The Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists (MASFPS) announced that Peter Spadafore will receive an award for his service and leadership in advocating for Michigan children.

Spadafore, the associate executive director for advocacy & communications at MASA, was selected by the MASFPS Board of Directors to receive the Roberta Stanley Legislative Award. The award recognizes a current sitting legislator (state or federal) or someone who advocates for the state’s children to the Legislature.

“Peter is totally focused on service and leadership with MASA members, and he is so deserving of this award,” said MASA Executive Director Chris Wigent. “He is very well-known and respected in the Lansing political scene and demonstrates a high level of credibility and influence as he advocates strongly for public education.”

Each year, MASFPS gives out four awards to leaders across the state who provide service and leadership in supporting the educational needs of Michigan Families and children, birth to grade 12.

Kristi Teall, former superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools and current MASFPS member, nominated Spadafore, saying he deserves the award for being an advocate for superintendents and for students.

“Peter has done a fantastic job in keeping us up to date with what is going on in Lansing. He is our voice to help the students of Michigan and is well received,” Teall said.

The requirements to receive this award include:

  • Currently or past elected Legislator or person currently working with congressional delegations advocating for at-risk children
  • Demonstrated leadership in supporting positive legislation for Michigan’s at-risk students
  • Nominated by a current MASFPS member and presented to the Executive Committee for consideration
  • Final selection of the recipient is the responsibility of the Board of Directors at the regular June Board meeting, with the announcement of the winner at the Annual Board Meeting, also in June.

Spadafore joined the team at MASA in 2017. Formerly, he served as the Vice President of the Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities. His previous experience includes serving as the legislative director for Lansing lobbying firm Acuitas, assistant director of government relations for the Michigan Association of School Boards, and associate director of the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association. He also has served on the Lansing School Board and the Lansing City Council.

Spadafore will receive the award at the 2019 MASFPS Fall Institute in October. 

The other award recipients for this year include:

  • Linda Brown Lifetime Achievement Award, Willye Pigott, Jackson Public Schools
  • Annual Educator Award, Dr. Grace Velchansky, Macomb ISD
  • Annual Exhibitor Award, Laureen Bowman, Rosen Classroom and Scholastic Publishing


About MASA

The Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators (MASA) provides “just-in-time” technical, personal and legal services to our members, in addition to government relations services, print and digital publications, and professional development opportunities targeted especially for Michigan’s top-level school leaders. MASA serves public school leaders in nearly 600 public school districts and intermediate school districts across the state, helping the leaders of Michigan’s most important public institutions get better results for our more than 1.5 million students.


The Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists (MASFPS) exists to organize, unify, and nourish an alliance of individuals and organizations concerned with Compensatory Education. Founded November 3, 1969, MASFPS facilitates conversation and collaboration among member organizations and government partners. The organizations is active in the development and enactment of State and Federal legislation affecting education and strive to enhance the professional competence of education professionals.