Nebraska Milken Educators

2017 Nebraska Milken Educator

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Jon Pickinpaugh ((Science Teacher) (8th Grade))
South Sioux City Middle School

Contact Information:
South Sioux City Middle School
3625 G Street
South Sioux City, NE 68776
(402) 494-3061
Email:  jon.pickinpaugh@ssccards.org

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2016 Nebraska Milken Educator

No Recipient

2014 Nebraska Milken Educator

No Recipient

2013 Nebraska Milken Educator

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Kevin Witte (Social Studies Teacher (Grades 9-12))
Kearney High School (Kearney)

Contact Information:
Kearney High School
3610 6th Avenue
Kearney, NE 68845
(308) 698-8060
Email: kevin.witte@kearneypublic.org

2012 Nebraska Milken Educator

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Tammera Mittelstet (Fourth Grade Teacher)
Highland Park Elementary (Stillwater, OK)

(Oklahoma recipient, now located in Nebraska)

Contact Information:
Email: tmittelstet2@unl.edu

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Sara Robinson (Fourth Grade Teacher)
C. Ray Gates Elementary School (Grand Island)

Contact Information:
C. Ray Gates Elementary School, Fourth Grade Teacher
2700 W. Louise Street
Grand Island, NE 68803
(308) 385-5892
Email: srobinso@gips.org

2011 Nebraska Milken Educator

No Recipient

2010 Nebraska Milken Educator

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Garret Higginbotham (Fifth Grade Teacher)
Underwood Hills Focus School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Oakdale Elementary School, Fifth Grade Teacher
9801 West Center Road
Omaha, NE 68124
(402) 408-8887

Email: higginbotham.garret@westside66.net

2009 Nebraska Milken Educator

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Ryan Mahoney (Social Studies Teacher (Grades 9, 11-12))
Southwest High School (Lincoln)

Contact Information:
7835 Tropp Ridge Drive
Lincoln, NE 68512

(402) 560-7295
Email:mahoney@hastings.edu

2008 Nebraska Milken Educator

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Crystal L. Simpson (Instructional Facilitator (Grades K-5, Deceased))
Fontenelle Elementary School (Omaha)

2007 Nebraska Milken Educator

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Emily Hughes (formerly known as Emily Olesen) (Science Teacher (Grades 6-8))
R.M. Marrs Magnet Center (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Gomez Heritage Elementary School, Assistant Principal

2612 South 16th Street
Council Bluffs, IA
51501-7568
(402) 210-8977
Email:emily.hughes@ops.org

2006 Nebraska Milken Educator

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Angela L. Wright (formerly known as Angela L. Deck) (Fourth Grade Teacher)
Spring Ridge Elementary School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Elkhorn Public Schools, Curriculum Coordinator of Data and Assessment
20650 Glenn Street
Omaha, NE 68022
(402) 289-2579
Email:awright@epsne.org

2005 Nebraska Milken Educator

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Jon Heithold (Computer Aided Design, Furniture Design and Construction Teacher (Grades 9-12))
East High School (Lincoln)

Contact Information:
6101 W. Yankee Lake Road
Denton, NE 68339
(402) 525-8953
Email:jheitho@lps.org

2004 Nebraska Milken Educator

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Mark A. Johnson (Fifth Grade Teacher)
Windy Hills Elementary School (Kearney)

Contact Information:
Bryant Elementary School, Principal
1611 Avenue C
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 698-8190
Email:mark.johnson@kearneypublic.org

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Tony Vincent (Technology Teacher/Facilitator (Grades K-5))
Willowdale Elementary School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Tony Vincent, Inc., Learning and Technology Consultant

11003 W. Pierson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85037
(623) 565-8585

Email:tony@tonyvincent.net

2003 Nebraska Milken Educator

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Teresa Fischer (English/Language, Drama/Theater Teacher (Grades 9-12))
Westside High School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Avenue Scholars, Career Advisor
7101 Mercy Road, #240
Omaha, NE 68106

(402) 916-9777
Email:dramafish@live.com

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Jami Jo Thompson (Resource Teacher/Special Education Coordinator (Grade 8))
Beatrice Middle School (Beatrice)

Contact Information:
Beatrice Public Schools, Director of Student Programs
320 North 5th Street
Beatrice, NE 68310
(402) 223-1512
Email:jamijothompson@npsne.org

2002 Nebraska Milken Educator

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Jon Frey (Debate and Social Studies Teacher (Grades 9-12))
Aberdeen Central High School (Aberdeen, SD)

(South Dakota recipient, now located in Nebraska)

Contact Information:
Columbus High School, Assistant Principal
2200 26th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
(402) 563-7050
Email:freyj@discoverers.org

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Mary M. Reding (Sixth Grade Teacher)
Central Elementary School (Bellevue)

Contact Information:
Central Elementary School, Sixth Grade Teacher
510 W. 22nd Avenue
Bellevue, NE 68005

(402) 293-4685
Email:maryreding@yahoo.com

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Kael Sagheer (Fifth Grade Teacher)
Willa Cather Elementary School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
20829 U Circle
Elkhorn, NE 68022
(402) 884-0487
Email:sagheerkael@gmail.com

2001 Nebraska Milken Educator

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Heather Harbison (Mathematics Teacher/Coordinator (Grades 7-8))
Western Hills Magnet Center (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Western Hills Magnet Center, Principal
6523 Western Avenue
Omaha, NE 68132
(402) 554-1510
Email:heather.harbison@ops.org

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Janelle E. Stansberry (Business/Office, Computer Science Teacher (Grades 7-12))
Cedar Bluffs High School (Cedar Bluffs)

Contact Information:
1028 Dakota Street
Fremont, NE 68024

(402) 727-4300
Email: jstansbe@esu2.org

2000 Nebraska Milken Educator

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Ann T. Catania (Second Grade Teacher)
Prairie Wind Elementary School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
6612 South 72nd Avenue
Omaha, NE 68127
(402) 593-9924
Email:ann.catania@ops.org

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Laura L. Croom (First Grade Teacher)
Carl A Swanson Elementary School (Omaha)

Contact Information:

5529 North 151st Street

Omaha, NE 68116
(402) 740-4074
Email:lcroom@westside66.org

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Carolyn Escamilla (Fourth Grade Teacher)
Roosevelt Elementary School (Scottsbluff)

Contact Information:
Bluffs Middle School, Seventh Grade Social Studies and Reading Teacher 
23rd and Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

(308) 635-6270
Email:cescamilla@sbps.net

1999 Nebraska Milken Educator

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Kris Burling (Biology/Life Science Teacher (Grade 7))
Horizon Middle School (Kearney)

Contact Information:
Grand Island Public Schools, Director, English Language Acquisition and Migrant Programs
123 South Webb Road
Grand Island, NE 68803
(308) 385-5900
Email:mschneider@gips.org

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Dr. Ted Larson (Social Studies Teacher (Grades 11-12))
Southeast High School (Lincoln)

Contact Information:
Nebraska Department of Education, NAEP State Coordinator
(402) 617-1064

Email: tedlarson@windstream.net

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Beverly McKillip (Biology/Life Science Teacher (Grades 10-12, Retired))
Pender High School (Pender)

Contact Information:
1702 Homewood Drive
Norfolk, NE 68701
(402) 379-8454

Email: bmckillip@telebeep.com

1998 Nebraska Milken Educator

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

Contact Information:
Email:jlagrone@cox.net

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Julie Martin (Principal)
Seedling Mile Elementary School (Grand Island)

Contact Information:
C. Ray Gates Elementary School, Principal
2700 W. Louise Street
Grand Island, NE 68803

(308) 385-5892
Email:jmartin@gips.org

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Audrey Samuelson (Kindergarten Teacher)
York Elementary School (York)

Contact Information:
York Elementary School, Kindergarten Teacher
1501 Washington Avenue
York, NE 68467

(402) 362-1414, Ext. 153
Email:audrey.samuelson@yorkdukes.org

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Dr. Robert Ziegler (Principal (Deceased))
Roosevelt Elementary School (Scottsbluff)

1997 Nebraska Milken Educator

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Jane Edwards (Industrial Arts, Computer Science Teacher (Grades 10-12))
Southeast High School (Lincoln)

Contact Information:
Email:jedwards@lps.org

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Roger Groth (Music, Band Teacher (Grades 9-12, Retired))
Westside High School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Email:rlgroth@cox.net

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Roger Kassebaum (Physics Teacher (Grades 11-12))
Millard North High School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Milken Community High School, Director of Mitchell Academy of Science and Technology, Science Research Teacher, FRC Robotics Coach
15800 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

(31) 440-3500, Ext. 3316
Email:rkassebaum@milkenschool.org

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Robert Whitehouse (Principal (Retired))
William Jennings Bryan High School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Email: bob.whitehouse@cox.net

1996 Nebraska Milken Educator

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Gloria Best (Social Studies Teacher (Grades 8-9))
Dawes Middle School (Lincoln)

Contact Information:
7921 Forbes Court
Lincoln, NE 68516
(402) 770-3338
Email:gbest@lps.org

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Dr. James Findley (Principal (Retired))
Westside High School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
3110 South 104th Street
Omaha, NE 68124
(402) 397-6990

Email:jfindley@cox.net

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Denise Golden (Fifth Grade Teacher)
Seward Elementary School (Seward)

Contact Information:
Lakeview Elementary, Fifth Grade Teacher
3360 Woodshire Parkway

Lincoln, NE
68502
(402) 309-6172
Email:dgolden@lps.org

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Ida Lynn Cowart (formerly known as Lynn Kaufman) (Second Grade Teacher (Retired))
Bess Streeter Aldrich Elementary School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Email:idacowart@comcast.net

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James Kubik (Social Studies Teacher (Grade 12, Retired))
Norfolk Senior High School (Norfolk)

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

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Dr. Kenton Mann (Principal)
Grand Island Senior High School (Grand Island)

Contact Information:
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Associate Professor of Practice
126 Teachers College Hall
P.O. Box 880360
Lincoln, NE 68588-0360

(402) 472-3459
Email:kmann2@unl.edu

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

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

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Dr. Woody Ziegler (Principal)
York Elementary School (York)

Contact Information:
Learning For The Future, Director
2206 Road 20
Waco, NE 68460
(402) 362-8663
Email:Woody@L4TF.com