Sieda Community Action is proud to announce Lora Condra, Sieda Head Start Teacher, was named the Iowa Head Start Association Teacher of the Year for the 2021-2022 program year. The award is presented to one Iowa teacher in a Head Start classroom who provides a meaningful and positive impact on children and families served by Head Start.

“Lora is a compassionate, innovative, and patient teacher,” said Morgan Small, Sieda Head Start Center Supervisor and Condra’s leader. “Lora provides special support to students who struggle academically and developmentally and is always willing to work longer with students to make sure that they understand a skill or lesson. She creates new and exciting ways to teach, engages children in higher thinking, and models supportive characteristics in her classroom.”

Condra is a 24-year veteran who teaches for Sieda in their Centerville Head Start Center. She and Sieda’s Liz Fairchild, Iowa Head Start Association Administrator of the Year, will receive their awards at the Iowa Head Start Association annual meeting in September.

“I am incredibly proud of Lora. She, like all our Head Start staff, works tirelessly to ensure our students have the best possible education and are well prepared to succeed in school. Not only going above and beyond for our students, Lora is also a role model and resource for other Head Start staff at Sieda. I cannot imagine a teacher, in any preschool setting, who is more deserving of this recognition,” said Brian Dunn, Sieda’s Executive Director.

Picture of Lora Condra