Veteran teachers Barb Valen and Margaret White were honored by their peers for their years of service to the Estherville Lincoln Central School District Tuesday afternoon.
It was ELC superintendent Tara Paul who offered the first accolades, saying it was teachers like Valen and White who helped make Sunday's ELC High School graduation happen.
"They (graduates) didn't get there by themselves. They got there because of teachers," Paul said.
"Barb and Margaret are exemplary teachers. They are ever the professionals," said Lili Jensen, ELCEA president.
Valen was born and raised in Estherville and graduated from Estherville High School. She then attended Iowa Lakes Community College then Buena Vista University where she received her teaching degree.
She started at Estherville in 1985 as a reading aide then taught fourth grade at Roosevelt for 25 years.
Valen and her husband, Mark, have three children Tara, Tony and Eric, and seven grandchildren. Her hobbies are reading, baking, riding bike and walking and she looks forward to spending more time with her grandchildren when she retires.
White is also an Estherville native, Estherville High School graduate, attended Iowa Lakes and received her teaching degree from BVU.
She started her teaching career as a Title I teacher then transferred to teach seventh then fifth grade where she remained the rest of her career.
She and her husband, Craig, have three children, Kristy, Brad and Betsy, and eight grandchildren. Margaret hopes to have more time with her grandchildren once she retires and she and her husband are also planning a couple trips and hope to do more traveling.