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2018-2019 Class of '79 teaching award winner - Sheryl Carroll

Sheryl Carroll, 2018-2019 Class of ’79 teaching award winner, poses with class of 1979 alumni Diane Goodman after receiving her award in May of 2019.

Written by: Holden Thompson

The Algona High School class of 1979 annually presents an award to recognize the outstanding contributions of a teacher, either in a single academic year or over a career.

“Outstanding contributions” may include such actions as developing new programs, personally motivating students, achieving a greater professional standing, and going above and beyond the job description.  Consideration may also be given to such qualities as accessibility to students, intellectual rigor, enthusiasm for teaching/subject matter, and dedication to education.

Nominations must be received by the Algona Community School Foundation by April 17th, 2020. The form is available here or you can also download the form & mail it in.

Students, parents, or alumni may make nominations. Nominations can be emailed to or mailed to the foundation address on the form. The final selection will be made by the Class Fund Committee and the award will be announced prior to the end of the school year. The award includes an engraved bell and $200. 

Last year’s winner was Sheryl Carroll, third grade teacher at Lucia Wallace, who won the award because of her character and teaching contributions. “Mrs. Carroll is a very caring teacher who goes the extra mile to get all students involved. She allows students to be creative and independent while also fostering good life skills. She instilled a new love of reading in my son, and for that I’m very grateful,” Mrs. Spear comments.