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Randolph principals earn honor 2 years in a row
     Mary Miller, principal of Randolph Elementary School, was recently honored as Region III’s 2018 Elementary Principal of the Year. She has been the elementary principal in Randolph for five years.
     The Randolph school district also had a noteworthy year in 2017 when Dennis Bazata was honored as secondary principal of the year.

      Please join us in congratulating Mary Miller and the Randolph community on this continued excellence!

Wausa business teacher earns national honor
      Dawn Friedrich, business educator at Wausa Public Schools, has been named the 2018 National Secondary Business Educator of the Year by the National Business Education Association (NBEA) at the national convention March 26-30 in Baltimore.
      The award was presented by NBEA national president Diane Fisher during the NBEA Awards luncheon.
      In other exciting news, Friedrich will be sending twelve students to the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Nationals in Baltimore, MD, this summer. With the twelve students going this year, Friedrich has now lead 50 students to the national level.
      Please join us in congratulating Dawn Friedrich and thanking her for all of her hard work. Way to go!

Strahm recognized with award at Lincoln meeting
      Northern Early Learning Connection Partnership Coordinator Susan Strahm was honored at the State Leadership Team meeting in Lincoln recently with the Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children 2018 Distinguished Service to Children Award. Her fellow ELC Coordinator for Southeast Nebraska, Cara Small, nominated her for the award, and it was presented by Tracy Gordon, Executive Director of NEAEYC.     
      Susan has been working tirelessly with the Early Learning Connection on behalf of children and early childhood educators for 18 years. Susan was key in the development of the ELC system for professional development in Nebraska.
      Join us in congratulating Susan on a well deserved recognition and award! We thank her for all she has done for children, families and early childhood educators in northeast Nebraska.

Hansen named ESU #1 Employee of the Year
      On Feb. 15, 2018, Educational Service Unit #1 Special Education Director Stuart Clark presented Angie Hansen with the 2017-18 ESU #1 Employee of the Year award during an all-staff meeting at Wayne State College.
     Angie, a resident of Burbank, South Dakota, has been employed at ESU #1 since 2006. She is a occupational therapist who has worked in schools throughout the six-county ESU #1 service area. She was nominated by her peers because she takes on any challenge. Angie does extra research or more work to help those around her. She always demonstrates a positive attitude and has a dynamic personality. Despite the incredible amount of work she has to do, Angie always takes the time to sit down with staff and solve problems. She is very kind, caring, and compassionate toward students, families, and her co-workers. Angie is very enthusiastic and energetic, making it a fun working environment. ESU #1 is happy to award this year’s Employee of the Year to Angie Hansen. 
     The ESU #1 Employee of the Year award is in honor of Georgia McQuistan, a former ESU #1 employee who passed away in 1987.

Using Data to Guide Action for School Improvement
     “Using Data to Guide Action for School Improvement” was a collaborative project between the Nebraska Department of Education, the Nebraska ESU Coordinating Council and North Central Comprehensive Center. A Data Guidebook and Facilitators’ Guide were generated from this project and piloted by three northeast Nebraska schools — Niobrara, South Sioux City and Walthill.


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