Six Teachers Recognized for Inspiring Students in STEM

Recipients of the 2023 Iowa STEM Teacher Award

The STEM Council is pleased to recognize the recipients of the 2023 Iowa STEM Teacher Award:

  • Maggie Arnold, Communication and Service Technology Teacher, Creston Community School District, Southwest STEM Region
  • Jessica Howard, Business Teacher, Lone Tree Community School District, Southeast STEM Region
  • Greg Moklestad, Industrial Technology Teacher, Dubuque Community School District, Northeast STEM Region
  • Shane Peterson, Industrial Technology Teacher, West Lyon Community School District, Northwest STEM Region
  • Jan Phifer, Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Grinnell Community School District, South Central STEM Region
  • Brittany Zimpfer, STEAM Teacher, Iowa Falls Community School District, North Central STEM Region

Sponsored by Kemin Industries and in its ninth year, the STEM Teacher Award is presented annually to six full-time, licensed preK-12 educators who are distinguished for fostering enthusiasm and inspiring a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics which goes beyond the classroom and helps prepare students for future high-demand careers.

As recipients of the 2023 Iowa STEM Teacher Award, each teacher receives $1,500 to use for their classroom and $1,500 for personal use, thanks to Kemin. The teachers were celebrated during a ceremony at their school – one in each of the six STEM Regions – and will also be recognized during STEM Day at the Fair at the Iowa State Fair on August 20, 2023.

More information about the Iowa STEM Teacher Award can be found at

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