Announcing 2012 Awards Program for Teachers

By February 1, 2012 Newsroom

WATERLOO, IOWA (February 1, 2012) — A gold star at the top of a school paper is a powerful symbol to a student.  But students are not the only people who can receive a star for a job well done.  For the twenty-fourth year, the R. J. McElroy Trust and KWWL Television will award ten area teachers the “Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching.”  They will each receive a $1,000 cash award.

“Our goal is to affirm the importance of the teaching profession in our communities,” said Stacy Van Gorp, McElroy Trust Executive Director. “We achieve this by selecting and recognizing ten outstanding teachers in Black Hawk County.”

Gold Star brochures will be sent home with all students in Black Hawk County beginning Wednesday, February 1.  Nominations must be postmarked by March 1, 2012.  Nominations may also be submitted on-line at:  Nominated teachers will be notified and will have until March 23, 2012, to submit an application.

Eligible nominees must be employed as non-administrative staff, hold a current teaching certificate, and be teaching at a state certified pre-school, or an elementary, intermediate, or secondary school approved by the Iowa Department of Education and located in Black Hawk County, Iowa.

“We wish to honor teachers who truly make a difference in the lives of their students,” said James B. Waterbury, trustee, R. J. McElroy Trust, “teachers who instill in their students a love of learning.”

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

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.