The Brenda and Tom Wickham Educational Service Award was presented to two Western Dubuque teachers on May 28 at the Epworth and Peosta, Iowa, Elementary centers.

Tammy Vancleve, a third grade teacher at Epworth Elementary School; and Lisa Dallefeld, a reading specialist at Peosta Elementary School, were this year’s recipients.

Vancleve completed her 26th year of teaching in Western Dubuque. She previously taught special education at Drexler Middle School in Farley, Iowa, before transferring to Epworth Elementary School, where she taught first grade before moving into a third grade classroom. She also was the assistant varsity volleyball coach at Western Dubuque High School.

Vancleve is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and has nearly 40 hours of continuing education from Drake University, Marycrest College, Loras College and the University of Northern Iowa. She lives in Dubuque with her husband, Denny. The couple has two married daughters, Sarah and Stacy. She is the fifth Western Dubuque graduate to win this award.

Dallefeld is in her 20th year of teaching in Western Dubuque. For 12 years, she was a one-half-time teacher in the primary grades at Drexler Elementary School. For the past eight years, she has taught at Peosta Elementary School as a first grade teacher and reading specialist.

She is a graduate of Western Illinois University, with a Bachelor of Science in education. Dallefeld and her husband, Karl, live in Worthington, Iowa, and have three grown children — Laura, Kyle and Kelsey — and three grandchildren.

The award was established by the eight Wickham children in recognition of their parents 55 years as educators in Western Dubuque. It’s presented annually to a Western Dubuque staff member from the schools the Wickham children attended and who exemplify excellence and commitment to students and education.

Two $1,000 awards were given. A group of past winners selected the 2019 recipients. This marked the 18th year for the awards.

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