Selection Committee

 2020 Selection Committee

Ben Olsen, Cedar Falls Schools Extended Learning Program Teacher; 2010 Gold Star Recipient

Emily Hanson, Waterloo Community Schools Foundation; former Gold Star Intern

Louis Beck, 2016 Gold Star Recipient, Union High School

Irenea Walker, University of Northern Iowa

John Huff, KWWL

Regina Weekley, Waterloo Schools

Kathy Flynn, Trustee, Retired from Hawkeye Community College

Melissa Reade, Grow Cedar Valley

Sarah Smith, Cedar Valley Catholic Schools

Soo Greiman, Retired Executive Director of the Guernsey Foundation

Tristen Prouse, Student Representative; Union High School; Teen Trust

Jake Schaefer, Young Arena

Kyle Skoumal, Gold Star Intern (non-voting committee facilitator)

2019 Selection Committee

Cary Darrah, Grow Cedar Valley

Ben Olson, Cedar Falls Schools Extended Learning Program Teacher; 2010 Gold Star Recipient

Amy Lockhart, 2009 Gold Star Recipient, University of Northern Iowa

Christy Twait, parent from Hudson Community School District

Madelyn Ridgeway, Waterloo Schools, Waterloo Life Lab

Jerry Gallagher, Donovan Group; formerly KWWL

Jake Schaefer, Young Arena

Emily Hanson, Waterloo Community Schools Foundation; former Gold Star Intern

Claire Suarez, Gold Star Intern (non-voting committee facilitator)

Sally Hollis, Trustee; Lanhaven Farms

Irenea Walker, University of Northern Iowa

Louis Beck, 2016 Gold Star Recipient, Union High School (not pictured) 

2018 Selection Committee

The 2018 Gold Star Committee received 158 applications from nominated teachers. These community members read every application in order to select the 10 award recipients. The work of our wonderful committee and their continuous support of the Gold Star Award program is greatly appreciated.

Louis Beck, 2016 Gold Star Recipient, Union High School

Kathy Flynn, Hawkeye Community College; R.J. McElroy Trustee

Jim Brown,  Cedar Falls Mayor

Jerry Gallagher, Donovan Group; formerly KWWL

Christy Twait, parent from Hudson Community School District

Gaëtane Jean-Marie, University of Northern Iowa College of Education Dean and Richard O. Jacobson Endowed Chair of Leadership in Education

Madelyn Ridgeway, Self-Employed Event Planner

Shelby Yates, Gold Star Intern (non-voting committee facilitator)

Emily Hanson, Waterloo Community Schools Foundation; former Gold Star Intern

Dominiqua Watts, UNI Minority Educators for Today and Tomorrow (UMETT)

Carol Luce, Cedar Valley Catholic Schools

Luke Wagner, 2009 Gold Star Recipient, Southdale Elementary

Amy Lockhart, 2009 Gold Star Recipient, University of Northern Iowa