provides exemplary service to students in pre-kindergarten through high school.
Georgia runs a state-level process, the Georgia RISE Award, to select its nominees. The two winners of this state-level recognition are nominated for the national award.
2022 - Marissa Ramos-Santana and Jacob Wise
2021 - Nadia Jones and Anna Singleton
2020 - Harold Quarterman and Officer Lee Peck
Employees in the following job categories are eligible for consideration for the Georgia RISE Award. These categories are set in statute for the national award:
- Clerical and administrative services
- Transportation services
- Food and nutrition services
- Custodial and maintenance services
- Health and student services
- Technical services
- Skilled trades
September: Georgia RISE Award nomination window opens.
Early October: Nomination window closes.
Mid-October: Nomination review period.
November 1: Georgia RISE Awards winners announced by the Governor's Office.