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News Release

For Immediate Release
May 3, 2013

Grant Wood AEA
Communications Office


Grant Wood AEA honors area educators, citizens and staff    

Grant Wood Area Education Agency honored area educational partners and agency staff during its annual Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet held Thursday, May 2, 2013 at The Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center, Cedar Rapids.

Educational Partner Awards were presented to:

Leadership for Learning Award presented to:

  • Jim Thornton






Caring Colleague Awards were presented to the following GWAEA employees:

  • Cathy Kearns, Admin Spec-Compensation/Benefits

  • Pam Ries, Special Education Consultant

  • Melva Starr, Media Specialist

  • Deanna Thursby, School Psychologist

  • VAST Team

In addition, 65 Grant Wood AEA staff received recognition for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service.
Also honored were 15 agency retirees representing a total of more than 244 years of service to
Grant Wood AEA.


This is the 25th 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
Fax: 319-399-6457
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