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Top Teachers in Iowa

ANKENY, Iowa (March 1, 2019) - Two teachers from the Ankeny Community School District were among Iowa's 11 top teachers honored during a recent Outstanding Iowa Teachers recognition luncheon in Des Moines.


Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise, Governor Kim Reynolds, and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg recognized Northview Middle School teacher Kimberly Meller-Angus and East Elementary teacher Chris Mathews.


Meller-Angus is Iowa's History Teacher of the Year.  The Iowa Department of Education co-sponsors the “History Teacher of the Year” award for K-12 teachers who have at least three years of classroom teaching experience and can demonstrate a commitment to the teaching of American history in creative ways. Candidates may be nominated by friends, family, students, or colleagues.  


Mathews is a mathematics finalist for the Iowa Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  The two other mathematics finalists include: Natalie Franke, Brookview Elementary School, Waukee Community School District and Deborah Little, Denver Elementary School, Denver Community School District.  State award-winners have not yet been announced by a national selection committee.  The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.