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Gold Star teachers surprised with awards

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Students already know their teachers are as good as gold, but now, everyone else does too.

Ten teachers are receiving the Gold Star Award for outstanding teaching. Jordan Sadecki was surprised Friday morning with the Gold Star. She's the band teacher at Waterloo Columbus.

"I was really proud because this band has really grown a lot over the past few years and it all comes back to Ms. Sadecki. She's done a lot of work for this band, she really cares for us and she's done a lot to help us learn about music, to appreciate the art," said Eliott Kuchera, a Waterloo Columbus senior.

The Columbus band has tripled in size under her leadership.

The Gold Star awards are co-sponsored by the R.J. McElroy Trust and KWWL.

This year, the McElroy Trust received more than 1,400 nominations for 558 teachers in Black Hawk County. Ten Gold Star teachers are receiving $1,000 plus, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the McElroy Trust, they also get $500 to improve their classroom.

Here's a list of the other teachers receiving the Gold Star this year:

David Berns, Guidance Counselor, Orchard Hill Elementary School

Priscilla Culp, Reading Teacher, Irving Elementary School

Naomi Feldman, Band Teacher, Hoover Middle School

Ron Harmon, Social Studies Teacher, George Washington Carver Academy

Janelle Kimpston, Kindergarten Teacher, Orange Elementary School

Clarissa Mathews, 4th Grade Teacher, Blessed Sacrament School

Andrew McCormick, Art Teacher, Holmes Jr. High School

Kerrie Michael, Literacy Teacher, Union High School

Jamie Moody, 3rd Grade Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School -- Cedar Falls

The program honoring this year's Gold Star recipients will be held on Tuesday, May 19th in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at UNI.

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