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Iowa’s top teachers honored at annual luncheon

Date: 
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ten of the state’s top teachers were honored by Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Department of Education leaders for their service during an annual luncheon on Thursday in Des Moines. Visit our photo gallery.

“The teachers being recognized today exemplify the talent, determination and dedication that teachers across Iowa bring to their classrooms every day,” Branstad said at the Outstanding Iowa Teachers Recognition Luncheon.
 
The luncheon recognized finalists and winners of the Iowa Teacher of the Year award,  the Iowa Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and the State History Teacher of the Year award.

Shelly Vroegh, the 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year, gave the keynote speech.

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

See photos from the 2017 Outstanding Iowa Teachers Recognition Luncheon

2017 Outstanding Iowa Teachers Recognition Luncheon

The Honorees

Iowa Teacher of the Year

  • Award-winner: Shelly Vroegh, a fifth-grade teacher and instructional coach at Lakewood Elementary School in the Norwalk Community School District
  • Finalists:
    • Kristie Kuhse, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School in the Waverly-Shell Rock Community School District
    • Amanda Schiller, a science teacher at Van Buren Middle School in the Van Buren Community School District
    • Laura Tracy, a kindergarten teacher at North Butler Elementary School in the North Butler Community School District
    • Andrew Troxel, a technology integrationist and former social studies teacher at Fort Madison Senior High School in the Fort Madison Community School District

Iowa Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching*

  • Math Finalists:
    • Zac Christensen, a second-grade teacher at Perkins Elementary School in the Des Moines Public Schools
    • Natalie Franke, a second-grade teacher at Brookview Elementary School in the Waukee Community School District
  • Science Finalists:
    • Lisa Chizek, a fifth- and sixth-grade science teacher at North Tama Elementary School in the North Tama County Community School District
    • Ashley Flatebo, an instructional coach at Jefferson Elementary School in the Mason City Community School District

State History Teacher of the Year

  • Award-winner: James Heithoff, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Winterset Junior High in the Winterset Community School District

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

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.

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.

State History Teacher of the Year

The History Teacher of the Year program is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers and students nationwide. Its programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 20, 2018 at 10:41am.