Awards & Honors

Des Moines Public Schools is proud to be home to thousands of educators and other professionals who work hard each and every day to help the students of our community succeed.

The good work performed by our teachers and staff has earned awards, honors and recognition at the state and national level.

Highlights of some recent honors include:

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2016 5-Time Energy Star Partner of the Year

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2016 DMR Coach of the Year

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2016 ISPRA Communicator of the Year

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2016 AP Teacher of the Year

nsba-logo-bw 2015 Magna Award
National School Board Association
idoe 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year – Clemencia Spizzirri, Merrill Middle School
Iowa Department of Education
presidentialaward Ten National Award Winners
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
nationaljournal “Why Des Moines Can Be A Model for Urban Education”
National Journal
districtofdistinction District of Distinction
District Administration Magazine
iowaschoolcounselor 2014 Elementary School Counselor of the Year
Iowa School Counselor Association
iowaschoolsocialworkers 2014 School Social Worker of the Year
Iowa School Social Workers Association
arteducators 2013 Elementary and Middle School Art Educators of the Year
Art Educators of Iowa
washingtonpost Nation’s Top College-Prep High Schools – Roosevelt
Washington Post
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Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education
epa 2012, 2013, 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
nspra  2016 NSPRA Golden Achievement Winner
nspra 2012, 2013, 2014 Award of Excellence
National School Public Relations Association
asbo Seven-time Certificate of Excellence Award Recipient
Association of School Business Officials International
gfoa Seven-time Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Government Finance Officers Association
greenribbonschools 2012 Green Ribbon School – Central Campus
2013 Green Ribbon District – DMPS
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Other honors earned by Des Moines Public Schools include:

  • 2016 ADK Excellence in Education Award
  • 2016 Social Studies Teacher of the Year
  • 2016 PBS Tech Innovator of the Year
  • 2016 MLK Make a Difference Award
  • 2016 ADBOI Meritorious Budget Award
  • 2016 Science Bound High School of the Year
  • 5 High Schools on the Iowa AP Index
  • 2014 EPA Battle of the Buildings 1st Place (Findley Elementary School)
  • 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching finalists
  • 2014 Prostart Educator of Excellence Award
  • 2014 Iowa School Social Worker of the Year by the Iowa School Social Workers Association
  • 2014 Four Rotary Educators of the Year
  • 2014 Rising Star by the Journalism Education Association
  • 2014 Finalists for Iowa Teacher of the Year
  • 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching winner
  • 2013 Dr. Robert E. and Phyllis M. Yager Exemplary Teaching Recognition Award
  • 2013 Steve France Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2012 Finalist for Iowa Teacher of the Year
  • 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching finalists
  • 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching winner
  • 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching finalists
  • 2011 James Madison Fellowship for the state of Iowa
  • Art Educator of the Year by the Art Educators of Iowa
  • Outstanding Secondary Art Educator by the Art Educators of Iowa
  • 2010 Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching by the Mathematical Association of America
  • 2009 Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished Junior High/Middle School Mathematics Teaching
  • Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association for the school district’s comprehensive annual financial report.
  • Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year for the state of Iowa by the National Association of Biology Teachers
  • Educator of the Year by the Printing Industry of the Midwest
  • 2010 Excellence in Education Award runner-up
  • Daughters of the American Revolution US History Teacher of the Year nominee
  • Financial Literacy Educator of the Year for the state of Iowa
  • 2010 Toyota International Teacher Program honoree
  • Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials
  • 2010 James Bryant Conant Award in High School Teaching.
  • 2009 James Madison Fellowship in American History
  • Iowa Industrial Technology Education Middle School Teacher of Excellence