Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

September 27, 2010

Spokane Teacher Presented MESA’s 2010 Mona Bailey Leadership Award

Jamie Smith of Sacajawea Middle School and the Spokane MESA Center was the recipient of the 2010 Mona Bailey Teacher Leadership Award. The award, sponsored by Washington MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement), was presented to Smith by Bailey at the MESA Board of Directors Luncheon on Sat., Sept. 11, at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories in Richland, Wash.

The Mona Bailey Teacher Leadership Award was established in 2004 to recognize teacher leadership in mathematics, engineering or science.  Applicants are evaluated on their leadership and dedication to K-12 students who are underrepresented in science and math, including African American, Native American, Latino, and female students. The award honors Bailey’s lifetime of dedication to education in Washington state where she has served in many capacities, including as assistant state superintendent of public instruction with Superintendent Frank Brouillett.

Washington MESA, housed in the UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D), brings resources into K-12 schools to close the academic achievement gap and build a pathway to college and careers in engineering and science.  MESA provides enriching opportunities and innovative instructional approaches that align with Washington state and national academic standards.