Tracie Chapo — 2021 Nebraska Teacher of the Year
The Air Force Association (AFA) named Lincoln North Star High School biology teacher Tracie Chapo the 2021 Nebraska Teacher of the Year. Representatives from the AFA Lincoln Chapter 187 presented the award to biology teacher Tracie Chapo in her classroom in October. The annual award honors exemplary K-12 educators who make a profound difference in the lives of their students and the community. It salutes classroom teachers who promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and prepare students to use and contribute to tomorrow’s technologies.
The Air Force Association named Lincoln North Star High School biology teacher Tracie Chapo the 2021 Nebraska Teacher of the Year.
North Star Principal Ryan Zabawa had this to say about Chapo:
“Tracie is a brilliant person and a master teacher. I have never met anyone who is more meticulous in planning lessons and providing meaningful and relevant student activities and authentic assessments. I am pretty certain she could author a biology textbook if she wanted to. She also has a classroom presence that demands attention and student engagement. She doesn’t quit on students and does everything possible to get them to achieve. She is a model for great teaching and she is a North Star Navigator!”
Lincoln Public Schools Curriculum Specialist for Science Betsy Barent said this about Chapo:
“It is no surprise that Tracie received this award. It is a testament to her commitment to her students. She knows that true learning comes from curiosity and engagement in the science classroom, and so over her more than 20 years of teaching she has striven to create a learning environment that is relevant to the lives of her students. We are so very fortunate to have Tracie on our staff working with students and preparing them for their futures. Thank you, Tracie!”
That the Lincoln Board of Education adopt the following resolution:
WHEREAS, the Air Force Association named Lincoln North Star High School biology teacher Tracie Chapo the 2021 Nebraska Teacher of the Year; and
WHEREAS, Tracie Chapo has shown a deep commitment to teaching that is widely admired by her colleagues both at North Star and across the school district; and
WHEREAS, Tracie Chapo works tirelessly to ensure that every student reaches their full potential in her classroom; and
WHEREAS, Tracie Chapo strives to make science relevant and engaging for her students.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Lincoln Board of Education does hereby congratulate Tracie Chapo for being named the 2021 Nebraska Teacher of the Year by the Air Force Association.
Updated March 23, 2022