Title: Fourth Grade Language Arts Teacher
Company: Pekin Community Schools
Location: Hendrick, Iowa, United States
Lorna Scholtus, Fourth Grade Language Arts Teacher at Pekin Community Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in language arts education.
A third-generation educator, Ms. Scholtus was inspired by the example of her grandmother and father’s careers in education. With her desired career in mind from a young age, she went on to achieve a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from William Penn University in 1989. For the past 32 years, Ms. Scholtus has excelled with the Pekin Community Schools in Iowa in various capacities. She commenced her career as a substitute teacher for one year before taking on the role of title I reading teacher from 1990 to 1998. Today, Ms. Scholtus excels as a 23-year educator of fourth-grade language arts, PLC leader of ELA for third through sixth grade and co-lead teacher mentor at Pekin Elementary School.
In recognition of her illustrious career, Ms. Scholtus was named an honorary member of Educator Leader Pathways to STEM from 2015 to 2019 and an honorary member, educational leader and mentor for the People of People Program from 2003 to 2015. Notably, she is a former membership chair of the National Education Association and vice president of the Executive Board of the Hedrick Library. She remains active in charitable initiatives with the American Heart Association and the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Dedicated to ensuring the success of all of her fourth-grade students, Ms. Scholtus believes she has found her true calling in teaching. She attributes her professional success to being a single mother, as she always strived to assure her son was well taken care of and surrounded by positive role models. Ms. Scholtus also adds her inner drive from her college years playing tennis made her successful. She also holds a coaching license in honor of her athletic years. In five years’ time, Ms. Scholtus aims to continue working with new teachers and inspiring them, along with taking care of her parents and her son, who now works in law enforcement.
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