Outstanding Educators for the 2013 

Robert E. Yager Active Learning Award!

 

At The Iowa Children’s Museum, we believe in the Power of Play and in the positive impact of active learning on child development and education.  Research overwhelmingly asserts that students learn best when they actively participate in their own learning.  Many excellent educators in our community dedicate themselves to facilitating active learning in their classrooms, providing students opportunities to become engaged learners, innovative thinkers, and creative problem-solvers.  In recognition of this strength in our educational community, The Iowa Children’s Museum is honoring four outstanding local educators with the Robert E. Yager Active Learning Award. 


2013 Honorees selected for their outstanding contributions to active learning:


Jill and Jeff Dodds

Simple Abundance Childcare, Coralville

 
Dawn Scholtens
2nd grade teacher, Sunset Heights Elementary, Webster City


Jim Bezoni
5th/6th grade teacher, River Valley Elementary, Washta


Rachel DeMaris
5th/6th grade teacher, Willowwind, Iowa City 



SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO ALL 2013 NOMINEES:

Emily Mizer, Montessori Children’s Garden, North Liberty

Joy Lekwa, Director, Colonel’s Kids Preschool, Columbus Junction

Chris Cahalan, Kindergarten teacher, Harrison Elementary, Cedar Rapids

Pam Hubbard, Kindergarten teacher, Lincoln Elementary, Iowa City

Kayleen Miller, Kindergarten teacher, Weber Elementary, Iowa City

Paula Boback, Head Teacher, Prairie Green School, Cosgrove

Brooke Buxton, 1st grade teacher, Shimek Elementary, Iowa City

Nicole Early, 2nd grade teacher, Heritage Christian, North Liberty

Sara McGee, 2nd grade teacher, Schuler Elementary, Clive

Amanda Stahle, 3rd grade teacher, Lakeview Elementary, Solon

Julie Dohman, 4th grade teacher, Fort Madison Elementary, Fort Madison

Steve Sproule, 4th grade teacher, Shimek Elementary, Iowa City

Karen Royer, 4th grade teacher, Tipton Elementary, Tipton

Mike Wedge, High School science teacher, Sibley-Ocheyedan, Sibley

Exceptional Educator

Any local preschool or elementary educator who has made a significant contribution to student-centered active learning is eligible for the award.  Nominations can be submitted from parents, educators, administrators, students, and community members.  Nominations for the Robert E. Yager Active Learning award must be completed online and are due Sunday, September 29th, 2013. The honorees will be announced on October, 1st, 2013.  


The Robert E. Yager Active Learning Awards will be presented to the 2013 honorees at The Iowa Children’s Museum’s annual Celebrate Play! Gala on November 1st, 2013.  Please consider whether your nominee will be able to travel for the presentation in Coralville. Tickets are $100/person and available online at www.theicm.org


Each Active Learning Award (valued at $1,575) includes:

For the Award-Winning Educator

  • Four tickets to The Iowa Children's Museum's Celebrate Play! Gala

  • Award presentation at the event

  • Special recognition in the event program

  • Original "Active Learning" art print created by local artists

  • Free Museum Admission Passes for classroom students

  • One classroom field trip to The Iowa Children's Museum, additional bus funds available

  • $100 gift card to the Think Tank at The Iowa Children's Museum


For the Award-Winning Educator's School

  • Two family memberships to The Iowa Children's Museum

  • Ten family admission passes to The Iowa Children's Museum

 


Click here to read an article about The 2012 Robert E. Yager Active Learning Award!

Click here to read an article about The 2013 Robert E. Yager Active Learning Award!


2012 Honorees selected for their outstanding contributions to active learning:


Sarah Kalsem

Kindergarten teacher, Shimek Elem, ICCSD


Sherri Clemence

1st grade teacher, Penn Elementary, ICCSD


Connie Stusak

2nd grade teacher, Jackson Elementary, CRCSD


Ted Proctor

3rd/4th grade teacher, Horn Elementary, ICCSD