Outstanding STEM teachers honored at Terrace Hill

The six 2016 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award recipients were recognized by Governor Branstad and STEM Council Co-Chairs Lt. Governor Reynolds and Kemin Industries President and CEO Dr. Nelson at the STEM Council’s reception of the Future Ready Iowa Summit at

Iowa has been known as “a place to grow” and “life-changing” but to the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council – thanks to the vision and investment of Kemin Industries—I.O.W.A. represents our state’s excellent STEM educators who are Innovative in their methods, Outstanding in their passion for education, Worldly in how they help their students see STEM all around them and Academic in engaging students both in and out of the classroom.

“We are extremely appreciative of STEM teachers in Iowa. This award is just one of the ways we enjoy honoring the hard work and dedication of exceptional teachers in our state,” said Kemin Industries President and CEO Dr. Chris Nelson, STEM Council co-chair. “These teachers deserve recognition for preparing today’s students to become tomorrow’s workforce, which includes an abundance of STEM opportunities.”

In the second year of the I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award, six of Iowa’s most inspiring teachers of STEM subjects received award presentations in March at their schools and then formal recognition earlier this month at Terrace Hill. Each teacher received $1,500 and an additional $1,500 for their classrooms.

The 2016 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award recipients are:

North Central STEM Region
Ed Birkey, Technology and Engineering Teacher
Fort Dodge High School
Northeast STEM Region
Dirk Homewood, Project Lead The Way and Mathematics Teacher
Cedar Falls High School
Northwest STEM Region
Kent Muyskens, Science Teacher
Carroll High School
South Central STEM Region
Ryan Lensing, Science Teacher
Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines
Southeast STEM Region
Reagan Boeset, 6-8th Grade STEM Teacher
Clear Creek Amana Middle School
Southwest STEM Region
Erin Wetzel, Project Lead The Way and Computers Teacher
Southwest Valley Middle School
To read more about each recipient or to watch videos from the 2015 awardees, head to www.IowaSTEM.gov/TeacherAward.
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