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Record nominations for 2012 R.J. McElroy Trust Gold Star teacher awards


It's an all-time record.

The R.J. McElroy Trust, sponsor of the annual Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching, says it's received a record number of teacher nominations.

R. J. McElroy Trust Executive Director, Stacy Van Gorp, says 1,719 nominations for 581 Black Hawk County teachers came to the McElroy Trust during the month of February. That surpassed the old record by more than 327 nominees. The nomination deadline ended March 1.

Executive Director, Stacy Van Gorp, says, "This record number of nominations speaks volumes to the quality teachers we have in Black Hawk County."

2012 marks the 24th year for the Gold Star teaching awards. Nominated teachers are encouraged to submit an application to the R. J. McElroy Trust by March 23, 2012. Applications can be submitted online at

Following an exhausting selection process, the Gold Star Selection Committee will narrow the nominees and applicants to just ten Black Hawk County teachers. Those final ten teachers will be the recipients of the 2012 R.J. McElroy Trust Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching. The winning teachers will be honored at a special recognition ceremony May 21 at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center in Cedar Falls.

Also in late may, every individual nomination will be sent to that specific teacher. That way, the teacher gets a sense of the impact he or she has had on students.

Longtime R. J. McElroy Trustee, Jim Waterbury, recalls, "We wrote the original Gold Star program in 1989. It worked well for many years, but we decided two years go to put new life into Gold Star with a fresh approach." Waterbury adds, "The creative team at Hellman made that happen. Teaching is demanding work, and we love being able to help students and parents say thanks in a way that teachers remember forever."





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