Ginger’s leadership, generosity and passion have left a lasting legacy on our College and community. From advancing early learning to strengthening teaching quality, she cared deeply about helping more young people reach their full creative potential.
Long-time civic leader and philanthropist Ginger Ackerley will be remembered for advancing education in the Puget Sound region and her efforts to ensure that all children enter school prepared to learn throughout their lives.
“Ginger and her husband, Barry, were tremendous champions for our students,” said Mia Tuan, dean of the University of Washington College of Education. “Ginger’s leadership, generosity and passion have left a lasting legacy on our College and community. From advancing early learning to strengthening teaching quality, she cared deeply about helping more young people reach their full creative potential.”
Those efforts include the creation of the College’s Ackerley Partner School Network in 2004 with a gift from the Ginger and Barry Ackerley Foundation. Since its founding, the Ackerley network has engaged school partners—including principals and teachers—in efforts to support and improve the UW’s teacher education programs while also responding to needs identified by partner schools.
The Ackerley network has grown to annually serve more than 250 teacher candidates placed in over 100 schools across Washington state, with a focus on supporting underserved students.
In 2012, Ginger Ackerley was honored with the UW College of Education Distinguished Service Award, bestowed upon individuals or organizations whose extraordinary contributions have significantly advanced the College’s core mission: To make an excellent education a daily reality for every child in every community.
“The College of Education community cherishes and celebrates the wonderful life of Ginger Ackerley,” Tuan said. “Her dedication to realizing the promise of public education in our state will inspire and fuel our work for generations to come.”
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