And the Recipients of the 2012 Gold Star Teachers Are…

By April 18, 2012 Newsroom

2012 Gold Star Teachers Announced

Black Hawk County Educators Awarded for Outstanding Teaching

WATERLOO, Iowa (April 17, 2012) – The area’s highest honor in education has been announced – awarding the 2012 Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching to area educators. Of the more than 1700 nominations, 10 Black Hawk County educators have been selected for their excellence in teaching.

Laura Angove                         Talented and Gifted, Art                                         Hudson Community School

June Bahnsen                         Spanish Teacher                                                                        East High School

Shelly Bromwich                    Preschool Teacher                                                         Malcolm Price Lab School

Cheri Grell                               Social Studies Teacher                                                        Hoover Middle School

Kay Konrardy                          Health/Physical Education                                      Blessed Sacrament School

Carmen Nimmo                     English Teacher                                                                       Bunger Middle School

Shelley Schlatter                    Kindergarten Teacher                                            Southdale Elementary School

Mike Schmidt                          Mathematics Teacher                                                               Union Middle School

Kenton Swartley                   Physics Teacher                                                                    Cedar Falls High School

Kim Vandendriessche           Kindergarten Teacher                                                   St. Patrick Catholic 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 21, 2012, 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.

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 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, please visit www.GoldStarTeacher.com.

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 “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.