Van Boven LCSD Teacher of the Year


Mrs. Janet Van Boven has been selected as the Le Mars Community Schools’ 2023 Teacher of the Year and awarded the annual Decades of Excellence Crystal Bell award.
Mrs. Van Boven has served as a special education teacher at Franklin Elementary since joining the Le Mars Community School District ten (10) years ago. In addition, she is currently a member of Franklin Elementary’s CARE team committee and the district’s MTSS team (MultiTiered Systems of Support). Mrs. Van Boven is involved in the community as a leader in her church and in promoting the work of the PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization).
Mrs. Van Boven resides in Le Mars with her husband Sean and their two children; Melanie, a 5th grader, and Jacoby, a 2nd grader at Franklin Elementary.
Mrs. Van Boven was nominated for this award by her colleagues, friends, and family. The Decades of Excellence Crystal Bell award is co-sponsored by the LCSD Foundation and the LCS Alumni Association. The award is presented annually to honor outstanding teachers who have dedicated their careers to the education of our children.
Mrs. Van Boven will be honored at the Foundation Banquet on Wednesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center. The public is invited to attend this event. Tickets are available in the Superintendent’s Office by calling 546-4155.

Pictured below, left to right: Debra Ahlers, President, LCSD Foundation; Mrs. Van Boven; Val Smith, President, LCS Alumni Association