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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 Career Achievement 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 2023 ISSWA Award Recipients:

Stacey Warren- Iowa School Social Worker of the YeaR


Kristi Upah - Friend of Children Award

These well-deserved recipients were recognized at the Awards Ceremony at our 2023 Midwest School Social Work Conference Conference for their dedication to serving home, school & community. 

Right: Photos of the 2023 ISSWA Award Recipients.

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