Our View | Gold Star Teacher/ Lions Cub | Nominate your teacher for top local honors

As the second semester launches into full gear, teachers are working harder than ever to educate and provide inspiration for their students. If you feel like a particular teacher has gone above and beyond, you should consider nominating them for these awards. 

Nominations are open for local awards: the Gold Star Teacher and the Lion’s Club Oustanding Educator of the Year.

The 2020 Gold Star Awards for Outstanding Teaching is a program honoring 10 outstanding teachers in Black Hawk County every year.

Eligible nominees must teach in Black Hawk County schools as full or part-time non-administrative staff. They must teach at preschools, elementary, intermediate or high schools certified by the Iowa Department of Education.

Gold Star teachers are chosen by the Gold Star Awards committee from all nominations and teacher applications. Each winner receives a $1,000 cash award and a $500 classroom grant. This year’s awards will be presented at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on May 19.

Nomination forms are available online at www.goldstarteacher.com. Anyone may submit nominations. The nomination deadline is Feb. 20. Nominees will be notified and have until March 23 to apply.

If students feel especially strong about the work of a particular teacher, they should also investigate into nominating this teacher for the Cedar Falls Lion’s Club Exceptional Educator Award. 

A candidate for this award must be a full-time practicing pre-K-12 teacher or administrator in the Cedar Falls Community School District, Valley Lutheran School or St. Patrick Catholic School. If you are an administrator, staff member, student, parent or community member who knows such an educator, you are invited to submit a nomination. Educators may not nominate themselves. The recipient of this award will receive $500 and a plaque recognizing him/her as the Cedar Falls Lions Club Outstanding Educator of the Year. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 1.

 It’s important that students take a moment to appreciate the hard work that their teachers put in. Educators truly hold the ability to change their students’ lives, and their work should be rewarded. Make sure to submit a nomination for either of these awards soon. 

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