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Contact

Lora Sypal, Coordinator
(402) 471-5059
lora.sypal@nebraska.gov

Sponsors

Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska State Board of Education
Data Recognition Corporation (DRC)
BlueCross BlueShield of Nebraska
Nebraska Association of School Boards
Nebraska Council of School Administrators
Nebraska Parent Teacher Association
Nebraska State Education Association
SMART Technologies
Dillard's Department Store, Lincoln, Nebraska
The Sherwood Foundation
Union Bank & Trust Company
The Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Inc.
ConAgra Foods Foundation

The National Teacher of the Year Program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the ING and People to People Ambassador Programs.

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Teachers of the Year

The Nebraska Awards of Excellence Program, which feature selection of the Nebraska Teacher of the Year, serves to recognize the contributions of the classroom teacher.

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2014 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Kristi Bundy

Kristi Bundy
Language Arts and Science Teacher (Grade 6)

Contact Information:
Ashland-Greenwood Middle School
1842 Furnas Street
Ashland, NE 68003
(402) 944-2114
Email:kristi.bundy@agps.org

News Release
Brochure

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2013 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Angela Mosier

Angela Mosier
Mathematics Teacher (Grades 9-12)

Contact Information:
Westside High School
8701 Pacific Street
Omaha, NE 68114
(402) 343-2600
Email:amosier@westside66.org

News Release
Brochure

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2012 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Luisa Palomo

Luisa Palomo
Kindergarten Teacher

Contact Information:
Liberty Elementary School
2021 St. Mary's Avenue
Omaha, NE 68102
(402) 898-1697
Email: Luisa.Palomo@ops.org

News Release
Brochure
"Why I teach?" video

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2011 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Bob Feurer

Bob Feurer
Science Teacher (Grades 7-12)

Contact Information:
North Bend Central High School
1320 Walnut Street
North Bend, NE 68649-0160
(402) 652-3268
Email: bfeurer@esu2.org

News Release
Brochure

"Why I teach?" video - 2011 Overview
"Why I teach?" video

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2010 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Michael Fryda

Michael Fryda
Science Teacher (Grade 9)

Contact Information:
Westside High School
8701 Pacific Street
Omaha, NE 68114
(402) 343-2729
Email: mfryda@westside66.org

Brochure
"Why I teach?" video
(scroll down the page to find Michael Fryda, Nebraska)

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2009 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Dan McCarthy

Daniel R. McCarthy (Retired)
Mechanical & Architectural Drafting Teacher (Grades 9-12)
Hastings Senior High School, Hastings

Contact Information:
1934 Home Street
Hastings, NE 68901
(402) 462-2236
Email: mccarthyd53@gmail.com

Brochure
"Why I teach?" video

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2008 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Mary Schlieder

Mary Schlieder
Special Education Teacher

Contact Information:
Norris High School
25211 South 68th Street
Firth, NE 68358-9732
(402) 791-0010, Ext. 2298
Email: mary.schlieder@nsdtitans.org

"Why I teach?" video

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2007 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Maddie Fennell

Maddie Fennell
Fourth Grade Teacher

Contact Information:
714 North 72nd Avenue
Omaha, NE  68114
(402) 871-6575
Email: maddiefennell@gmail.com

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2006 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Patricia Koch Johns

Patricia Koch Johns (Retired)
Theatre/Speech/English Teacher
Lincoln High School, Lincoln

Contact Information:
441 Cottonwood
Lincoln, NE 68510
(402) 416-3374
Email: pk.cozadlincolntheatre@gmail.com

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2005 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Brenda Zabel

Brenda Zabel
Science Teacher (Grades 9-12)

Contact Information:
Westside High School
8701 Pacific Street
Omaha, NE 68114
(402) 343-2732
Email: brendazabel@westside66.org

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2004 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Diane Woodford

Diane Woodford (Retired)
Fifth Grade Teacher
Covington Elementary School, South Sioux City

Contact Information:
515 Silver Lane
Sergeant Bluff, IA 51054
(712) 943-5961
Email: woodforddiane@hotmail.com

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2003 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Suzanne Ratzlaff

Suzanne Ratzlaff (Retired)
Fourth Grade Teacher
Heartland Community Schools, Henderson/Bradshaw

Contact Information:
2204 East 7 Road
Hampton, NE 68843
(402) 723-4252
Email: csratz@mainstaycomm.net

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2002 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Anne Cognard

Anne Cognard (Retired)
English Teacher
East High School, Lincoln

Contact Information:
Email: acognard@windstream.net

Brochure

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2001 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Mary Jane Caffey

Mary Jane Caffey (Retired)
English/History/Japanese Teacher (Grades 7-12)
Valley High School, Valley

Contact Information:
Mayor
P.O. Box 682
Valley, NE 68064
(402) 359-2251
Email: mcaffey@cox.net

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2000 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

John Heineman

John Heineman
International Baccalaureate and AP Coordinator

Contact Information:
Lincoln High School
2229 J Street
Lincoln, NE 68510
(402) 436-1301
Email: jheine@lps.org

Brochure

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1999 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Helen Banzhaf (Retired)
Math Teacher and High Ability Education Teacher
Seward High School, Seward

Contact Information:
2421 McKelvie Road
Seward, NE 68434
(402) 643-2080
Email: helen.banzhaf@connectseward.org

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1998 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Patricia Randolph (Retired)
Spanish/Gifted Teacher
Scottsbluff High School, Scottsbluff

Contact Information:
P.O. Box 133
Minatare, NE 69356
(308) 783-1446
Email: patrandolph@embarqmail.com

Brochure

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1997 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Celine Robertson (Retired)
Chinese Language Teacher (Grades 9-12)
Lincoln High School, Lincoln

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1996 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Jean LaGrone

Jean LaGrone (Retired)
Second Grade Teacher
Westgate Elementary School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Email: jlagrone@cox.net

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1995 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Susan McNeil

Susan McNeil (Retired)
Social Studies Teacher (Grades 7-12)
Loup County Public School, Taylor

Contact Information:
44933 Long Valley Road
Taylor, NE 68879
(308) 942-6285
Email: smcneil53@gmail.com

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1994 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Ida Cowart

Ida Cowart (formerly known as Lynn Kaufman) (Retired)
Elementary Teacher (Grades 1-4 and 6)
Harvey Oaks Elementary School, Millard

Contact Information:
Email: idacowart@comcast.net

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1993 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Betty Kort

Betty Kort (Retired)
English Teacher
Hastings Senior High School, Hastings

Contact Information:
(402) 463-7133
Email: betty.kort@gmail.com

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1992 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

DeLoris Tonack (Retired)
Math/Science Teacher (Grade 8)
Goodrich Junior High School, Lincoln
Email: dtonack@neb.rr.com

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1991 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Jim Kubik

James Kubik (Retired)
Government Teacher
Norfolk High School, Norfolk

Contact Information:
421 Ridgeway Drive
Norfolk, NE 68701
(402) 750-7669
Email: jkkubik73@yahoo.com

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1990 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Duane Obermeier

Duane Obermier (Retired)
English/Speech/Creative Writing/Journalism Teacher (Grades 10-12)
Grand Island High School, Grand Island

Contact Information:
Nebraska State Education Association
UniServ Director: Northeast

1801 Meadowlark Circle
Lincoln, NE 68521
(402) 435-8879
Email: duane.obermier@nsea.org

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1989 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Roger Rea

Roger Rea (Retired)
Chemistry Teacher
Northwest High School, Omaha

Contact Information:
12914 Pacific Street
Omaha, NE 68154
(402) 330-6870
Email: rrea68154@yahoo.com

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1988 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Barbara Hopkins

Barbara (Hopkins) Frank (Retired)
Reading/English Teacher
Pound Junior High School, Lincoln

Contact Information:
7699 Lavenham Landing
Alexandria, VA 22315
Email: BarbaraJoFrank@aol.com


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1987 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Everett Lerew (Retired)
Elementary Teacher (Grade 1)
Superior South School, Superior

Contact Information:
1105 S. East Street
Valley, NE 68064
(402) 359-5374
Email: everler4@msn.com

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1986 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Cleon Ochsner

Cleon Ochsner (Retired)
German Language Teacher
Hastings Senior High School, Hastings

Contact Information:
2138 Summerset Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
(719) 548-8895
Email: cochsner@me.com

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1985 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Randall James McCutcheon

Randall James McCutcheon (Retired)
Speech/Debate/English Teacher
Lincoln East High School, Lincoln

Contact Information:
9900 Spain NE #D2019
Albuquerque, NM 87111
(505) 293-1095
Email: rjmccutcheon7@aol.com

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1984 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Alfred Di Mauro

Alfred DiMauro (Retired)
English/Latin/Humanities Teacher
Northwest High School, Omaha

Contact Information:
1920 South 25th Street
Omaha, NE 68105
(402) 345-1935
Email: aldimauro@yahoo.com

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1983 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Julie Schanou (Retired)
Elementary Teacher (Grade 4)
Ackerman Elementary School, Omaha

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1982 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

David Bernard-Stevens

David Bernard-Stevens (Retired)
Social Studies Teacher
Papillion-LaVista Senior High School, Papillion
National Teacher of the Year Finalist

Contact Information:
501 Hazelwood Drive
Lincoln, NE 69510
Email: David@leaderdevelopmentgroup.com

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1981 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Will Locke

Will Locke (Retired)
Language Arts & Social Studies Teacher
Hastings Junior High School, Hastings

Contact Information:
Hastings College
Professor Emeritus and Adjunct in Teacher Education
Email: wlocke@hastings.edu

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1980 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Marge Tabor (Retired)
Elementary Teacher (Grade 2)
Bryan Elementary School, Omaha

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1979 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Arvon Engel

Arvon Engel (Retired)
Science Teacher
Centennial Public School, Utica

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1978 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Jerry Siders

Jerry Siders (Retired)
Graphic Arts Teacher (Grades 7-10)
Nebraska School for the Deaf, Omaha

Contact Information:
6231 Read Street
Omaha, NE 68152
Videophone Number: (402) 206-2413
Email: jsiders@aol.com

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1977 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Ardith Abboud (Retired)
Creative Writing/English Teacher (Grades 11-12)
Northwest High School, Omaha

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1976 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Julie Jantzi (Retired)
English/Social Studies Teacher
Junior High School, Milford

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1975 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Gunnar Horn

Gunnar Horn (Deceased)
English/Journalism Teacher (Grades 9-12)
Benson High School, Omaha
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1974 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Rolland Lyle Essman (Retired)
Vocational Agriculture Teacher (Grades 9-12)
North Loup-Scotia Schools, Scotia

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1973 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Charles Brown

Charles A. Brown (Retired)
U.S. Government/Economics Teacher (Grade 12)
York High School, York

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1972 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Patrice Jensen

Patrice M. Jensen (Retired)
First Grade Teacher
Hastings Public Schools, Hastings

Contact Information:
810 N. Hastings Avenue
Hastings, NE 68901
(402) 462-8904
Email: patricejensen33@yahoo.com

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