2014 IAAE Award Recipients
Congratulations to the following recipients of IAAE Awards:
Newcomer of the Year: Chris Oberhoffer, Assistant Principal of Alternative Programming for Dubuque Community Schools. Chris has engaged students, staff, parents, the district and community to support alternative students and meet their individual needs. Described as a great instructional leader, facilitator of student needs, and mentor, he has worked to build a culture of collaboration and high standards for the programs in Dubuque.
Educator of the Year: Sandy Hamilton of the Vinton-Shellsburg school district. All the nomination letters to support this person spoke of her unwavering dedication to student success, her creativity in finding options for students, and her positive energy. Sandy has taken on leadership roles and contributed to the implementation of programming that fills the needs she sees, including a mentoring program.
- Dawn Shattuck, Rockefeller High School at Northeast Community College. Dawn has devoted 18 years to alternative education, not only devoting time and energy to her students but contributing alternative education in the state. She co-founded NEAT (Northeast Alternative School Teachers) to build a local venue for collaboration, has been actively involved in the STARS Celebration and was coordinator and publisher of the Mandala, a collection of writings and art by alternative students.
- Don Betts, Director of Carrie Lane High School in Charles City. Don is an inspiration to his students and advocate for alternative education with his passion for reaching kids that don’t fit the traditional mold. Don has been involved with NEAT, STARS Celebrations, has co-edited the Mandala, organized Small Wonders conferences, and been an inspiration to many others in the field.
- Rachelle Brown, Expo Alternative Learning Center, Waterloo. Rachelle has been a tireless advocate for alternative education who has shown resilience over the years with her “can do” attitude. She is a leader in the state whose contributions permeate the journals of politicians and business people, and linger in the hearts and minds of her students and co-workers. She has continuously spoken out and extended her influence to establish some understanding about why an alternative need to be something different from traditional education programming. She has organized Alternative Education Legislative Day, served the IAAE board of directors in every capacity and taken on the role of treasurer for years.
IAAE Hall of Fame: Steve Peters, Scavo Alternative School, Des Moines. Steve has devoted his career to working with alternative students and being a leader in what alternative education is and needs to continue to be. His longevity and unwavering support for the core principles of alternative education as well as his service to alternative education qualify him for this honor. He serves as a model of how an alternative school educator works successfully with a very diverse and challenging student population. He has served on the Board of Directors, planning many IAAE activities, has been an integral player in planning of events such as Risky Business, Legislative Day, and the IAAE Spring Conference. His innovative spirit is evidenced by his being among the first alternative school educators to use technology in the form of “Iowa Learning Online” classes. He has provided invaluable wisdom, leadership and, support over the years.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented annually to alternative educators who have made a major contribution to the area of alternative education during their professional career. The award will honor individuals who have spent a minimum of 15 years in education as an alternative education professional. A teacher, counselor, supervisor, administrator, or any alternative educator that has met the above criteria may be nominated. The nominated individual's contribution could include, but is not limited to , any of the following: improved services for students through innovative and creative thinking, advising, and counseling methods, administrative leadership and consistent work that has demonstrated improvements in alternative programming.
Hall of Fame Award
Eligibility: Outstanding Alternative Educators will be inducted into the Iowa Alternative Education Hall of Fame annually. Inductees must have made a major contribution to the area of alternative education during their professional career, provided leadership, vision and momentum toward excellence in the field of Alternative Education. A teacher, counselor, supervisor, administrator, or any educator that has met the aforementioned criteria may be inducted into the Iowa Association of Alternative School's Hall of Fame. The nominated individual's contribution could include, but is not limited to, any of the following: improved services through innovation, consistent work that has demonstrated improvements in alternative programs, contributing to the body of knowledge through research and/or publication of books, articles and or journals that raises the level of professionalism within the field, refining existing programs to a higher level, or an engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues, and the community.
Newcomer of the Year
The Newcomer of the Year is presented annually to an alternative educator who has less than five years of alternative education experience. The award may be presented to a teacher, supervisor, administrator, or counselor who is currently employed in an alternative education setting. This award will honor a person who is enthusiastic about alternative education, promotes a positive atmosphere in the school setting, and is an advocate for students.
Educator of the Year
The Educator of the Year is presented annually to the alternative educator who is making a significant contribution to alternative education in Iowa. This award will honor one individual each year who is making an outstanding contribution to his/her students, school and community. Any alternative education teacher, supervisor, administrator, or counselor may be nominated.