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LIONS Awards

Linn-Mar Community School District’s Recognition and Awards Program serves to highlight the excellence that exists in all areas including service and job functions across the school district by rewarding the accomplishments and achievements of our staff, community partners, and colleagues.

Linn-Mar chooses to recognize and reward work and behaviors that support/further the mission, goals, values, and initiatives of the Linn-Mar Community School District.

Nominees must have made a significant impact at Linn-Mar as well as meet the respective criteria for selection. Employees, community partners, and colleagues may be nominated by anyone in the district by their respective school, department, or members of the community.

Each school year, nominations are accepted for the LIONS and Volunteer Awards beginning in late February. A completed nomination form, cover letter (not to exceed one page) written by the nominator and up to three letters of recommendation are due to Human Resources by early March.

Award descriptions, instructions, and a nomination form can be found in the Recognition and Rewards Program packet 

Questions, including specific information for the current year, may be directed to Casey Fasselius at 447-3009 or

The 2021 LIONS Awards recipients are:

Living Legend: Sue Atwater
Innovator: Travis Axeen
Optimizer: Victoria Wanda
Service: Sondra Nelson and Peg Hansen
LION Pride: Vince Klopfenstein
Above and Beyond Volunteer Award – Ro Delaney
Newcomer Volunteer Award – Kari Ross

2021 LIONS Awards Ceremony photos

The 2020 LIONS Awards recipients are:

Legend Award: Lisa Mooney
Innovator Award: Erin Watts
Optimizer Awards: Kelly Trier and Phil Miller
Newcomer Award: Katie Smith
Service Award: Michael Brandt
Lion Pride Award: Volunteer Donna Bean
Shirley Pantini Equity Award: Kristi Hicks

2020 LIONS Awards Ceremony photos


Previous LIONS Award Honorees:

2019 – Steve King, Julie White, Debra Barry, Amy Tristano, Todd Goodell

2018 – Tom Daubs, Bobby Kelley, Marilee McConnell, Sandy Schneekloth, and Sean Smith

2017 – Nadine Grieder, Rachelle Haker, Sara Hofer, Brian Johnson, Karla Koenen, and Keith Ponto

2016 – Paul Knapp, Susan Knight, and Kara Larson

2015 – Sherri Condon, Dave Dunning, Dirk Halupnik, Ed.D., Andrew Lyons, Katie Mulholland, Ed.D., and Francis “Fuf” Renfer

2014 – Tina Monroe, Barb Ritter, and Ann Stark

2013 – Kathy Leonard, Dan Niemitalo, and Jackie Wellborn

2012 – Carole Raver, Angelina Ungs, Gary Warner, and Wes Windham

2011 – Brett Henry, Jennifer Porter, Shawn Sandersfield, Elizabeth Wilson, and Jerry Van Dyke

2010 – Bob Crawford, Larry Gass, Marc McCoy, Ph.D., and Jim Teahen

2009 – Leigh Ann Cleland, Norm Northup, Catherine Spencer, and Mike Shipley

2008 – Steve Bartlett, Karla Brown, Kevin McCauley, Karen McDonnell, and Diana Zrudsky

2007 – Shannon Bisgard, Bev Headington, and Erik Miles

2006 – Jim Brust, Charlie Kress, Pat Kress, Madelyn Olson, Cecilia Parks, and Clark Weaver

2005 – Norm Grimm and Joe North

2004 – Steve Colton and Lavern Gibbs

2003 – Rosanne Altenhofen, Jim Hard, Harry Hakanson, and Dr. Joe Pacha,

2002 – Diane Beach, Joan Fishburn, Normajean Grabau, Mary Ann Meyerhoff, and Carlyn Wessel

2001 – Karma Bailey, Jim Green, and Suanne Huffman

2000 – Pete King, Dale Monroe, and Nick Spencer

1999 – Terri Elgin, Carol Maloy, and Elwyn Maloy

1998 – Alyce Lowe, George Lowe, Barb Mead, and Bob Stephens

1997 – Ellen Bruckner, Nevin Roberts, and the Linn-Mar Booster Club

1996 – Darrell Dicken and Paula Grady

1995 – Shirley Pantini and Dennis Selness

1994 – John Corkery, Dr. Carolyn Heitz, and Dave Etzel

1993 – Glen Easterday and Rudy Novak

1992 – Swati Dandekar, Barb Edwards, Jim Edwards, and Lawrence Shroeder

1991 – Betty Becker, Lumir Dostal, Merna Moore, and Dorothy Thompson

1990 – Marilyn Finn and Marilyn Sippy