2011 Gold Star Teachers Announced

By April 20, 2011 Newsroom

Black Hawk County Educators Awarded for Outstanding Teaching

WATERLOO, Iowa (April 21, 2011) – The area’s highest honor in education has been announced – awarding the 2011 Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching to area educators. Of the 1,392 nominations, 10 Black Hawk County educators have been selected for their excellence in teaching.

This year’s winners include: Diane Anderson, Hudson Middle School; Cynthia Bell, Don Bosco High School; Carolyn Braley, Waterloo West High School; Angela Chambers, Hansen Elementary School; Lynne Johnson, Blessed Sacrament School; Tom Laures, Union High School; Stephanie McCombs, Edison Elementary School; Phaedra Mobley, Lincoln Elementary School, Waterloo; Matthew Switzer, Union Middle School; Judy Timmins, Cedar Falls High School.

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 Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching ceremony will take place at 7:00 p.m. on May 24, 2011, at University of Northern Iowa Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Tickets are free and can be ordered by calling the McElroy Trust at 319-287-9102 or emailing intern@mcelroytrust.org.

About the Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching

The Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching is a teacher-recognition program for educators in Black Hawk County. The program’s mission is to honor and encourage excellence in teaching and inspire outstanding teachers to continue in the profession. The program first grew out of an idea to improve education in Black Hawk County by encouraging outstanding teachers. To date, the Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching has recognized more than 350 teachers in Northeast Iowa for their excellence in teaching. In 2011, the program launched its new website and updated campaign to reflect a more current appeal to today’s youth. For more information, see our Award section.

Developed in 1989 by the R.J. McElroy Trust and KWWL-TV, the Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching has rewarded the excellence of more than 350 teachers in northeast Iowa. Many of the recipients consider the Gold Star Award the highlight of their career.

About R.J. McElroy Trust

The R.J. McElroy Trust, along with KWWL-TV, founded the Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1989. The trust’s benefactor was R.J. “Mac” McElroy, a pioneer Iowa broadcaster. McElroy was best known for creating KWWL-TV and several other Iowa radio and television stations. Upon his death in 1965, a trust fund was established, the proceeds of which were to be used for the “educational benefit of deserving young people.” The R.J. McElroy Trust has funded a broad range of programs to support and educate young people in Northeast Iowa.

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