Congratulations to Sonja Reid, school nurse at Odle Middle School and Ardmore Elementary, who was named Washington State School Nurse of the Year by the School Nurses of Washington. 

Nominees were judged on the following criteria:

  • Facilitating normal development and positive student responses to nursing interventions.
  • Leadership in promoting health, safety and a healthy school environment, including legislative advocacy, research and program management.
  • Providing quality health care and intervening with actual and potential health problems in both students and staff members.
  • Using clinical judgment in providing case management services for students.
  • Actively collaborating with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning.

Bellevue School District employees, including current and former supervisors, executive directors, nurse peers, and educational staff she works with on a regular basis wrote letters supporting why they believed she should be selected.

“Ms. Reid has devoted her career to serving students with health conditions.  Her tremendous educational and background knowledge comes through in all her professional interactions,” said Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Heather Edlund.  “She has worked tirelessly to raise awareness, to share research, and to promote the understanding of students with Individual Healthcare Plans…she works with healthcare professionals outside the school district…to work toward (student) independence while also meeting unique and specific needs.”

In addition to working as the nurse at two BSD schools, Reid also manages the CPR/First Aid training program for BSD staff and is the nurse mentor for newly hired BSD nurses.  For eight years, Reid served at the Lead BSD nurse, representing the district in the Puget Sound Nurse Leaders group.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.