ISSWA recognizes two school social workers each year based on nominations received: 

Iowa School Social Worker of the Year and Leahgreta Spears Career Achievement Award. 

Past Iowa School Social Worker of the Year Recipients

Past Leahgreta Spears Award Recipients

ISSWA also recognizes a non-school social worker each year based on nominations who exemplifies the qualities of a school social worker in a different field:

Past Friend of Children Award Recipients

Last, ISSWA recognizes a Legislator who supports youth, education, mental health, and/or school social work to receive the Legislator of the Year Award.

Past Legislator of the Year Award Recipients

Congratulations to our 2019 ISSWA Award Recipients:

jean Boger - Iowa School Social Worker of the Year

nancy lynch - Leahgreta spears career achievement Award

shirley holbach - Friend of Children Award


These well-deserved recipients were recognized at the Awards Banquet at our 2019 ISSWA Annual Conference for their dedication to serving home, school & community. 

Right: Photos of the ISSWA 2019 ISSWA Award Recipients

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