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 in her 24th year in the Shenandoah Community Schools, is being interviewed by radio KMA's news director Mike Peterson after she was named "Teacher of the Year" by her peers in the Shenandoah Education Association. Cindy Novinger read Fundermann's nomination, which included this line on what good teachers do: "She looks beyond the 3 R's to 3 C's -- critical thinking, creativity and collaboration."
Also at the reception, the foundation announced the winner of its latest round of $250 "mini-grants" for special projects proposed by teachers. Amy Bopp was the elementary recipient for a "stand to learn" desk. The middle school mini-grant went to science Instructor Dustin Comstock for an iPad to use in programming robots built by students. The high school mini-grant went to Kyam Kirkholm to help with expenses of taking students to the Iowa State Mock Trial Competition.
You can read more about the awards by going to the KMA radio story by news director Mike Peterson, by clicking here.
Keynote speaker for the event was Chuck Offenburger, a member of the board of directors of the education foundation. You can the KMA story about Offenburger's remarks, by clicking here.
Special education associate Marcia Armstrong was named "Staff Member of the Year," by the Shenandoah Support Staff Association, and one of her longtime students, Brian Larson, of Shenandoah, presented her with the award. Armstrong worked one-on-one with Larson as he went all the way through the school system and graduated.
Mike Waite, co-owner of LIttle Waite Lanes bowling alley with his wife Sarah Hillman Waite (right), thanks the crowd after they were named "Friends of Education" by the Shenandoah Education Association. The Waites provide the "home alleys" for the very successful Shenandoah High bowling teams, and they have been frequent contributors to school and Booster Club projects. At the left are Cindy Novinger and Tammie Stettler of the SEA.