Charles City high school teacher inducted into IAAE Hall of Fame

(ABC 6 News) – A Charles City High School teacher has been inducted into the Iowa Association of Alternative Education Hall of Fame.

Don Betts, director and teacher at Carrie Lane High School, was inducted into the hall which "honors those who have made significant contributions to the field of alternative education, ranging from specific innovations to research, publications and an ability to engage and inspire students, colleagues and the greater community."

In nominating Betts for the IAAE Hall of Fame, students and colleagues alike pointed to his ability to build community and connect with students on a personal level.

“Don Betts and Carrie Lane High School have been successful because of the family culture he has created with his students,” said Dan Caffrey, juvenile court liaison officer at Charles City High School.

“Don does an amazing job of providing opportunities for his students to get connected in our community, as well as perform community service projects. His wisdom and culture building are second to none.”