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Five outstanding educators to be honored at annual SOE dinner

February 2, 2010
Drake will honor five outstanding educators and the graduating class of 2010 at the School of Education's Believers and Achievers Banquet on Tuesday, March 9.

The annual alumni awards and senior recognition dinner, which is open to the public, will start with a reception at 6 p.m. in Parents Hall in Olmsted Center. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by remarks by Dean Jan McMahill and awards presentations at 7 p.m.

The outstanding educators who will be recognized are:

Stephaney Jones-Vo, LA'73, of Johnston, Iowa, is an English as a Second Language and diversity consultant for Heartland Area Education Association. She also is a former high school teacher and school district administrator. Jones-Vo is a leader in the field of English as a Second Language Education.

Shannon Johnson, AS'93, GR'00, of Urbandale, Iowa, is a classroom teacher for the West Des Moines Community School District. She also is a member of Drake's Teachers as Partners program in which she mentors future teachers.

Twyla Woods, ED'77, GR'85, GR'98, of Des Moines, is chief of staff and student affairs for Des Moines Public Schools. She also has served Des Moines schools as a teacher assistant to teacher, elementary principal, deputy director of elementary and early childhood programs and executive director of human resources. Woods also has taught at Drake as an adjunct professor.

Barbara Parker, ED'95, GR'97, of Belleville, Ill., is director of the Rehabilitation Program at Maryville University in St. Louis. Parker developed award-winning programs for people transitioning from prison to community life and for welfare recipients entering the job market.

Robert Stouffer of Urbandale, Iowa, is superintendent of Des Moines Christian School. Stouffer is a former teacher, coach and principal. He has taught Drake Education Leadership courses for the past 14 years and is often acknowledged by students as one of their favorite instructors.The event will also honor members of the school's graduating class of 2010.

Tickets are $25, and can be reserved by contacting Patti Verlengia at 515-271-4810 or patti.verlengia@drake.edu. Reservations are requested by Feb. 22.