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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.

Wayne SPED director named Educator of Year
     Congratulations to Misty Beair, Director of Special Education at Wayne Community Schools, for being honored with the Educator of the Year Award at a recent Wayne Area Chamber community celebration.
      Please join us in congratulating Wayne and Misty Beair on this exciting accomplishment!

Crofton principal bestowed ‘outstanding’ honor
     The Nebraska State Association of Secondary School Principals recently selected Johnnie Ostermeyer of Crofton as its 2018 Outstanding New Principal of the Year.
     Ostermeyer has been in education since 2003 and has been the principal at Crofton since 2015.
     Among his other accomplishments, under Ostermeyer’s leadership, Crofton Junior-Senior High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School for the 2016-17 school year.
     Corey Dahl, superintendent of Crofton Community School, said, “Mr. Ostermeyer holds high expectations for all students. He is very consistent and fair regarding student discipline. By being consistent and fair, the students have also gained respect for his expectations.”
     Join us in congratulating Johnnie Ostermeyer and Crofton for this accomplishment. Way to go!

South Sioux City teacher awarded national honor
     The sky’s the limit when expectations are high, so that’s where Jon Pickinpaugh keeps them. The eighth-grade science teacher at South Sioux City Middle School provides a highly efficient individualized interactive framework for his students to monitor their own goals and progress, with clear instruction and concrete daily learning targets. He tricks out his classes with all the bells and whistles to spur student engagement including bell ringers, hands-on lessons and multimedia. Pickinpaugh’s students consistently make solid academic gains thanks to his strategic and creative dedication to boosting STEM education.
     But it was Pickinpaugh who got a big boost recently at a surprise school assembly, where he was presented with a prestigious Milken Educator Award by Milken Family Foundation Senior Program Administrator Greg Gallagher. Pickinpaugh was named a 2017-18 recipient of the national recognition, which comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. He is the only Milken Educator Award winner from Nebraska this year, and is among the 44 honorees for 2017-18.
      The Milken Educator Awards, hailed by Teacher magazine as the “Oscars of Teaching,” has been opening minds and shaping futures for 30 years.
      In his five years at South Sioux City, Pickinpaugh has helped prioritize learning standards and built proficiency scales to ramp up academic and behavioral improvements. He has also worked with at-risk students in the high-poverty school through his after-school role as football and wrestling coach, where he’s been known to spend quality time discussing life with students after practice.
      Please join us in congratulating South Sioux City Community Schools and Jon Pickinpaugh on this well-earned honor!

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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