As part of the 48th Annual CASE Convention, CASE will be celebrating a few of its outstanding 2016-17 members, including our National and Departmental Award Winners. We hope you'll join us in celebrating them!


2017 CASPA Sandra Shreve Award

 ~ Vicki Thompson ~

  Vicki Thompson served as the president for the Colorado Association of School Personnel Administrators (CASPA) for the 2016-2017 year. She was awarded the 2017 CASPA Sandra Shreve Award in spring 2017. Vicki has served as the Executive Director of Human Resources for the Poudre School District since 2014. She has worked in district human resources for the last 10 years. Her career in education started back in 1998 as a high school business and marketing teacher. Thank you, Vicki, for all that you do for Colorado's students!  Join us in celebrating this outstanding human resources leader!

What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?
I think every leader needs to know how to best communicate with their stakeholders. District and school leaders work with multi-generational stakeholders everyday (employees, students, families, community members). Each generation has a different communication style and preferences. A leader cannot take the “one-size-fits-all” approach to communication. Print, audio, video, social media – they must combine all to disseminate information and engage stakeholders.


What are the most important decisions you make as a school or district leader?
Working in HR, I sometimes need to make decisions that can impact a person’s future career with the district and in education. I do not take that responsibility lightly. I always make sure the employee has had due process prior to making such a decision.


What books are you currently reading or have you recently finished?
Essential Guide to Workplace Investigations: A Step-By-Step Guide to Handling Employee Complaints & Problems. Yes, I am seriously reading this book before bed!

What is your favorite destination in Colorado?
Breckenridge – I use to live there and love the town and the people.


Nominees for this award will be accepted in spring 2017.


The Colorado Association of School Executives ( is the preeminent professional association for public school administrators in Colorado. The organization’s mission is to empower Colorado education leaders through advocacy, professional learning and networking to deliver on the promise of public education.

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