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Megan O’Brien—2018 Nebraska Outstanding Young Music Educator

Background The Nebraska Music Education Association (NMEA) named Zeman Elementary School teacher Megan O’Brien the 2018 Outstanding Young Music Educator. The NMEA represents all phases of music education in Nebraska schools, colleges and universities, with more than 1,200 members from across the state. The Outstanding Young Music Educator award recognizes excellence in music education by […]

Nissa Sturgeon—2018 Nebraska Middle School Art Educator of the Year

Background The Nebraska Art Teachers Association named Nissa Sturgeon the 2018 Middle School Art Educator of the Year. Sturgeon teaches at Park Middle School. The Middle School Art Educator of the Year award honors a teacher who has made outstanding contributions to art education in the classroom and beyond, including the school, district, community and […]

Lincoln Public Schools has been honored as the national “Champion for Computer Science” school district for 2018.

Background Lincoln Public Schools has been named the national “Champion for Computer Science” school district for 2018 by the Computer Science Teachers Association and Code.org. They cited efforts by LPS to make computer science education accessible for all students. Awards were given in the categories of students, teachers, schools and school districts. LPS Curriculum Specialist […]

Doreen Ainslie Honored With the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence

Background Doreen Ainslie, a social studies teacher at Mickle Middle School, was honored with the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence from the NEA Foundation. The national award recognizes dedication to the profession, community engagement, professional development, attention to diversity and advocacy for fellow educators. Ainslie will be honored in February at the Salute to […]

Rousseau Elementary School honored as a 2018 Blue Ribbon School and designated as “Exemplary High Performing” by the U.S. Department of Education

Background Rousseau Elementary School has been honored as a 2018 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The school earned this distinction for its overall academic performance and its progress in closing achievement gaps. Rousseau is one of only 349 schools in the country and four in Nebraska to earn the honor this […]

Tracy Way honored with the Nebraska Spirit of Advising Award from the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organization

Background Tracy Way, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Lincoln Southwest High School, was recently honored with Nebraska’s 2018 Spirit of Advising Award from the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America student organization. The award recognizes Way for her work as adviser for the school’s FCCLA chapter. FCCLA helps students grow as leaders […]

Ten business teachers with Lincoln Public Schools honored with B.E.S.T. (Belong, Excel, Study and Travel) Awards by the Nebraska Department of Education

Background The Nebraska Department of Education recently honored ten Lincoln Public Schools business teachers with B.E.S.T. (Belong, Excel, Study and Travel) Awards. The award recognizes involvement in professional associations, community and school activities, professional leadership development and service to the business education profession, as well as their dedication to students, community outreach and continual classroom […]

Becky Coatney named Nebraska Manager of the Year by the School Nutrition Association

Background Becky Coatney, food service manager at Rousseau Elementary School, was recently honored as the 2017-18 Nebraska Manager of the Year by the School Nutrition Association. The School Nutrition Association is a national organization representing more than 58,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. The Manager of the Year award […]

Camelle Kinney named American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year Merit Finalist

Background Camelle Kinney, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Lincoln North Star High School, was recently honored by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) as a Teacher of the Year Merit Finalist – one of only two in the country. Kinney received her award June 25 at the AAFCS national conference […]

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