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Iowa Teacher of the Year Nominations Due April 25

Thousands of talented Iowa educators lead and inspire their students, but only one is chosen annually as the Iowa Teacher of the Year. The annual award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping to redefine education. Anyone can nominate a teacher who is making a difference.

The deadline to nominate the 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year is April 25. Nomination forms can be found on the Iowa Department of Education’s website.

The Teacher of the Year serves as an ambassador to education and as a liaison to primary and secondary schools, higher education, and organizations across the state.

Tamara Tjeerdsma, now assistant principal at Jordan Creek and Westridge elementary schools, was a finalist for the award in 2015. Valley Southwoods Freshman High School teacher Wade Petersen was a finalist for the award in 2016.

The 2017 Teacher of the Year will be announced this fall. The annual program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education through an appropriation from the Iowa Legislature.