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Charles City teacher honored with Hall of Fame induction – KCHA News

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A Charles City teacher has been inducted into the Iowa Association of Alternative Education (IAAE) Hall of Fame.

Don Betts, principal and teacher at Carrie Lane High School, has been recognized as a pioneer in advancing alternative education in Iowa. In a statement, the school district commends Betts for his long efforts to create an alternative school environment for young students, which led to the creation of the innovative Charles City Campus’s FLEX online branch for elementary school students, of middle school and high school.

Innovative Campus colleague Josh Dean says, “Don’s legacy blows my mind every time I think about it. There are hundreds of children around the world whose lives are forever changed for the better because they met this incredible man. He literally made the difference between life and death for many of our children.

Matthew A. Heffron, a 2011 graduate of Carrie Lane High School, credits Betts with helping him stay in school, saying, “I went from not wanting to go to school to getting in at 6 a.m. to have morning chats with Mr. Betts about family, school, life, and generally everything. Mr. Betts pushed each student to ensure not only that he got the best out of them, but that they got the best out of themselves.

You can read the full press release below:

Charles City Community Schools would like to congratulate Don Betts, principal and teacher at Carrie Lane High School, on his recent induction into the Iowa Association of Alternative Education (IAAE) Hall of Fame.

A pioneer in the advancement of alternative education in Iowa, Betts served for many years on the IAAE board of directors and served as a guide and mentor to countless teachers and schools across the state in course of the last quarter century. This year, his long efforts to create an alternative school environment for young students led to the creation of the innovative Charles City Campus’s FLEX online branch for elementary, middle and high school students.

The IAAE Hall of Fame honors those who have made significant contributions to the field of alternative education, ranging from specific innovations to research, publications, and the ability to engage and inspire students , colleagues and the wider community. Teachers, counsellors, supervisors, administrators and other educators may be appointed annually.

“Don’s legacy blows my mind every time I think about it,” said Josh Dean, a teacher at Innovative Campus and a colleague of Betts. “There are hundreds of children around the world whose lives are forever changed for the better because they met this incredible man. He literally meant the difference between life and death for many of our children. .

Matthew A. Heffron, a 2011 graduate of Carrie Lane High School, credits Betts with helping him decide to stay in school.

“I went from not wanting to go to school to coming in at 6 a.m. to have morning talks with Mr. Betts,” Heffron said. “Discussions were about family, school, life and generally everything. Mr. Betts pushed each student to ensure not only that he was getting the best out of them, but that they were getting the best out of them. ‘themselves.

In nominating Betts to the IAAE Hall of Fame, students and colleagues highlighted his ability to build community and connect with students on a personal level.

“Don Betts and Carrie Lane High School have been successful because of the family culture he has created with his students,” said Dan Caffrey, juvenile court liaison at Charles City High School. “Don does an amazing job providing his students with opportunities to connect in our community, as well as do community service projects. His wisdom and cultural construction are unparalleled.

The Iowa Association of Alternative Education is an organization that supports education programs designed to help students who learn best in non-traditional settings. For more information, visit the organization online.