Nominate an Outstanding Iowa STEM Teacher!

The deadline to complete nominations is Sunday, October 10.

Every day, exceptional STEM educators across the state are helping prepare students for
exciting, high-demand careers. Their passion for science, technology, engineering and
mathematics is shaping the future through generations of Iowans.

Does that sound like a teacher you know? Nominate them today for the 2022 Iowa STEM
Teacher Award, sponsored by Kemin Industries!

Now in its eighth year, this award recognizes leadership and dedication that increases student interest in, and awareness of, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The award is given to one licensed, full-time PreK-12 teacher from each of Iowa’s six STEM regions. For this award, a full-time teacher is defined as an educator who spends at least 75% of their working hours (approximately 30 hours, minimum) in the classroom – both virtually and in-person – interacting with students. Nominations for previous recipients of this award and self-nominations will not be accepted. Recipients receive $1,500 for their classroom, along with an additional $1,500 for personal use.

The deadline to complete nominations is Sunday, October 10. Recipients will be announced in January 2022.

The nomination process is simple and open to everyone, including fellow teachers, school
administrators, students and parents. Visit
to learn more and submit your nomination.

GPAEA Staff Celebrate Years of Service Milestone

Congratulations and thank you for your dedicated service to the children, families, and educators of southeast Iowa!

10 Years of Service

  • Dr. Angelisa Fynaardt, Associate Administrator/Director of Special Education
  • Tiffany Hansen, Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Lindsey Long, School Social Worker
  • Konnie Milder, Audiometrist
  • Michelle Ryan, Special Education Consultant
  • Kristin Stuekerjuergen, Early ACCESS Home Interventionist

15 Years of Service

  • Rachael Butler, Speech-Language Therapy Assistant
  • Stacey Cochran, Regional Secretary
  • Liz Engel, Special Education Consultant
  • Katherine Horn, School Social Worker
  • Amy Molyneux, School Social Worker
  • Kibben Rumohr, School Social Worker
  • Melissa Sadler, Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Jill Schwarte, Special Education Consultant
  • Lynn Sheagren, Early ACCESS Designated Service Coordinator
  • Julie Thomas, School Psychologist

20 Years of Service

  • Jill Baker, Speech-Language Therapy Assistant
  • Kelley Gray, Speech-Language Therapy Assistant
  • Mike Hayes, Juvenile Detention Center Teacher
  • Janet Hurt, Physical Therapist
  • Stacy Jeffrey, School Psychologist
  • Robin Larrington, Special Education Consultant
  • Clark Ullerich, Physical Therapist

25 Years of Service

  • John Fageol, Custodian

30 Years of Service

  • Michelle Mihalovich, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Christy Staton, Receptionist

35 Years of Service

  • Kelly Asperheim, Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Julie Barwick, IMS Operator
  • Greg Manske, Human Resources Director

Register today for VIRTUAL Substitute Authorization PK-12 beginning September 12 – Face to Face option at Central Lee added

Are you interested in becoming a substitute teacher? Register today!

#190031 GP – Substitute Authorization Grades Pk -12 (Virtual)

This 20 hour virtual course is designed to enable participants to become competent in the skills necessary to successfully substitute in Iowa’s elementary and secondary classrooms. 

Contact Michelle Dickey at with questions.

#167502 GP – Substitute Authorization Grades Pk-12 (CL)

Friday, September 10, 202108:00:00 AM – 06:30:00 PM
Friday, September 17, 202108:00:00 AM – 06:30:00 PM

Virtual Library Media Tech for Certified Paras

Mississippi Bend AEA is offering a Virtual Area of Concentration for Certified Paraeducators called Library Media Technology. This course is worth 3 renewal credits for certified paras. See the registration information below. Please contact Terri Toppler, if you have questions about the class.
#189591 MB – Paraeducator Area of Concentration Library Media Technology 21-26

Virtual Meeting Dates

09/27/2021 05:00:00 PM – 06:30:00 PM
10/18/2021 05:00:00 PM – 06:30:00 PM
11/08/2021 05:00:00 PM – 06:30:00 PM
11/22/2021 05:00:00 PM – 06:30:00 PM
12/02/2021 05:00:00 PM – 06:30:00 PM
12/13/2021 05:00:00 PM – 06:30:00 PM

Virtual Substitute Authorization begins August 23 – sign up today and sub this Fall!

Interested in subbing this fall? GPAEA is offering Substitute Authorization via Zoom August 23-25. An Associates Degree and the Substitute Authorization Course is required to substitute teach in Iowa. Contact if you have any questions.

The following Substitute Authorization course is open for registration!

#190031 GP – Substitute Authorization Grades Pk -12 (Virtual) (Course Information)

Monday, August 23, 202105:00:00 PM – 08:30:00 PM
Tuesday, August 24, 202105:00:00 PM – 08:30:00 PM
Wednesday, August 25, 202105:00:00 PM – 08:00:00 PM

Substitute Authorization begins July 12 – sign up today!

Interested in subbing this fall? GPAEA is offering Substitute Authorization via Zoom July 12th -14th. An Associates Degree and the Substitute Authorization Course is required to substitute teach in Iowa. Contact if you have any questions.

#190031 GP – Substitute Authorization Grades Pk -12 (Virtual) (Course Information)

Monday, July 12, 202105:00:00 PM – 08:30:00 PM
Tuesday, July 13, 202105:00:00 PM – 08:30:00 PM
Wednesday, July 14, 202105:00:00 PM – 08:00:00 PM

Paraeducator Certification Courses starting in August

GPAEA in partnership with Southeastern Community College is excited to offer a series of Paraeducator Certification Courses starting in August. Check out the benefits of becoming a certified paraeducator and registration details at The courses may be taken by high school students; however candidates must be at least 18 years of age to receive certification through the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. Contact for more information.

Virtual Substitute Authorization Course Available in July

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a substitute teacher this fall, GPAEA is offering Substitute Authorization in July. An Associate’s Degree is required and the candidate must be at least 20 years old to be eligible to substitute teach. Contact for more information.

#190031 GP – Substitute Authorization Grades Pk -12 (Virtual)


Burlington Office
Open 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Thursday, 8am to 4pm on Friday
Materials are picked up on the cart near the front desk upstairs

Ottumwa Office

Open 7am to 3:30pm Monday through Thursday, 7am to 3pm on Friday
Materials are picked up outside of the Creative Services Office

Place your order online!

➡️ Ordering Instructions

Please note:
Summer deliveries are currently scheduled for July 27/28.

Normal deliveries start: Week of August 16, 2021

Creative services is open year-round, including the summer! We can bill after July 1 if needed. Pick ups/drop offs for the Burlington office are occurring upstairs by the main entrance/front desk. Visitors to our office buildings are required to take a health screening before entering. The Creative Services department is only allowing physical access for Creative Services employees.

Nils Guldberg
Production Supervisor, Creative Services
Great Prairie AEA • 800-382-8970 Ext. 1144

Save the date: Inclusive Classroom Virtual Conference – Feb. 9, 2022

The first annual virtual Inclusive Classroom Conference will be held on February 9, 2022 and coordinated by four AEAs.

Keynote speakers will be the authors of the book, “Inclusive Classroom 365,” which should be released in May. For more information in regards to the Inclusive Classroom, please check out

We need your help in creating a conference experience that meets the needs of your staff, students, and families. Please take a few minutes to add your thoughts for topics/sessions that would benefit your district. We’ll use this information to build a rich learning experience designed to benefit the students and staff in your district. Thank you!

Click here for the survey link.

Congratulations 2021 GPAEA Retirees

Congratulations to GPAEA’s 2021 Retirees! Thank you for your years of service and dedication to the students, families, and educators in southeast Iowa!

Click on a name below to upload a video message, photo, or congratulations to each retiree’s padlet. Drag and drop directly from your desktop, or click anywhere on the padlet. If you’re on a mobile device, double tap anywhere or select the plus (+) button. A simple text post will appear. To attach a file or link, click any of the icons below the text.

New Titles in MackinVIA

Several new titles in eBook and audiobook formats have been added to MackinVIA recently. These include the Iowa Goldfinch, Iowa Children’s Choice, Iowa Teen, and Iowa High School award books. Titles relating to social emotional learning and social justice have also been added. A list of specific titles is available here.

Looking for resources to keep your students reading over the summer? Don’t forget to remind your students that they have access to MackinVIA year-round. If you need assistance with your login information, please contact your school’s teacher librarian or send a message to

GPAEA Creative Services rolls out NEW ordering system as part of unified effort with Iowa’s AEAs

As part of a unified effort with all nine of Iowa’s AEAs, the Great Prairie AEA Creative Services department, formally Print Shop, is proud to roll out a new ordering system. The new system offers several benefits to our customers which include: 1.) the ability to retain a personal order history; 2.) an expanded array of products and sizes; 3.) faster re-orders; and 4.) the ability to view the production status of each order including a notification once complete. The system also estimates the cost of your order based on the information provided. (Please note that this is only an estimate.) 

When you are ready to place your next order, please begin using the new system and let us know about your experience! If this isn’t typically a heavy order time for you, we’d be happy to walk you through the system with previous orders in mind so that you have a sense of how it works. Simply contact Nils Guldberg, to schedule a time to Zoom and learn more. To assist you, we have created this set of directions and quick video tutorial to get you started.  Thank you for your continued partnership with Creative Services. We are excited to create for you in 2021! 

Nils Guldberg
Great Prairie AEA 
800-382-8970 or 319-753-6561 Ext. 1144

Please note:

  • GPAEA offices will be closed on May 31
  • Last Delivery Dates of school year: Week of May 17-20, 2021
  • Last Pickup Dates of school year: May 24-27, 2021