Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Ceremony at Terrace Hill

Yesterday was the celebration in Des Moines at Terrace Hill, the Iowa Governor's mansion, for the teachers who earned National Board Certification in 2007.  I'd never been to Terrace Hill before, so that was a new experience.  It was beautiful, and Tracy told me that it was designed by the same architect that did the Dodge House in Council Bluffs.  I'd never noticed the similarities until she said that.

We toured the house, and then there was a reception of hors d'oeuvres and beverages.  A representative from the Department of Education spoke, and then we were on our way.  Short and sweet.  I'm glad I went, but I have to be honest though.   I really thought I was going to be meeting the Governor.  Here's what the invitation said:  "Governor Chet Culver & First Lady Mari Culver invite you and three guests to Terrace Hill to celebrate your recent National Board Certification.  We are proud to welcome Iowa's greatest teachers to the Governor's mansion for an afternoon celebration."  Am I just taking that wrong, or does it sound like the Governor and his wife were planning on being there?  I was a little disappointed, but it was still a very nice honor.  The day was beautiful, and we did get to see the Governor's mansion.  Dad and Alice and I went out for a late lunch afterward, and we had a pleasant drive up and back.  Good conversation, lovely fall colors, and quality time spent together.  I was proud to have them with me.

The Nelsons

Dad and I on the front steps of the mansion

The three teachers from Fairfield who earned National Board Certification last year: Diane Goudy, Jennifer Mangler, and me... there are now 563 Nationally Board Certified teachers in the state of Iowa.  36 of us were certified in 2007.


  1. Ah yes, I can see the resemblance to the Dodge House. Cool!

  2. Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations on achieving this wonderful goal! I know it did not come easy, especially considering everything (teaching, drama coaching, professional organizations, and plays, etc. that take a huge share of your time!

    BTW: I have admired the person your dad is for many years. (Didn't even know he was your dad!!) How wonderful that he would be ask for prayerful attention to your trip and to your award. :-)

  3. Wow! I thought everyone knew that was my dad! There are a lot of Nelsons, though, and we really don't look alike at all, so I can see how people might not put it together. I was glad he and my stepmom were able to share the day with me. Thanks for commenting on my blog... I'll look forward to reading yours! :)


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