The Illinois Education Association recently honored those with an outstanding commitment to their schools, their students and to public education.

One of the honorees was Martha Bowman, of Metropolis, who received the Mary Lou and Keith Hauge Award.

Bowman is a retired teacher, and has been a member of the IEA for 34 years. Bowman has been the president of the Deep South IEA-Retired chapter since 2005, and has served as a mentor both in the IEA-Retired Mentor Program and for new retired colleagues who want to become involved and active in IEA-Retired.

The awards were presented during the IEA Representative Assembly at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont.

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“Our members are truly outstanding,” IEA President Kathi Griffin said in a news release. “Our education support professionals, our teachers and our retirees put students first. We know many of our members believe going above and beyond in their schools is just doing their jobs, but we believe hard work should be recognized. We want all of our educators to know their work is valued and deserves to be honored.”

The IEA award recipients were nominated and chosen for their awards by their peers.

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