School Nurse of the Year

  • Jill Fagala, School Nurse of the YearCongratulations to Unionville Elementary School Nurse Jill Fagala, RN, BSN, NCSN, who was named the 2022-2023 UCPS School Nurse of the Year!

    Previous Recipients

    • 2021-2022: Carrie Bramlett
    • 2020-2021: Katrina Nash
    • 2019-2020: Ilene Jackowitz

Guidelines and Criteria

  • Purpose

    The purpose of the award is to honor the contributions of one UCPS school nurse who has demonstrated excellence in her/his school nursing practice.


    • The nominee must be a Registered Nurse.
    • The nominee must be currently practicing full time as a certified school nurse for Union County Public Schools.
    • Evidence of excellence in school nursing practice must be presented.
    • A school nurse may be nominated by a school nurse colleague, administrator, supervisor, teacher, parent, student, or other person affected by school nursing practice.
    • The nomination materials must be received on or before the specified date indicated on the nomination form.


    • The nomination form: Nominations for 2022-2023 have closed. 
    • Submit a completed nomination form by November 10, 2022.
    • The nominee must accept the nomination in writing.
    • A Portfolio Packet must be completed by the Nominee after they are nominated.
    • A committee will select the top three (3) nominees.
    • The same committee will conduct an interview with each nominee.

    Materials for a Nomination Must Include

    The School Nurse of the Year Award Nomination Form includes a brief narrative by the nominator summarizing the nominee’s accomplishments. Examples may include: 

    • Creative school program/ideas
    • Professional involvement/professional development
    • Political/legislative contributions
    • Community involvement
    • Optional: Supporting letter(s) of recommendation

    The School Nurse Supervisor shall convene the School Nurse of the Year Selection Committee to review the nomination materials and select the recipient using the above selection criteria.

    The School Nurse of the Year Selection Committee will notify the School Nurse Supervisor of the School Nurse of the Year selection.

    The School Nurse Supervisor shall contact the selected person and send a follow-up email of confirmation. The person who nominates the selected person shall be notified by email of the nominee selected and invited to attend the award service. The nominator will be asked to introduce the award winner.

    The School Nurse Supervisor will notify the other nominees by email and thank them for their participation.

    Presentation of the award shall be made in the Spring of 2023.