Prairieview Teacher Receives 2018 Dr. Robert E. and Phyllis M. Yager Exemplary Teaching Recognition Award

Chelsea Haaland

Chelsea Haaland

Chelsea Haaland, 9th-grade speech teacher at Prairieview School, will receive the 2018 Dr. Robert E. and Phyllis M. Yager Exemplary Teaching Recognition Award.

The award is intended to honor a graduate of UNI who has gone on to excellence as a K-12 teacher in Iowa and the contribution of a UNI faculty member who contributed to the success of the teacher. This award is in honor of Dr. Robert Yager, a nationally recognized leader in science education and an alumnus of UNI. Additionally, this came at the joint nomination of several members of the UNI Department of Theatre and was supported by both Prairieview Principal Juley Murphy-Tiernan and testimonies of former students.

Haaland was selected for her excellence in teaching, as stated in her adjudication from an award reviewer: “Tackling one of the trickiest classes, ‘speech,’ she appears to disarm students’ deepest concerns through personal vulnerability, allowing them to succeed in learning and progressing in an area they may have previously ‘dreaded.’  It appears her classroom system, from culture and climate to rubrics and standards referenced grading, is well aligned to create a safe environment where the ultimate goal is student learning and success.”

Haaland will be presented the award at a luncheon ceremony on Friday, December 7, on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa.

“Chelsea has created an atmosphere of caring support and quiet strength,” said Prairieview Principal Juley Murphy-Tiernan. “She offers a tremendous amount of encouragement when needed and the occasional exception to the rule when it’s the absolute right thing to do. There is never a doubt in my mind that Chelsea wants the best for each one of her students.”

Congratulations on receiving the Yager Exemplary Teaching Award!

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