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News Release

For Immediate Release
May 1, 2012

Grant Wood AEA
Communications Office


Grant Wood AEA to honor area educators, citizens and staff    

Grant Wood Area Education Agency will honor area educational partners and agency staff during its annual Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet planned for Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the Ponderosa Hall & Ballroom 195 1st St. S., in Walford.


Nine individuals and one school will be honored at this year’s recognition banquet.

Educational Partner Awards will be presented to:

Friend of Education Award will be presented to:

Caring Colleague Awards will be presented to the following GWAEA employees:

  • Julie Freed (speech-language pathologist and assistive technology)

  • Lisa Twedt (graphics)

  • Jonathan Wylie (technology team)

Leadership for Learning Awards will be presented to:

In addition, 76 Grant Wood AEA staff received recognition for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service. Also honored will be 16 agency retirees representing a total of more than 270 years of service to Grant Wood AEA.


This is the 24th year for the awards ceremony, which was established as a way for agency staff to show appreciation for local schools and citizens who provide exemplary educational leadership for children, and who demonstrate a partnering attitude in all they do. Honorees were nominated and chosen by agency staff.


This year's banquet sponsors include:

Grant Wood AEA provides educational services for 32 public school districts and 22 approved nonpublic schools in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Washington counties.


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Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency’s Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

ADDRESS: 4401 Sixth Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
TELEPHONE: 319-399-6700 | 800-332-8488
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