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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.
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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.

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!

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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