TSPRA President Patti Pawlik-Perales presents the President's Award to members Julie Zwahr, Tamerah Ringo and Julie Thannum.
Not pictured is Angela Shelley.
At the 2014 Annual Conference, then-TSPRA President Patti Pawlik-Perales awarded the TSPRA President's Award to four members: Julie Zwahr of Little Elm ISD; Angela Shelley of Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD; Julie Thannum of Carroll ISD and Tamerah Ringo of Coppell ISD, in recognition of their service last year in the wake of the devastating tornado that struck Moore, Okla. on May 20 of 2013.
The four North Texas TSPRAns travelled to Moore to help relieve a team from OKSPRA who were helping the district get its message out in the wake of the storm. The group, with help and resources from members back in Texas, coordinated social media, crafted talking points, directed media inquiries and took pictures of the recovery efforts for the district to use. The award
TSPRA Past President Pascual Gonzalez created the President's Award in 2005 to recognize "service above and beyond anyone's expectations." The inaugural President's Award was awarded by to Major General Peter W. Chiarelli for helping to facilitate the first-ever cross-continental commencement ceremony, a live web stream for parents deployed in Iraq to watch their children graduate from Killeen High School near Fort Hood.