Sunday, October 29, 2006

Muscatine EA Leaders Meet & Greet a Friend of Education & ISEA President

Randy Naber, 4th grade teacher in Muscatine, opened his home Sunday evening, October 29th to approximately 3 dozen folks to host an event for new association members and EA leaders to have the chance to meet and greet Rep. Nathan Reichert and me. Randy (pictured at right) is the Muscatine EA Treasurer and serves on the MississippiBend UniServ Unit Executive Board. Randy will be honored as a "Finalist" for the Excellence in Education Award at a special banquet in Des Monies on November 9th. Congratulations, Randy! And thanks for all you do every day for Iowa's students!

It was fun to have the chance to see where Randy makes his home and taste some of the delicious foods that he makes. He has quite the reputation as a gourmet cook and I can tell you first hand, he cooked up some delicious dishes! Pictured here (on the left) is Randy's mother who was also a guest in her son's home.

Also in attendance was ISEA Executive Board member Kathy Haltmeyer. Kathy is a Special Education teacher at Muscatine High School. Kathy (pictured on the right) is a long-time friend a long-time association activist.

Guest of honor was state Representative Nathan Reichert (D) Muscatine, pictured here (on left) with me. In the fall of 2004 when Nathan first ran for the Iowa House, I was out on behalf of members going door-to-door with him. I remember it was a drizzling, fall evening...and we still knocked the doors! Nathan has proven that he works just as hard every day serving as a member of the Iowa House. We'll be making phone calls for him tomorrow night too!

Among others that attended the meet and greet were two more Muscatine EA leaders. Carol Kula (standing at left) is the Muscatine EA President and High School Chinese Language teacher. Pictured with Carol is Dolores Silva (on the right) is also an association volunteer and a High School Spanish teacher. Thanks to both Carol and Dolores for your leadership in the classroom and in the association!

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