Greenacres Elementary School first-grade teacher JoAnn Dowling was honored Tuesday by Mayor Tom Towey and the Spokane Valley City Council for her contributions to the community.
Dowling was presented with a Key to the City as part of Spokane Valley's Ten Year Anniversary Community Recognition Program.
"Mrs. Dowling is exactly the kind of person we want to recognize with this program," Towey said. "She is someone who is making a difference through the everyday work she does, but who might not otherwise be widely known in the community."
Dowling was nominated for the honor by Kim Johnson, whose daughter is a former student who Johnson says recalls her time in Dowling's class with fondness.
"[Mrs. Dowling's] ability not only to instruct but truly engage young students is a gift," said Johnson. "Our community continues to reap the benefits of Mrs. Dowling's dedicated service thanks to the ripple effect from the many residents -- both young and no longer all that young - who have passed through her classroom."
Dowling is the first to be recognized through the Community Recognition Program, which is part of the year-long celebration of the City's Ten Year Anniversary.
Community members are encouraged to nominate individuals/organizations/businesses whose efforts have contributed positively to the Spokane Valley community. Information on the program and nomination forms can be found at www.spokanevalley10.com by selecting the Community Recognition button.
To be considered for February's award, nominations are due Feb. 5, but nominations may be made at any time through December 5, 2013.
An honoree will be selected each month from all nominations received to date.