Dr. Amy Beth Cook receives 2021 Crystal Apple Award

The WSPRA Board is happy to award Lake Stevens School District Superintendent Dr. Amy Beth Cook the 2021 Crystal Apple Award.Dr. Cook

Dr. Cook has served in many capacities within public education, from kindergarten teacher to Speech Language Pathologist to Principal to Superintendent. In addition to her responsibilities in running a school district, she has also been actively involved with the Snohomish County Superintendent’s Group, and the Washington Association of School Administrators. She is part of the Public Health Advisory Committee with the Snohomish Health District and has worked in partnership with Western Washington University to teach a cohort of school administrators working toward their superintendent credentials.

Jayme Taylor, who nominated Dr. Cook for this award, notes that since she was hired by Dr. Cook in 2012, she has been continually mentored and encouraged along the way. Dr. Cook overwhelmingly supports Jayme’s collaboration with local, state and national peers, and was wholeheartedly supportive when Jayme served on the WSPRA Board. Dr. Cook sees the value in WSPRA and NSPRA membership and attendance at workshops and seminars, and has been a valuable resource as Jayme pursues her Accreditation in Public Relations.

Lake Stevens School Board President Mari Taylor says of Cook, “Until I experienced the leadership of Amy Beth Cook, I didn’t fully understand how a person could lead with her heart and still be courageous and powerful. As long as I have known Amy Beth she has held people and relationships at the center of every interaction. She maintains a clear-eyed focus on the education and well-being of students first and she understands that a core value of caring for and supporting our students is connected to supporting the adults who guide them.”

Says Board Member David Iseminger, “Dr. Amy Beth Cook is a steadfast champion of learning in our community. She is a generous, intelligent, kind, engaged and active member of our greater community—where she takes part in helping support education in many, many ways. As an LSSD employee as well as a Board Member of a local educational non-profit, I know that Dr. Cook is always willing to help solve problems and offer solutions to any obstacle (big OR small) that may arise. Her leadership has helped the Lake Stevens School District and community maintain the excellent reputation of being one of the very best in the state of Washington.”

Carrie Blankenship, President, Lake Stevens Education Foundation and Lake Stevens High School staff member says Amy Beth Cook is an outstanding leader whose commitment to students with special needs is only enhanced by her exceptional communication skills. She is a genuine and transparent communicator. This allows her care and concern for students to come through when navigating challenging situations with families.

Jayme closed out her nomination by saying “Dr. Cook leads by example and encourages me to be my best every day. Our students, our staff, our schools, our district and our community would not be what they are today without Amy Beth. She is truly worthy and deserving of this recognition.”

Congratulations, Dr. Cook!