Twyla Kleen… the school nurse for the Storm Lake Elementary School… has been named the 2014 School Nurse of the Year by the Iowa School Nurse Organization.
Kleen has been a school nurse for 14 years, and is employed by Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. She was nominated for the award by elementary principal Juli Kwikkel… who says when a child or staff member needs help, Kleena is there with kind words, a gentle hand, and medical expertise… her assistance goes way beyond school walls.
Storm Lake Elementary School serves 900 students with 82-percent coming from diverse backgrounds and speaking 18 different languages. Kleen communicates with students using pictures, interpreters, puppets, stories, and flash cards. She gets a big grin on her face when she talks about telling stories and using puppets with her students, and Kleen loves to make children laugh.
Kwikkel says Kleen has helped many students with severe medical conditions, and has assisted students in need of organ transplants and cancer.