the Olympia School District logo, a line drawing of the capitol dome with the Letters O, S, and D at the base


School District

1113 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Office: (360) 596-6100

Congratulations to this year's Olympia School District Classified School Employees of the Year! Deborah Harbord-Ayers

The Olympia School District has named two employees as this year's Classified School Employees of the Year. This year's honorees are Barb Ensminger, a paraeducator at Roosevelt Elementary School, and Deborah Harbord-Ayers, a paraeducator at Olympia High School.

The two educators were selected for the award from among nearly two dozen employee names submitted by colleagues and the community during a two-week nomination process in September and October. 

Both Ensminger and Harbord-Ayers will be honored at the Olympia School Board meeting on Monday. January 9. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E. in Olympia.

Barb Ensminger

Superintendent Dick Cvitanich and School Board President Mark Campeau surprised Ensminger with the award during a recent school staff meeting. She has worked in the Olympia School District for 16 years.

Cvitanich also recently surprised Harbord-Ayers with the honor before a class of cheering students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) class. Harbord-Ayers started work in this district in 2007.

The award recognizes employees who consistently demonstrate outstanding work performance, professional leadership and collaboration.