Iowa is home to thousands of great teachers who make a difference each and every day in our classrooms, and the deadline is fast approaching to recognize the state's top teacher for 2012.
The Iowa Teacher of the Year Award was established in 1958 and is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education. Nominations for the 2012 Teacher of the Year are due no later than 4:30 PM on Friday, April 1. The nomination form and additional information can be found here.
The award, which is made possible through an appropriation by the legislature, provides an opportunity to recognize an Iowa teacher who motivates, challenges, and inspires excellence; is respected by students and peers; is a dedicated professional who helps nurture hidden talents and abilities; is a creative, caring individual; takes teaching beyond textbooks and blackboards; and is an exceptional teacher helping to redefine American education.
Anyone - including school administrators, colleagues, students, parents, college faculty, and associations - is eligible to nominate teachers for the award. Winners are chosen by a committee that includes representatives of the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa State Education Association, the School Administrators of Iowa, the Parent Teachers Association, the Iowa Association of School Boards, and the past Iowa Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced in August.
The 2011 Teacher of the Year is Molly Boyle, who teaches 3rd grade at Brookview Elementary School in the Waukee School District. The 2010 Teacher of the Year was Sarah Brown Wessling, an English teacher at Johnston High School who went on to be recognized by President Obama as the National Teacher of the Year.