Iowa teacher receives “Teacher of the Year” title

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John Ballheim, Ashford University VP presents check to Teri Howe (photo courtesy of Ashford University).

A Physical Education teacher in Goose Lake, Iowa was recognized as Ashford University’s “Teacher of the Year.”

Northeast Elementary School teacher, Teri Howe received a $500 check for classroom supplies as Principal Diane Schumacher announced her new title, according to Ashford University’s Director of Communications.

The announcement was made at the school’s annual student- employee basketball game on Monday, April 8.

Howe has been teaching at Northeast for 33 years. She is the co-athletic director, teaches elementary physical education, and coached several sports over the years.

“In addition to her excellent qualities as a physical education teacher, Teri has provided service to the teaching profession by working with teacher candidates in the physical education licensure track at Ashford University,” said Mindy Dunlap, Ashford faculty member.

Dunlap said Howe has worked with nine teacher candidates over the last three years.

“She actively involves the teacher candidates in her classroom and she shares her wealth of knowledge with them as well,” said Dunlap.

Howe has a Bachelor of Science from Watburg College. She and her husband Jeff have been married for 30 years and have three children and one granddaughter. Howe is active at Elvira Zion Lutheran Church and serves on the leadership, character and wellness committees at Northeast.

Ashford University vice president and campus director John Ballheim noted that Howe is “Teacher of the Year” for the whole area, not just the Northeast school district.