Ruth Ann Gaines

Humanitarian AwardTitle: 1) State Legislator
2) Secondary School Educator (Retired)
Company: 1) Iowa House of Representatives 2) East High School
Location: Des Moines, IA United States


  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • CANDEO, Board Member
  • City Wide Strategic Plan (1994-1995)
  • Delta Kappa Pi
  • Delta Kappa Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Des Moines Area Religious Council (1988-1989)
  • Des Moines City Council (2004)
  • Des Moines Education Association
  • Des Moines Human Rights Commissioner (2004-2012)
  • Des Moines Tutoring Center
  • Friends of Des Moines Human Rights
  • Hospice of Central Iowa
  • Iowa Arts Council (2008-2012)
  • Iowa Education Association
  • Loras College, Board of Regents (2001-2004)
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Polk County Mental Health Association
  • Ambrose Cathedral (1981-1983)
  • State Foster Care Review Board (2000)
  • Very Special Arts
  • Westminster House
  • YWCA of Greater Des Moines


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2017)
  • Featured Member, “Who’s Who in the Midwest,” Marquis Who’s Who (2000-2016)
  • Featured Member, “Who’s Who in the World,” Marquis Who’s Who (2006-2016)
  • Featured Member, “Who’s Who in America,” Marquis Who’s Who (2000-2014)
  • Featured Member, “Who’s Who in American Politics,” Marquis Who’s Who (2014, 2012)
  • Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, Delta Sigma Theta (2012)
  • Recipient, Alpha Phi Alpha Merit Award (2014)
  • Recipient, DMEA Friend of Education Award (2014)
  • Featured Member, “Who’s Who of American Women,” Marquis Who’s Who (2002-2011)
  • Recipient, Fort Des Moines Volunteer Award (2011)
  • Recipient, Broadway Teacher of Year (2010)
  • Featured Member, “Who’s Who in American Education,” Marquis Who’s Who (2006-2008)
  • Recipient, Martin Luther King Junior Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)
  • Recipient, Iowa Character Counts Award (2005)
  • Inductee, Iowa African-American Hall of Fame (2004)
  • Inductee, National Teacher Hall of Fame (2003)
  • Graduate, Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute (2002)
  • Honoree, All-USA Teacher 3D Team Recognition Award, USA TODAY (2002)
  • Honoree, Woman of Influence Recognition Award, Business Record, Des Moines (2002)
  • Recipient, Central Iowa Women of Influence Award (2002)
  • Recipient, I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa Heritage Legacy Award (2002)
  • Inductee, Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame (2001)
  • Recipient, University Iowa’s Phyllis M. Yeager Commitment to Diversity Award (2001)
  • Recipient, Friends of Iowa Civil Rights Commission Teacher of Year Award (2000)
  • Recipient, Angel in Adoption Award (1999)
  • Recipient, Iowa Teacher of Year Award (1998)
  • Recipient, Wal-Mart Teacher of Year Award (1998)
  • Recipient, Teacher of the Year Award, Rotary HS (1993)
  • Recipient, YWCA Women of Achievement Award (1987)
  • Recipient, National Teacher of the Year Award

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