Our foundation’s second $20,000 donor, Anne B. Gee, was an amazing educator who taught three generat

SHENANDOAH, Iowa – In her 35 years on the faculty at Shenandoah High School, Anne B. Gee taught at least two generations of students the job-guaranteeing skills of typing, shorthand, bookkeeping and general business. When a third generation came along late in her career, she introduced them to computers, too. To do all that, she had to be more than a great teacher. She had to be a life-long learner herself, and as one, she was a dandy. She grew up “prim & proper,” one daughter says, in a genteel Virginia family with colonial roots. She later learned farming from her husband Merris Gee. She learned business and education by being involved in both fields. She traveled to all 50 states and m

More than 160 attended reception when local education awards were made during American Education Wee

SHENANDOAH, Iowa -- More than 160 people turned out Wednesday evening, Nov. 15, at the Elks Lodge in Shenandoah IA to honor local educators during American Education Week. Our Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation for the first time this year shared in sponsoring & promoting the reception. The Shenandoah Education Association honored elementary teacher Phyllis Fundermann as "Teacher of the Year," the Shenandoah Support Staff Association named special education associate Marcia Armstrong as "Staff Member of the Year," and the SEA recognized Mike and Sarah Hillman Waite and their Little Waite Lanes bowling alley as this year's "Friends of Education." Phyllis Fundermann, a fourth grade teacher i

Business teacher Anne B. Gee loved education and loved Shenandoah, and a $20,000 donation from her e

SHENANDOAH, Iowa -- The late Anne B. Gee, who for decades was a business teacher and a farm & business manager, knew a good investment when she saw one. And thus her daughters are confident that their mother would be pleased that they've now contributed $20,000 from Anne's estate to the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation to help underwrite the future of the Shenandoah Community Schools. "Mom loved Shenandoah, and she loved her 35-year teaching career here," said daughter Jill Gee Polk, a 1974 SHS graduate now living in Redmond, Washington. She flew back to Shenandoah to make the announcement at an American Education Week reception that the education foundation helped sponsor on Wednesday,

Iowa's education director visits Shenandoah schools

SHENANDOAH, Iowa -- Ryan Wise, director of the Iowa Department of Education, visited Superintendent Kerri Nelson and the Shenandoah schools Nov. 7. As you see in this photo, Wise also spent time with the award-winning "STEM Ten80" racing team, a pre-engineering elective activity.

Foundation joins in sponsoring Nov. 15 reception honoring local education award winners. Public is i

This school year’s top local education awards will be presented at a free, public reception on Wednesday evening, Nov.15, at the Elks Lodge in Shenandoah. The event is being held as part of the celebration of American Education Week. Sponsorship is by the Shenandoah Education Association (SEA), the Shenandoah Support Staff Association (SSA+), and the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation. The SEA, continuing an honors tradition that stretches back decades, will be introducing its “Teacher of the Year” and “Friend of Education” award winners. The SSA+ will recognize a “Support Staff Member of the Year” for the first time ever. And the education foundation will present a $250 mini-grant to

Family of Isabel Spears gives foundation $20,000, our first large donation, designating it to help e

SHENANDOAH, Iowa, Sept. 22, 2017 –- The family of the late farmwife, mother, musician, artist and community leader Isabel Spears, who lived just south of Shenandoah, has given our Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation its first significantly large donation -- $20,000. ​ The family gift is announced by Roger Spears, of Durham, N.C., a 1972 Shenandoah High School graduate and recently retired architect, in memory of his mother Isabel McQueen Spears, who died in June, 2016, at the age of 97. ​ “My mother was profoundly insistent on the importance of education,” Roger said. “It didn’t matter to her what you pursued, as long as you gave it your best, but everybody who knew her realizes how much sh

The first day of school

​ SHENANDOAH, Iowa, September 12, 2017 – Hello, supporters of the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation! ​ I know it has been a while since I posted a column. I did not intend to take this long to send out a new message, but honestly I have been struggling on what to communicate to all of you. As of August 21, I knew what I wanted to visit about with you. This might at first appear to have nothing to do with our Foundation, but I believe it has everything to do with our Foundation. ​ On that Monday, Aug. 21, I had the privilege to address about 160 teachers, administrators, and support staff of Shenandoah Community Schools on their first day of school. ​ As I thought about what to say to th

It’s a marathon, not a sprint, as we build long-term financial support for our schools

SHENANDOAH, Iowa, June 12, 2017 – Hello to all supporters of the Shenandoah Schools! Welcome and thank you for spending some time looking around on our new website. I wasn’t exactly sure what to write in my first President’s Column, but I figured sharing from my heart would be a good way to start. ​ Let me start at the beginning. Our Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation officially began with our first meeting in March 2016 with 11 members recruited for our Board of Directors and our Shenandoah Schools Superintendent Kerri Nelson. It is an honor and privilege to serve with these great people. ​ We all have one common goal and that is to enhance the educational experiences for our administrato

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