Patty Lansink, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Sioux City, is the recipient of the Carmen Sosa Leadership Award presented in November by the Iowa Culture and Language Conference (ICLC) in Coralville, Iowa.
This award goes to an educator who embodies the ideals, actions, and vision for empowering English Language Learners (ELL).
The honor is presented in memory of Dr. Carmen P. Sosa, former English as a Second Language (ESL), bilingual and foreign language consultant for the Iowa Department of Education, whose spirit inspired further development of the ICLC.
Administrators of schools, school districts, area education agencies, the Iowa Department of Education or intensive English programs and institutions of higher education who embody the ideals, actions, and vision for empowering ELL may be nominated for the award.
The staff of St. Rose of Lima School, Denison, nominated Lansink. With assistance from Sherri Anderson at Northwest Area Education Agency, the staff convinced Lansink to be part of an “administrator panel session” during the ICLC luncheon to get her to the awards ceremony.
Lansink served as interim superintendent, prior to being named superintendent in February. While interim superintendent, Lansink also served as principal at St. Rose of Lima School, a position she had held since 2011. From 2015-17, Lansink was assistant superintendent of Catholic schools. She has more than 20 years of experience in education.