Sue Hovey Mentoring Award

The award will be given annually to a current IEA member who has formally or informally mentored new or struggling colleague(s).

Nomination Guidelines and Form (PDF version)

Nomination Guidelines



Sue Hovey was an Idaho teacher and IEA member for more than four decades. She started her teaching career in 1968 at Moscow High School and continued her education, earning her master’s from UI in 1978. In addition to teaching, she developed the gifted and talented program in the Moscow School District. In addition to teaching, Sue was an active leader at the local, state, and national levels of the Association. She served two terms on the Executive Committee of the National Education Association. Beginning in 1986, she served as one of 35 members of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and served until 1993. This group set national standards of excellence for teaching and then created the first ever national level recognition of master teachers. From 1992 through 1996, Sue was a program organizer and teacher for the Acceleration Program for Students at Risk at Moscow Junior High School. In 1998, she helped develop UI’s first ever program of support for teachers seeking National Board Certification. She worked with Washington and Hawaii to create similar programs in those states.

Following her retirement from the school district, Sue was an adjunct professor with UI from 1998 to 2013, an adjunct professor for Washington State University from 2001 to 2003, and a consultant for the Hawaii State Teacher Standards Board from 2002 to 2004.


Guidelines for Selection:

  • The award will be given annually to a current IEA member who has formally or informally mentored new or struggling colleague(s).
  • The award will be limited to one award annually.
  • Recipients must be a current member of the Idaho Education Association.
  • Nominations may come from individual members, groups of members, local Associations, or IEA regions.
  • The Awards Subcommittee of the IEA Board of Directors will screen nominations submitted to the Board.  The awards subcommittee will make a recommendation to the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors will make the final decision regarding award winners.
  • The award will be given at the IEA Delegate Assembly.
  • The award will be given only if an acceptable nominee is selected.
  • Information about the Sue Hovey Mentoring Award will be published at least once each year.
  • The award will consist of an appropriate plaque. In addition, the name of the award recipient will be engraved on a perpetual plaque on display in the headquarters’ offices of the Idaho Education Association. In addition, payment of the IEA membership dues shall be paid for the award recipient for the ensuing year.
  • Travel shall be allotted to the award recipient per current IEA per diem to attend the IEA Award Ceremony at Delegate Assembly. (07,16,17)

Awards Sue Hovey

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