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Iowa's top teachers honored

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Front Row: Heather Anderson, Josie Burg, Karla Digmann, Tania Johnson, Jody Stone, Shelly Bromwich, Amber Davison
Back Row: Jason Glass, Carrie Clark, Zachry Christensen, Josh Steenhoek, Mason Kuhn, Matt Heston, Monte DeArmoun, Christine Green

Some of the state’s top teachers were honored for their service during an annual luncheon on Friday in Des Moines.

The Outstanding Iowa Teachers Recognition Luncheon honored 14 finalists and winners of the following education awards:

  • Iowa Teacher of the Year
  • Iowa Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
  • Iowa Preserve America History Teacher of the Year

“These teachers lead, encourage and inspire their students and fellow teachers,” Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass said. “They never stop learning, growing and trying to get better. I’m humbled and inspired by these outstanding teachers. We look to their leadership to help move our education system forward in Iowa.”   

The luncheon was hosted by the Iowa Department of Education and sponsored by CenturyLink, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The Honorees

Iowa Teacher of the Year

  • Winner: Tania Johnson, a teacher quality liaison and permanent substitute teacher in the Cedar Rapids Community School District
  • Finalists: Heather Anderson, who teaches grades 1-3 at Cowles Montessori School in Windsor Heights (Des Moines Public Schools); Christine Green, a seventh-grade science teacher at North Scott Junior High School in Eldridge; Matt Heston, a math teacher at Knoxville High School in Knoxville; Joshua Steenhoek, a fifth-grade math and science teacher at Jefferson Intermediate School in Pella

Iowa Preserve America History Teacher of the Year

  • Winner: Monte DeArmoun, a social studies teacher at Northwood-Kensett Junior-Senior High School in Northwood
  • Finalist: Amber Davison, a U.S. and World History teacher at Hoover High School in Des Moines

Iowa Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

  • Math Winner: Karla Digmann, a math teacher at George Washington Middle School in Dubuque
  • Math Finalists: Josie Burg, a math teacher at the Downtown School in Des Moines; Zachry Christensen, a math teacher at Perkins Academy in Des Moines; Carrie Clark, a math teacher at Gilbert Elementary School in Gilbert

     

  • Science Winner: Jody Stone, who teaches graduate and undergraduate education courses at the University of Northern Iowa. Previously, Jody was a chemistry and general science teacher at Northern University High School/Malcolm Price Laboratory School in Cedar Falls
  • Science Finalists: Shelly Bromwich, a field experience coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa who previously taught kindergarten at Northern University High School/Malcolm Price Laboratory School in Cedar Falls; Mason Kuhn, a fourth-grade teacher at Shell Rock Elementary School in Shell Rock

About the Awards

Iowa Teacher of the Year
The award, established in 1958, is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education through an appropriation from the Iowa Legislature. The award honors an Iowa teacher who motivates, challenges and inspires excellence; who is respected by students and peers; and who is an exceptional teacher helping to redefine American education. Honorees serve as ambassadors to education and act as liaisons to schools, higher education and organizations across the state.

Iowa Preserve America History Teacher of the Year
Since 2004, the award has recognized outstanding American history teachers who possess a strong commitment to teaching American history and exhibit creativity and imagination in the classroom.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
These awards represent the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities and leaders in improving mathematics and science education.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 17, 2014 at 6:53pm.