Awards of Excellence

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.

2018

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Rachael Ann Burns (Advance Placement Environmental Science, Horticulture, and Anatomy and Physiology teacher)
Omaha Northwest High Magnet School

Omaha
Email:  rachael.burns@ops.org

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Joni Ebel (Grade 7 Pre-Algebra)
Columbus Middle School

Columbus
Email:  ebelj@discoverers.org

2010

Thomas Jaworski
Adams Central Public School

Hastings
Email: jaworski@esu9.org

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Amanda Stalnaker
Millard North Middle School

Millard Public Schools
Omaha
Email: astalnaker@mpsomaha.org

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Wanda Stelk (Retired)
West Lawn Elementary School

Grand Island Public Schools 
Grand Island

2009

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Beth Murphy Anderson
Brownell-Talbot High School

Brownell-Talbot Schools 
Omaha

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Mary Dueland
Central Elementary School

McCook Public Schools
McCook
Email: mdueland@mccookbison.org

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Ricardo Várguez
Westside High School

Westside Community Schools
Omaha

2008

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Jalene Choquette
Hastings High School

Hastings Public Schools 
Hastings
Email: jchoquet@esu9.org

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Jaye D. Crouse
Elementary School at Valparaiso

Raymond Central Public Schools
Valparaiso

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Mellanee Kvasnicka
Papillion-La Vista South High School

Papillion-La Vista Public Schools
Papillion

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Bob Reeker
Eastridge Elementary School 

Lincoln Public Schools
Lincoln
Email: breeker@lps.org

2007

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David Barnard
Superior Junior/Senior High School

Superior Public Schools 
Superior
Email: db23710@navix.net

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Catherine English
Aurora High School

Aurora Public Schools
Aurora

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Natalie Jenkins (Retired)
Gering Junior High School

Gering Public Schools
Gering

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Susan Koch
Laurel-Concord Elementary School

Laurel-Concord Public Schools
Laurel
Email: skoch@esu1.org

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Dianne Lee
Sherman Elementary School

Omaha Public Schools
Omaha

2006

Pam Buchholz
Carl A. Swanson Elementary School

Westside Community Schools 
Omaha
Email: pbuchholz@westside66.org

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James Campbell
Lincoln Northeast High School

Lincoln Public Schools
Lincoln
Email: jcampbel@lps.org

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Charles Foxhoven
Norfolk Junior High School

Norfolk Public Schools
Norfolk
Email: chuckfoxhoven@npsne.org

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Karen Gottsch (Retired)
Cambridge High School

Cambridge Public Schools
Cambridge

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Amy Hottovy
Centennial Junior/Senior High School

Centennial Public Schools
Utica 
Email: amy.hottovy@centennialpublic.org

2005

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Kathryn Gifford (Retired)
Kearney High School

Kearney Public Schools 
Kearney

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Susan Goochey
Burwell Elementary School

Burwell Public Schools
Burwell
Email: sgoochey@esu10.org

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Karen Hastings (Retired)
Westridge Middle School

Grand Island Public Schools
Grand Island

2004

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Joan Anna Christen
Beatrice High School

Beatrice
Email: jchristen@bpsnebr.org

Roger Groth (Retired)
Westside High School

Westide Community Schools
Omaha
Email: rlgroth@cox.net

Suzanne Kirby
Clinton Elementary School

Lincoln Public Schools
Lincoln

2003

Charlotte Griffith
Lost Creek Elementary School

Columbus Public Schools 
Columbus

Roger Groth (Retired)
Westside High School

Westide Community Schools
Omaha
Email: rlgroth@cox.net

Robert Jenkins
Westside Middle School

Westside Community Schools 
Omaha

Bonnie Simpson
Southern Valley Community Schools

Oxford

2002

Jean Bergholz
May Morley Elementary School

Lincoln Public Schools 
Lincoln

Honey Lou Bonar
Hastings Senior High School

Hastings Public School
Hastings

Carl Clark
Hillside Elementary School

Westside Community Schools 
Omaha

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Suzanne Freet Ratzlaff (Retired)
Heartland Community Schools

Henderson/Bradshaw
Email:csratz@mainstaycomm.net

2001

Rae Brown
Pender Elementary School at Thurston

Pender

Lynna Gene Cook
Lakeview Elementary School

Lincoln

Jan Lund
Ralston High School

Ralston

Libby Putz
Anderson Middle School

Millard

2000

Carole DeBuse
Omaha Public Schools

Omaha

Shelly Hlavaty
Raymond Central Public Schools

Raymond

Steve A. McManigal
Wisner-Pilger Public Schools

Wisner

Barbara Sunderman
Hastings Public Schools

Hastings

1999

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David Barnard
Superior

Email: db23710@navix.net

Joseph Green
Minden
Michael Pauly
Plattsmouth
Beverly Ruff
Papillion