2013 Gold Star Teachers Announced
Black Hawk County Educators Awarded for Outstanding Teaching
WATERLOO, Iowa (April 18, 2013) – The area’s highest honor in education has been announced – awarding the 2013 Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching to area educators. Of the more than 1300 nominations, 10 Black Hawk County educators have been selected for their excellence in teaching.
Renae Beneke, Science Teacher, Peet Junior High School
Michelle Droe, Music Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School
Jennifer Gates, Science Teacher, Union High School
Ryan Haynes, Music Teacher, Fred Becker Elementary School
Cristin Marshall, Third grade Teacher, Hansen Elementary School
Tricia Mayer, Math Teacher, Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta
Ronda Rathe, Second grade Teacher, Dunkerton Elementary School
Nicole Schrage, English Teacher, East High School
Linda Shapiro, English Teacher, Hudson Middle School
Jake Young-Kent, Literacy Teacher/Coach, Carver Academy
The program’s mission is to honor and encourage excellence in teaching and inspire outstanding teachers to continue in the profession. For their achievements, recipients will be recognized at an elaborate awards ceremony and awarded $1,000 in prize money.
The 2013 Gold Star Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 20 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on UNI’s Campus. The event will honor the 10 Gold Star Award recipients, past Gold Star recipients and ALL teachers in Black Hawk County. Tickets can be printed online by clicking on GS Tickets. Admission is free, but you will be asked to show a ticket at the door.