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SOE Honors 3 Outstanding Educators

February 3, 2009
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Dinner to honor three outstanding educators
Three outstanding educators were honored during the Believers and Achievers Banquet, the Drake University School of Education's annual Alumni Awards and Senior Recognition Dinner, on Tuesday, Feb. 24. 


The event also honored members of the school's graduating class of 2009. The students were recognized and Rhodes Scholar and former basketball standout Lindsey Whorton, a 2008 Drake graduation, will speak on their behalf.


The event, which was open to the public, begain with a reception at 6 p.m. in Parents Hall in Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave., dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by remarks by School of Education Dean Jan McMahill and awards presentations at 7 p.m.


One of the honorees is a state legislator and two are current or former administrators with the Des Moines Public Schools.

  • Nancy Sebring, superintendent of the Des Moines Public Schools. A resident of Des Moines, Sebring received her master's, specialist and doctorate degrees in education from Drake.
  • Judith Cunningham, former administrator at Des Moines Public Schools and Drake Head Start. A resident of Estes Park, Colo., Cunningham received her master's degree in education from Drake.
  • Scott Raecker, state legislator and executive director of the Institute for Character Development at Drake University. Raecker is a resident of Urbandale, Iowa.