DES MOINES (SPECIAL) Tim Juhl, an instrumental music teacher from North Butler High School in Greene, is a 2009 Excellence in Education Award runner-up. The award is sponsored by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA), the Iowa Farm Bureau, WHO Radio, KDSM Fox 17, and STAPLES.
He is a 1974 graduate of South Tama High School. His wife is the former Michelle Lyon of rural Toledo. Juhl’s father, Phil, served as superintendent of the Iowa Juvenile Home while the family made their home in Toledo.
Juhl was among a top field of over 70 teachers—all nominated by colleagues, students, parents, and community members because of the difference they make every day in the lives of Iowa’s schoolchildren.
“This award is truly about recognizing the educators who work hard on a daily basis and rarely get the recognition they so richly deserve,” said Chris Bern, president of the ISEA. “All of the nominations are a testament to the dedication and compassion Iowa educators have for their students and demonstrate how educators go above and beyond the scope of their work and change the lives of the students they teach.”
While Juhl is a high school music teacher, his students continue on to become Division I college musicians and many perform as Hawkeyes, Cyclones, and Panthers. He has taught many All-State students and has prepared at least one student to march for the World Class Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, IL.
“Tim’s dedication is evident in the quality and quantity of first class music students he graduates from North Butler, but even more than that is the respect and long-term love of music that he instills,” Bern added. “He teaches from the heart and his students know and value his leadership and guidance. Tim is an inspiration and that’s what this Award is all about”.
Juhl will receive a gift certificate from STAPLES during an awards ceremony and banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines, courtesy of the Iowa Farm Bureau.