Have an ‘Amazing, Life-Changing’ Year!

The Nebraska Teacher of the Year Program is Now Taking Applications

As Angela Mosier prepared to transfer her title as Nebraska Teacher of the Year to Kristi Bundy last November, Mosier summed up her reign in one quick sentence.

“This has been one of the most amazing, life-changing things that has ever happened to me,” said Mosier.

If you’re open to new challenges, accepting of a change of pace, and willing to be a spokesperson for the education profession, an application to the Nebraska Teacher of the Year program – and an amazing, life-changing year – may be exactly what you need.

The 2015 Nebraska Teacher of the Year program is now accepting applications. Those who apply should understand that the state’s top teacher earns far more than just the title now held by Bundy, a sixth grade teacher at Ashland-Greenwood. The recipient of the title also receives thousands of dollars in gifts, a trip to International Space Camp at U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, and more.

SMART Technologies provides the Teacher of the Year with a package of hardware and software for classroom use. Assorted other gifts, from NSEA and other education organizations, add to the value of the title.

The Nebraska Teacher of the Year Program has received financial support from BlueCross BlueShield of Nebraska, SMART Technologies, the Nebraska Council of School Administrators, the Nebraska State Education Association, the Nebraska Association of School Boards, Nebraska PTA, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), Dillard’s in Lincoln, Nebraska, The Sherwood Foundation, Union Bank & Trust Company, The Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Inc., and ConAgra Foods Foundation. These sponsors and other friends of the Nebraska Teacher of the Year Program provided stipends to the Awards of Excellence recipients and to the Nebraska Teacher of the Year.

Candidates should be exceptionally dedicated; knowledgeable and skilled; active in the community in which they teach; and poised, articulate and energetic.

The application is on the Department of Education website, and can be completed electronically. Copies will be mailed to individuals who request them.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 8. Finalists will be interviewed in October, and an awards luncheon and reception will be held at the NSEA headquarters in November.

For details, or for application materials, call Lora Sypal at the Nebraska Department of Education, 402-471-5059. The Department of Education web site is at:

www.education.ne.gov/