Nominations are being accepted for the 2022 Charles E. Lakin Outstanding Teacher awards.
The $10,000 awards are given yearly to excellent southwest Iowa public college lecturers and are funded by the Charles E. Lakin Foundation.
For the 14th yr, anybody can nominate a worthy teacher from a non-urban college inside a 40-mile radius of the late philanthropist Charles Lakin’s hometown of Emerson. Instructors in Council Bluffs and Lewis Central Community School Districts are usually not eligible.
Since 2008, 48 educators have been honored, and a complete of $500,000 has been awarded by the muse. In 2021, 220 nominations have been submitted, setting a brand new document for nominations obtained in a single yr. A panel of judges selects 4 winners — two elementary and two secondary — and the winners’ college districts obtain a further $2,500 award. Teachers might use their awards for something unrelated to high school.
“Charles Lakin grew up in Emerson,” mentioned Lolli Haws, govt director of Green Hills Area Education Agency. “He knew the importance of public school education — and more importantly, knew what made our schools great: the teachers. He wanted to recognize the efforts of instructors who inspire students to engage in school and engage in their work for students.”
Haws urged fellow employees members, dad and mom, neighborhood members and college students to appoint instructors by clicking the nomination hyperlink on the AEA web site at www.ghaea.org. The web site additionally features a listing of eligible college districts. The deadline for nominations is March 31.
Awards are stored secret till the Lakin Award ceremonies, that are held in May. Teachers have no idea prematurely that they’ve gained.
“The look on the faces of the teachers and the students of those teachers is priceless,” mentioned Haws. “People do not go into education for the dollars. An award like this says ‘we appreciate you’ with a big financial thank you as well.”
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