Education Awards

 education-awards

 

Beginning in 2017, the Nebraska District will present the following awards each year.

Nomination Process:

• Peers, pastors, parents, school board members, current or former students, or members of the congregation may nominate candidates for the award.
• Complete a nomination form by September 1st. (link to form)
• Once the pool of nominees has been narrowed, the selection committee may contact the nominator for additional information.

To nominate an educator, select an award below, then complete and submit the corresponding Google Form (no Gmail account required). Nominations are due to the District Office on or before September 1 of each year.


Award: Nebraska District Early Childhood Educator of the Year

Eligible Candidates: Early Childhood & Preschool Teachers
Nominees must be actively serving as a full-time employee of an LCMS entity.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)

Nominate an Early Childhood Educator


Award: Nebraska District Elementary Teacher of the Year

Eligible Candidates: Kindergarten – 5th Grade Teachers
Nominees must be actively serving as a full-time employee of an LCMS entity.

“Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

Nominate an Elementary Teacher


Award: Nebraska District Middle/ High School Teacher of the Year

Eligible Candidates: 6th Grade – 12th Grade Teachers
Nominees must be actively serving as a full-time employee of an LCMS entity.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children
are walking in the truth.” (3 John 3:4)

Nominate a Middle or High School Teacher


Award: Nebraska District Administrator of the Year

Eligible Candidates: Early Childhood Directors, Head Teachers, Principals, & Executive Directors of Nebraska District Lutheran Schools
Nominees must be actively serving as a full-time employee of an LCMS entity.

“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:43-45)

Nominate an Administrator


Award: Nebraska District Shepherd of the Year

Eligible Candidates: Pastors who serve an LCMS congregation with a school, early childhood center, preschool, daycare, or other educational facility.
Nominees must be actively serving as a full-time pastor of an LCMS entity committed to Christian education.

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists,
the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service,
so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Ephesians 4:11-12

Nominate a Pastor


Award: Nebraska District Parish Worker of the Year

Eligible Candidates: DCE’s, Music Directors, Other Full-time professional Church-workers working in a Parish, etc. who work at a Nebraska District LCMS congregation (with an LCMS educational facility)
Nominees must be actively serving as a full-time employee of an LCMS entity committed to Christian education.

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm.
Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,
because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58 )

Nominate a Parish Worker


Previous Award Recipients

Early Childhood
Educator of the Year
Elementary/High School
Educator of the Year
2015 Kay Storck–Lamb of God, Omaha Harlan Anson–Our Redeemer, Staplehurst
2014 Dawn Gilfry–Trinity, Fremont Steve Zehnder–Concordia Jr./Sr. High, Omaha
2013 Connie Dirks–Trinity, Lincoln Jim Knoepfel–Trinity, Fremont
2012 Lauren Sommerer–St. John CDC, Seward Lynette Naber–Emmanuel/Faith, York
2011 Shery Fiene–King of Kings, Omaha Karen Reynolds–Concordia, Omaha
2010 Lisa Stirtz–Wee Lambs, Gretna Janice Endorf–Zion, Tobias
2009 Sue Sylvester–St. John, Seward
2008 Cassandra McMahan–Faith, Lincoln
2007 Bob Saeger–Immanuel, Polk
2006 Dallas Koffarnus–Zion, Hastings
2005 Darla Rosendahl–Concordia, Omaha
2004 Paul Leckband–Lutheran High Northeast

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