DMPS Educators Schott, Trump Earn Drake Alumni Award

Tim Schott (r) and Drake associate professor DeDe Small

Two DMPS educators were recently honored for their contributions to education by the Drake University School of Education.

Tim Schott, an executive director of secondary schools, and Patricia Trump, a music teacher at Monroe Elementary School, were both presented with the 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award by Drake.

Patricia Trump (r) and Drake assistant professor Thomas Sletto

Prior to becoming an executive director with the school district this year, Tim was the principal of Hubbell Elementary School. He is known as a leader and innovator in education, and helped lead the effort to make Des Moines Public Schools the first district in Iowa to offer the International Baccalaureate program. During his five years at Hubbell, the school also saw enrollment increase by 38 percent and the National PTA twice awarded Hubbell the School of Excellence designation. Schott has earned three graduate degrees from Drake, including a specialist degree in education leadership.

In addition to educating thousands of music students during her tenure with Des Moines Public Schools, Patricia has served on the statewide Comprehensive Musicianship Project Team for the past 10 years and was selected to be a conductor of the Iowa All State Children’s Honor Choir. As a mentor teacher for many of Drake’s student teachers, Patricia has inspired several School of Education graduates to pursue careers as elementary music teachers. She has also worked with the Drake Music Department in a professional development partnership to provide exceptional laboratory experiences in teaching for undergraduate methods classes. Patricia earned her bachelor’s degree in 1974 and her master’s degree in 1987, both in music education from Drake University.

Tim and Patricia were presented with their awards at School of Education’s annual Believers and Achievers banquet held at Drake University on March 6.

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