Twila Parker Lummer


"Twila Lummer has made a difference in generations of people—pregnant teens, adolescent mothers, their children and the parents of these young women.”
—Vada L. Babcock, 1987

Twila Parker Lummer developed a model program that paved the way for nearly 2,000 pregnant teenagers in Davenport, Iowa and countless others nationwide to attend high school. Lummer founded the Teenage Adolescent Pregnancy Program in the late 1960s, in which classes in prenatal care, consumer education, and infant nurturing were additions to the regular high school curriculum. She is a national advocate for the education of pregnant teenagers and young parents, becoming a charter member of the National Organization for Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting in 1979. She served as NOAPP treasurer from 1982 to 1985. She added another needed educational service in Davenport by collaborating with a local psychiatrist in developing a hospital school for children and adolescents on the mental health unit of Mercy Hospital. Lummer, who has a master's degree in special education, began her career as home instruction teacher for the physically disabled. In 1986, Western Illinois University honored her as the first woman to receive the Arnold Salisbury Leadership Award. She also received the Governor's Volunteer Award for work with the Iowa Department of Health in adolescent pregnancy and parenting. Lummer was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1988.  

UPDATE: Lummer is a member of the Advisory Council, Department of Educational Administration and Supervisors, College of Education, Western Illinois University; Episcopal Trinity Cathedral’s Positive Parenting At Trinity; the Foundation Board of Vera French Mental Health Center; and has served on the Allocation Board of the Scott County Regional Authority in the dispersing of funds received from the Diamond Lady Riverboat. These funds were allocated to the Domestic Abuse Center, Maternal Health Center, the D.A.R.E. program of the Bettendorf Police Department, the CASI Center, the Bettendorf Children's Museum, and many other nonprofit groups.