Beth Anne Shellenberg believed in public education because she knew it was the path her students could follow to leave poverty behind. She also served on state and national committees to advocate for both children and educators, said her longtime partner, Gracie Oviedo.
Shellenberg died Sunday from an infection after months of cancer treatment. She was 55.
When Shellenberg got a degree in education from the University of Northern Iowa, she was following in her father’s footsteps.
He was the principal at her elementary school, so she knew how he operated — so much so that while teaching in Santa Rosa in the Valley, she told her principal, “My dad wouldn’t have done anything like that,” said her mother, Marilyn Shellenberg. She was almost fired for the remark. Read More