Congratulations to our 2021 Liberty Outstanding Educators! 

Each year the Liberty High School PTSA presents this award to individuals who go above and beyond the normal expectations of their job to make outstanding contributions to provide a quality, challenging, and beneficial learning environment, while recognizing that not all children learn in the same way. Nominations are submitted by Liberty parents, guardians or community members.

The Outstanding Educator Award is a Washington State PTA Award. It can be given to a teacher, specialist, paraeducator, support staff, or administrator. Each Award Recipient is presented with a plaque and pin, their name is engraved on a plaque in the Liberty Office, and a donation is made to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program in their name.

Before announcing this year’s recipients, the Liberty PTSA would like to thank ALL of our Liberty staff for their efforts during this challenging year. This year has not been easy, and we want express our appreciation for your commitment to our students’ education.

The Liberty High PTSA is pleased to announce the 2021 Outstanding Educator Award Winners and read excerpts from some of their actual nominations: 

Congratulations to Outstanding Educator…Ms. Vicki Kenney!

“Vicki has been instrumental in helping our students navigate the challenges of high school…whether it was by helping formulate a balanced schedule that suits their learning style, supporting their 504 needs, helping them navigate challenges with teachers or peers, or simply being a trusted adult to listen.”

“Vicki was so responsive to any question we had as parents, and was easy to reach and accessible. She has made a huge difference in the success of our two boys at Liberty High and we are extremely grateful.”

“Ms. Kenney was a literal lifesaver to our family. When my son was having mental health struggles, Vicki was one of the first people he reached out to and she went above and beyond to get him and our family the help we needed. She spent time not only talking to him, but to me (parent).”

“In a year that was anything but normal, Ms. Kenney cared about the mental health of the students.”

Thank you, Ms. Kenney, for your dedication to our Liberty students and Congratulations on your 2021 Outstanding Educator Award!

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Congratulations to Outstanding Educator…Ms. Hillary Cohen

“Hillary gave our son confidence, provided confidentiality and gained his trust. She was an additional support person, other than his parents, for our son to develop a plan to finish the year and pass his classes.”

“Hillary counseled my Liberty student and provided mental health resources and study habit suggestions to assist with online learning and the heavy homework load. Hillary made such a difference and encouraged confidence building so that my daughter could make it through the year and complete her classwork.”

“My daughter was really struggling at the beginning of the year in her classes, plus with depression and medical issues. Counseling sessions with Ms. Cohen have made a huge difference and have impacted our daughter in a positive way.”

“Hillary was instrumental in making a difference to our daughter’s outlook, management of stress, and ability to set goals for the future. We are so happy that she is looking forward to next year at Liberty. She is going to make it.”

“I did not know we had a teen health counselor from Swedish available for students to meet with until I saw Hillary’s mental health presentation at a PTSA meeting last year. Additionally, Hillary hosted virtual meetings for all parents in our district to provide families with solutions to address mental health concerns.”

Thank you Ms. Cohen, for your work with so many of our Liberty students and Congratulations on your 2021 Outstanding Educator Award!



Nominate a Liberty Staff Member for a 2021 Outstanding Educator Award!

Nominations due Friday, May 20th, 2022 at Midnight

The Outstanding Educator Award recognizes individuals who have gone beyond the normal expectations of their job to make outstanding contributions to enhance the education of children. An Outstanding Educator can be a teacher, specialist, assistant, support staff, custodian, bus driver, administrator or community member.

All award winners receive the award pin and a special certificate from the Washington State PTA. Their names will be engraved on a plaque in the Issaquah School District main office. The Council also contributes $50 in the winner’s name to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to selected high school students entering post-secondary education.


Click here for past Award Winners