NSBA president wins Bammy Award for school board leadership; David A. Pickler of Tennessee honored in D.C. ceremony


The Academy of Education Arts and Sciences presented David A. Pickler, President of the National School Board Association (NSBA), with a Bammy Award in the school board category.

The Bammy Awards were given out on Sept. 20 at an awards gala in Washington in key categories. For the school board category, Reggie Felton, NSBA’s Assistant Executive Director for Congressional Affair, presented the award.

This is the second year of the Bammy Awards. Last year, Pickler was also honored and received the Educator’s Voice Award.

NSBA’s Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel praised Pickler on the Bammy Award honor and for his dedication to public education and school board governance.

“David Pickler is a strong advocate for local school governance to advance our public education system for all children,” said Gentzel. “Receiving the Bammy Award in the school board category is well deserving for such a committed, effective, and respected school board leader.”

Pickler has served on Tennessee’s Shelby County Schools Board of Education since 1998. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee School Boards Association and served as its President in 2009. Pickler joined the NSBA Board of Directors in 2008 and was elected as NSBA’s Secretary-Treasurer in 2011 and President-Elect in 2012. Pickler is currently serving as NSBA President.

According to the organizers, “the Bammy Awards were created in response to the relentless national criticism of America’s public schools. The negative perception of public education has led to a decrease in public confidence, calls for reductions in financial support and intense scrutiny of educators, while all that is right in American education is largely ignored.”

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