June 16, 2011

A Loss in our IAAE Family

The IAAE is saddened to learn about the sudden passing of Lynette Pithan. Lynette taught in Maquoketa's Alternative Classroom from 1989 until the time of her death--June 1, 2011.
Lynette Pithan
In a message to Ray Morley the founder of MAC, Deb Carson, remembered this about Lynette:
She was so dedicated to the mission of alternative education that she recently told administration that if they tried to transfer to the high school for her last year before retiring, she would walk out now!  She said later that she took great pleasure in telling our principal just how it would be!!!  And, I loved hearing it!!!  HA!
We will remember Lynette as a fervent supporter of alternative education who refused to let anyone push her around. Thanks to Deb Carson for sharing the story and bringing a happy memory to us.

Click to read Lynette's obituary from the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Do you have memories of Lynette that you'd like to share? Please share them by posting a comment below.

June 08, 2011

IAAE Board Member Wins Golden Apple Teacher of the Year

Each year KIMT-TV, a television station known as "Iowa-Minnesota Television" allows viewers to nominate teachers for weekly Golden Apple Awards on their website. The end of the year culminates with the prestigious "Teacher of the Year" award. This year's final award winner comes from Carrie Lane High School in Charles City: IAAE Board Member, Josh Dean.

Watch the news story about Josh's award below. Congratulations, Josh! We are proud to have you positively representing alternative educators from across the state.