Awards & Honors


Among his many awards, David Burrow was named the Educator of the Year for the Sioux City Diocese in 2010.  It is particularly unusual for a Protestant to win this award, and he was very proud to receive it.  In 2017 the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics honored him with their Friend of Mathematics Award.  He was a statewide finalist for Iowa Teacher of the Year in 1993, and he was also named the Outstanding Educator for Kossuth County by the Algona Jaycees in 1994..  He has also twice received the Governor's Award for Volunteerism from the State of Iowa.  He was also honored as a Friend of Mathematics by the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 2018.

Mr. Burrow has received several other honors; among them being nominated twice (most recently in 2004) for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching and winning the Bernard and Thelma Meister Award for Excellence in Education. In 1997 he received an award for "Leadership in Mathematics Reform" for serving as a demonstration classroom teacher for the Lakeland Area Education Agency, and in 2001 he received a citation for volunteerism from the state of Iowa.  Perhaps his highest honors have been when former students have mentioned him as someone who made a difference in their lives.

Mr. Burrow is also a member of the Phi Delta Kappa honorary fraternity in education. He has spoken at several mathematics and education conferences. His article on the Iowa Communications Network fiber optics system was published in the Fall, 1996 ICTM Journal, and he has co-authored at least five other journal articles. He was also co-author of the 1999 book Teaching on Television, for which he received part of a Title III "Strengthening Instruction" grant from the U.S. Department of Education to produce the book.

Mr. Burrow is listed in the following honorary publications:


Bishop's Award for Excellence in Education

This I Believe Award
The first major award Mr. Burrow received was second place in the 1976 All-Iowa High School Forensic Finals.
His speech "Should You Have the Right to Die?" was entered in the "This I Believe" category.
(photo from the Mount Pleasant News).

Teacher of the Year
Governor Terry Branstad presents David Burrow with his finalist award for Iowa Teacher of the Year

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