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Alumna is nominated for Excellence in Education award

Courtesy of Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Deloris Ryan ‘74, fourth-grade teacher at South Tama Elementary has received her second Excellence in Education Award nomination. The Award Ceremony was held in November at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The Excellence in Education Award program is sponsored by the Iowa State Education Association. This year’s 50 finalist nominee recipients were chosen on the basis of applications sent in by parents, administrators and teaching peers.

Ryan was nominated by a parent.

“This award is truly about recognizing the educators who work hard on a daily basis and rarely get the recognition they so richly deserve,” said Tammy Wawro, president of the ISEA. “The nominations we receive are a testament to the dedication and compassion Iowa educators have for their students and the communities in which they live. Clearly Iowa educators go above and beyond to help shape and, in many cases, to help change the lives of the students they teach.”

The winner of the 2013 Excellence in Education Award is Heather Anderson, an elementary teacher from Cowles Elementary School in Des Moines. Anderson received a $1,000 check courtesy of the ISEA.

Ryan is in her 37th year of teaching. She received a bachelor’s degree from Upper Iowa University and has a master’s degree. She is a nationally board certified teacher and also serves as an adjunct professor for Buena Vista University at the Marshalltown Center. She has three grown daughters. She lives with her husband, Steve in LeGrand.

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