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Iowa’s top teachers honored

Date: 
Friday, November 8, 2013
Flanked by Iowa Department of Education Bureau Chief Byron Darnall on the left and Director of Education Brad Buck on the right, the finalists and winner of the 2014 Teacher of the Year are, from left to right, Kristi Wickre, Kari Murray, Jane Schmidt (winner), Elaine Wolf and Aaron Maurer. Finalist Jon Parrott was unable to attend the Outstanding Iowa Teachers Recognition Luncheon in Altoona.

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

Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, and other leaders honored 12 finalists and winners of the following teaching awards at the Outstanding Iowa Teachers Recognition Luncheon in Altoona:

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

“I’m inspired by great teachers, and they will lead the way as we take our education system to the next level in Iowa,” Buck said.

The luncheon was hosted by the Iowa Department of Education and sponsored by CenturyLink, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

 

The Honorees

Iowa Teacher of the Year

  • Award-winner: Jane Schmidt, an eighth-grade literacy and language arts teacher at Maquoketa Middle School in Maquoketa
  • Finalists:
    • Aaron Maurer, a gifted education teacher and instructional coach at Bettendorf Middle School in Bettendorf
    • Kari Murray, a science teacher at Carlisle High School in Carlisle
    • Jon Parrott, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Urbandale Middle School in Urbandale
    • Kristi Wickre, a special education teacher at Smouse Opportunity School in Des Moines (Des Moines Public Schools)
    • Elaine Wolf, a culinary arts teacher at Central Campus in Des Moines (Des Moines Public Schools)

Iowa Preserve America History Teacher of the Year

  • Award-winner: Josh Culberson, a fourth-grade teacher at Lamoni Elementary School in Lamoni

Iowa Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching*

  • Math Finalists:
    • Allysen Lovstuen of Decorah High School in Decorah
    • Brian Reece of Central Academy in Des Moines (Des Moines Public Schools)
    • Jeff Marks of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines (Des Moines Public Schools)
  • Science Finalists:
    • Marcia Powell of West Delaware High School in Manchester
    • Shannon McLaughlin of Norwalk High School

*State award-winners have not yet been announced by a national selection committee.

Read more about these award-winners and finalists on the Iowa Department of Education’s website:

 

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 19, 2014 at 10:05am.