February 13, 2008

Paul Mann Honored Posthumously by the NEA

We are proud to announce that one of our caucus pioneers, Paul Mann, who was taken from us suddenly Friday, September 29, 2006 will be honored posthumously at this year's NEA Human and Civil Right's Dinner at the NEA RA in Washington, DC.

Paul Mann, a nationally recognized NEA and ISEA leader from Des Moines, Iowa will be honored with the presigious Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award.

Paul's life-long best friend and wife, Lola Mann, will receive the award in Paul's name. Special thanks go out to Nancy Porter, NEA Peace and Justice Executive Committee Member, for her work in nominating our friend for this honor. Nancy's friendship with Paul is truly inspiring.

Irmavae Applegate, who served as 1966-67 NEA President, was a member of the Executive Committee of the World Confederation of Organizations of the Teaching Profession (now Education International). Sidney Dorros was the staff consultant to the NEA Bicentennial Committee.

NEA presents the Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award to an NEA member, NEA local affiliate, and/or NEA state affiliate whose activities in education contribute to international understanding and motivate youth to work for world peace. To be eligible for this award, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria:

1. Serve as a leader in efforts to further international understanding among Americans.

2. Make lasting contributions to the cause of international peace.

3. Inspire youth to study and become involved in methods for realizing international peace.

4. Promote international understanding, peace, and cooperation among the nations of the world.

The NEA Peace & Justice Caucus will also be honoring students for their contribution to Peace & Justice with the Paul Mann Youth Activism Award. Also notable is the work being done to build a Chiapas School named for Paul--the Paul Mann Teacher Training Center.

Take a moment to view this short piece that we've dedicated to our dear friend Paul.

Paul Mann

Paul W Mann died suddenly Friday, September 29, 2006 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. He graduated from East Monona High School in 1965. Paul earned his BS in Education at Central Missouri State University in 1969 and a Masters of Public Administration from Drake in 1981.

Paul taught in the Des Moines Public Schools from 1969 until present. He had been a social science and English teacher, a School Within a School Work Advisor, In-School Suspension Advisor, and currently was a world civilization and government teacher at Central Academy. He had served as President of the Des Moines Education Association (8 years), National Co-Chair of the NEA Peace and Justice Caucus, NCUEA Midwest Regional Director, NEA and ISEA Resolutions Committees, NEA Congressional Contact Team, and ISEA PAC Vice President. He also served as a member of the DSM Teacher Retirement System Advisory Board. Paul was a delegate for the NEA Representative Assembly for the past 30 years. He currently served on the DMEA and ISEA Executive Boards. Paul was a national delegate to the National Democratic Conventions (1976 - 1984). He was also a member of the Iowa Democratic Party Central Committee and was active in the Democratic Party.

"...Did you ever know that you're OUR hero..."

In 1977, Paul accepted President Carter's invitation to attend his White House Reception following his 1977 Inaugural Address (and Paul played Peter Gunn on the piano in the White House)! In 1980, Paul attended a White House Briefing on Strategic Arms Limitation Talks by US Secretary of Defense, Zbigniew Bryzezinski. In 1981, Paul was one of 2 people nominated by Drake University to be a US Presidential Management Intern. In 1989, he received the DMEA Ruth Foster Award.

Paul worked tirelessly to improve conditions for students and educators alike. Paul dedicated his knowledge and leadership to Des Moines Public Schools for 37 years. He was an effective, creative, caring, fun loving, and enthusiastic teacher.

Whatever Paul pursued, he did with passion and joy which is evident by his love of spending time with his family and numerous friends, helping others, creating simulations for his classes, traveling, astronomy, archeology, geology, history, politics, canoeing, multiple personal collections, biking, bocce ball, soccer, RAGBRAI, woodworking, puzzles, animals, singing and music.

We will miss you at the microphone sir... I think that our assembly will be quiet in your absence. That is why we will celebrate you...and why we will miss you.

Memorials may be made to the Paul W. Mann Peace and Justice Fund or the Paul W. Mann Memorial Fund.

CLICK HERE to contact Paul's wife, Lola, if you are interested in making a donation in our fallen friend's name.


Anonymous said...

I just want to say a big thank you from Paul's large extended family. It is so comforting to know how much others miss him as well. I am Paul's niece and also a teacher in DMPS. I have had former students of his come up to me and tell me how much they still miss him and how he was their favorite teacher. Again, thank you for honoring him in this way.
Jana Tabat

Anonymous said...

Those who knew Dad would agree, he would be in high spirits and deeply honored to receive such a prestigious award. I am gratful to Nancy and his wonderful friends who worked so hard to make this possible. Thank you for keeping his memory alive!
Melanie Mann

Anonymous said...

Those who knew Dad would agree, he would be in high spirits and deeply honored to receive such a prestigious award. I am gratful to Nancy and his wonderful friends who worked so hard to make this possible. Thank you for keeping his memory alive!
Melanie Mann

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Lola and Marianne and the rest of Paul's family. What an honor. Bill Mason