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Coral Su: 2022 Nebraska Chinese Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska International Language Association (NILA) and the Chinese Language Teachers of America – Nebraska Chapter (CLTA-NE)

Background North Star High School teacher Coral Su was honored as the 2022 Chinese Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska International Language Association (NILA) and the Chinese Language Teachers of America – Nebraska Chapter (CLTA-NE).The Nebraska International Languages Association is a professional organization dedicated to the support and promotion of the teaching of languages […]

Sara Parkening: 2022 Nebraska French Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska International Language Association (NILA) and the Nebraska Association of Teachers of French (NATF)

Background Pound Middle School French teacher Sara Parkening was honored as the 2022 Nebraska French Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska International Language Association (NILA) and the Nebraska Association of Teachers of French (NATF).The Nebraska International Languages Association is a professional organization dedicated to the support and promotion of the teaching of languages in […]

Kenny Cope— 2022 Nebraska Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE Nebraska

Background Fredstrom Elementary School Physical Education teacher Kenny Cope was named the 2022 Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE Nebraska). SHAPE Nebraska is a state affiliate of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. SHAPE’s mission is to promote healthy lifestyles […]

Janine Marker — 2022 Nebraska Preschool Paraeducator of the Year Award by Nebraska Department of Education

Background Janine Marker served as a preschool paraeducator at Fredstrom Elementary School prior to becoming the schools’ registrar. Recently, Janine was named the 2022 Nebraska Preschool Paraeducator of the Year by the Nebraska Department of Education. Explanation Each year, the Nebraska Department of Education recognizes paraeducators who demonstrate the highest standard of performance in carrying […]

Tommy Bender — National Council of Teachers of English 2022 High School Teacher of Excellence, and Nebraska English Language Arts Council 2022-23 English Teacher of the Year

Background Tommy Bender, Southeast High School English teacher, was recently honored with two awards during the 36th Annual Plum Creek Literacy Festival. Bender was named 2022 High School Teacher of Excellence by the National Council of Teachers of English, and Nebraska English Language Arts Council 2022-2023 English Teacher of the Year. Explanation Southeast High School […]

Hanna Savidge — Rookie Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics

Background Hanna Savidge, fourth grade teacher at Randolph Elementary School, has been named 2022 Rookie Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics. This award was established in 2000 to honor rookie mathematics teachers who demonstrate outstanding teaching in their beginning years of teaching. Explanation The Nebraska Association of Teachers of […]

Lorinda Rice — Nebraska Art Teachers Association Roscoe Shields Service Award

Background Lorinda Rice, LPS Curriculum Specialist for Visual Arts, was honored with the Nebraska Art Teachers Association Roscoe Shields Service Award. This award recognizes an individual who has exhibited dedication and commitment to art education in Nebraska through sustained leadership and service. It is the highest award the Nebraska Art Teachers Association has to offer. […]

Kelli Ackerman — Nebraska Association of School Business Officials Outstanding Business Official of the Year

Background Kelli Ackerman, Lincoln Public Schools Director of Accounting and Payroll, has been named the 2022 Outstanding Business Official of the Year by the Nebraska Association of School Business Officials. This award recognizes individuals who have exhibited outstanding and visionary leadership in school business management. Explanation The Nebraska Association of School Business Officials named Kelli […]

Courtney Pentland — President of the American Association of School Librarians

Background Courtney Pentland, school librarian at North Star High School, has been elected the 2023-2024 President of the American Association of School Librarians. She will serve as President-elect of the national organization during 2022-2023. Explanation North Star High School Librarian Courtney Pentland has been elected by her peers to serve as President for the American […]

JJ Toczek — 2021-22 NSAA District I Athletic Director of the Year

Background J.J. Toczek – Southeast High School Director of Athletics and Activities – was named the 2021-22 District I Athletic Director of the Year by the Nebraska State Athletic Administrators Association. Criteria for the award include having at least eight years of experience as an athletic administrator, being active both on the state and national […]

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