A gold star at the top of a school paper is a powerful symbol to a student. But students are not the only people who can receive a star for a job well done. This year the R. J. McElroy Trust and KWWL Television will celebrate their twenty-seventh award ceremony which recognizes ten area teachers with the “Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching.” They will each receive a $1,000 cash award.
“Our goal is to affirm the importance of the teaching profession in our communities,” said Dr. Stacy Van Gorp, McElroy Trust Executive Director. “We achieve this by selecting and recognizing ten outstanding teachers in Black Hawk County.”
Nomination forms can be found online at www.GoldStarTeacher.com. Nominations must be postmarked by February 20, 2017. Nominated teachers will be notified and will have until March 20, 2017, to submit an application.
Eligible nominees must be employed as non-administrative staff, hold a current teaching certificate, and be teaching at a state certified pre-school, or an elementary, intermediate, or secondary school approved by the Iowa Department of Education and located in Black Hawk County, Iowa. Both full and part-time teachers are eligible and encouraged to apply.
“We wish to honor teachers who truly make a difference in the lives of their students,” said James B. Waterbury, trustee, R. J. McElroy Trust, “teachers who instill in their students a love of learning.”