Finalists for the Iowa Teacher of the Year award are:
•· • Aaron Maurer, a gifted education teacher and instructional coach at Bettendorf Middle School in Bettendorf;
· • Kari Murray, a science teacher at Carlisle High School in Carlisle;
· • Jon Parrott, an 8th grade social studies teacher at Urbandale Middle School in Urbandale;
· • Kristi Wickre, a special education teacher at Smouse Opportunity School in Des Moines (Des Moines Public Schools); and
· • Elaine Wolf, a culinary arts teacher at Central Campus in Des Moines (Des Moines Public Schools).
Schmidt was chosen by a committee that includes representatives from the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa State Education Association, the School Administrators of Iowa, the Iowa Association of School Boards, the Parent Teachers Association, the Area Education Agencies, the Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and 2013 Teacher of the Year Tania Johnson.
Schmidt and the finalists will be honored at a luncheon for outstanding Iowa teachers Nov. 8 at Prairie Meadows Events Center in Altoona.
The Iowa Teacher of the Year award was established in 1958. The annual program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education through an appropriation from the Iowa Legislature. Honorees serve as ambassadors to education and act as liaisons to primary and secondary schools, higher education and organizations across the state.