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Congratulations! Four WDMCS Educators Receive Recognition

Four WDMCS Educators have received recent recognition for their efforts in helping students succeed.

Dr. Kristine Milburn, PD/CF for Gifted/Talented Programming, was one of two 2015 Research Award winners through the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association (ITAG). She presented her research on “Supporting High-Achieving High School Students Who Take Rigorous Course Loads” during the 2015 ITAG conference in October.

Dr. Milburn investigated the socioemotional impact on students taking four or more AP courses concurrently. High-achieving high school students often struggle to balance academic, extra-curricular, job, and family duties. Her research offered recommendations for students, parents, and high school personnel that could help students find balance.

Crossroads Park Elementary fifth-grade teacher Lynda Niffenegger was named Teacher of the Year by Living History Farms. Niffenegger was honored at the 2015 Farmtasia event in October.

“Lynda Niffenegger brings history to life from the moment you step foot in her classroom,” wrote Lindsey Frandsen, Niffenegger’s daughter and colleague, in her nomination letter. “Lynda takes the role of teaching students the history of our country very seriously.”

Stilwell drama teacher Nicole Crawford earned WHO-HD’s Golden Apple Award, given to one teacher each month during the school year. She was nominated by her 2014-15 drama students. “Mrs. Crawford inspires every student that goes into her class,” the nomination read. “She is kind and helpful. She always expects the best from us so that we can achieve great things in life, whether it’s on or off of the stage. … The way she impacts kids’ lives is unbelievable and inspirational.”

Wade Petersen, a Valley Southwoods language arts and French teacher, was named a finalist for the Iowa Department of Education’s 2016 Teacher of the Year award. Look for more information when Petersen, the other finalists, and the award winner are honored at a luncheon next year.

Congratulations to these WDMCS educators!