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Iowa teachers receive 1997 Distinguished Teacher Awards from UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four Iowa teachers have been selected to receive
1997 Distinguished Teacher Awards from the University of Iowa for their
outstanding dedication to their students and their profession.
UI President Mary Sue Coleman will present each recipient with a $1,000
grant to buy equipment and materials for teaching when she visits the award-winners'
schools during the first half of 1998.
"The Distinguished Teacher Awards are our way of recognizing the
commitment of educators who are vitally important to the future of our
young people," Coleman said. "We don't often take the time to
let teachers know how much we appreciate and respect the work they do."
Recipients of the 1997 Iowa Distinguished Teacher Awards are:
-- Carol Ann Clayton, sixth-grade teacher, John Adams Middle School
in Mason City, Mason City Community School District;
-- Donna Dee Dwyer, kindergarten teacher, Clark Elementary School in
Sioux City, Sioux City Community School District;
-- Susan Marie Grabe, second-grade teacher, Prairie Crest Elementary
School in Cedar Rapids, College Community School District;
-- Barbara Jean Guss, English teacher, Wilton High School, Wilton Community
The UI has presented the Distinguished Teacher Awards annually since
The awards were established to honor teachers who have profoundly influenced
the lives of their students, particularly in the skills of critical reasoning
and clarity of expression. The awards emphasize the UI's commitment to
education and its recognition of the interdependence between K-12 and university
The awards are co-administered by the UI Office of the Provost and the
UI College of Education. Each elementary, junior high school and high school
in the state is invited to submit one nominee for the award each year.
Winners are chosen by a committee chaired by Steven R. Yussen, dean
of the UI College of Education. Other members are UI faculty and licensed
teachers and administrators.