2017 Teacher of the Year Finalist

Beth Deacon

CEA Iowa Teacher of the Year

Beth Deacon from Fort Madison, Iowa was educated at Michigan Technological University. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics with a Minor in Sciences in 1992. Later she continued her education at Northern Michigan University earning a Master of Arts Degree in School Administration and Supervision in 2000. She was a secondary teacher of mathematics for 21 years in Michigan. She enjoyed volunteering her time as a tutor on evenings and weekends and teaching ACT prep classes. She also enjoyed chaperoning dances, being an adviser for the engineering club and various classes, helping with school improvement and working as an athletic director. She served on many committees including: NHS, Discipline, and the Union Negotiation Team. Two years before her family moved to Iowa, Beth began teaching adult education in the evenings. She found this to be such a meaningful position, she wanted to continue working with adults in some form.

Three years ago, Beth's family moved to Iowa and Beth was fortunate to receive a teaching position at the Iowa State Penitentiary. Beth continues to enjoy doing volunteer work and thus far in her new community she has helped in the following ways: coaching softball for the YMCA, tutoring high school students at the Test Kitchen, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, helping at the community dinners, and helping the Adult Education Teacher in the community learn math. Beth is married to her husband of 18 years and they have two daughters and a son together.