The 2018 Gold Star Awards for Outstanding Teaching, co-sponsored by the R.J. McElroy Trust and KWWL Television, have been announced and Union High School At-Risk Coordinator Lizzie Zondo is among the ten Black Hawk County recipients. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the award, developed in 1989 by the R.J. McElroy Trust and KWWL-TV, has recognized 300 teachers in Black Hawk County since its inception.

This year, more than 1,000 teachers in Black Hawk County were nominated by students, parents and other members of the Cedar Valley community. To be considered for the award, each nominee is required to complete an application and submit references. The Gold Star Award Committee then reviewed the nominations and applications, contacting references before selecting the ten award recipients.

In addition to the brief features of each teacher that will begin airing later this month on KWWL-TV, the 2018 class of Gold Star Teachers will be formally recognized at a ceremony on May 22 at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Tickets required to attend the program, which is free to the public and will begin at 7 PM, can be found online at