Dr. Gene Sharratt is the recipient of the 2019 WASA Golden Gavel Award. Dr. Sharratt received the award at the summer conference of the Association of the Washington School Principals and the Washington Association of School Administrators, held in Spokane June 30-July 2, 2019.

Dr. Sharratt was praised for his contributions to public education during his distinguished 47-year career. Gene has served as teacher, principal, superintendent, Associate Professor led the Partnership for School Improvement, Washington Student Achievement Council and AESD/OSPI Network. Beyond his professional leadership, Gene has been a positive, inspirational role model for many who serve public education today. Gene’s legacy and impact on public education will carry on through the educational organizations he served – more importantly, through all the lives he touched through his mentorship.

“Dr. Sharratt is very deserving of the prestigious WASA Golden Gavel Award – the highest honor for this organization,” said ESD 112 Superintendent Tim Merlino, who submitted the nomination. “He’s had a tremendous impact on so many facets of education in our state and has inspired generations of students and educators,” he added.