Jane Clowser, ADM High School’s current art teacher, and last year’s gifted and talented education (GATE) teacher was recognized at the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center with the Educator Award for Outstanding Achievement. This year’s ceremony was held on Sunday, September 30, 2018, in the Main Lounge of the University of Iowa’s Memorial Union.  The event is an opportunity to celebrate students who have received special recognition at the Belin-Blank Center, along with their honored teachers.

Jane Clowser was recognized with the Educator Award for Outstanding Achievement for her commitment and advocation for gifted and talented students.  When asked about the award, Clowser stated, “It was an honor to be acknowledged by Belin Blank for my work with gifted students. The Belin Blank Center is known internationally for their exemplary research, programs, and advocacy for gifted students and their teachers. I have had the opportunity to get to know the director and staff over the years and have learned from my many experiences with them. As a teacher, I strive every day to help students do their best and be their best so it is rewarding to be acknowledged for that work.”

Over the last five years, Jane has worked with Belin Blank to offer students STEM opportunities in school as well as opportunities on the University of Iowa campus. The opportunities included art, performance art, global studies, math, innovation, science, and early entrance to college.