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Check out the Summer Food Service Program!
      Nebraska’s Summer Food Service Program, which provides free summer meals to kids and teens (ages 1-18), may be available in your area at select locations. The meals help ensure children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is out of session for the summer. There are many open summer meal sites throughout Nebraska. Call 211 or text FOOD to 877-877 to find locations. Visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks or https://www.education.ne.gov/ns/sfsp/ for more info.

ESU #1 special education director honored for efforts
      On July 26, 2018, ESU #1 Special Education Director Stuart Clark was named Distinguished Special Education Administrator for 2018-19 by the Nebraska Association of Special Education Supervisors. He was recognized in front of administrators from all across the state during the Administrator Days awards luncheon in Kearney. On Feb. 14, NASES president Terry Houlton presented him with the plaque at the NASES Legislative Conference in Lincoln.

      Stuart models excellence on a daily basis, embracing his role as a leader. His facilitation skills, ability to understand student behavior and his knowledge of special education finances are a few of the  things he is known for. People in both general and special education seek out his guidance and advice. Stuart goes above and beyond to tackle every challenge set before him. His continual enthusiasm, dedication and innovation demonstrate what an outstanding administrator he is.
      Join us in congratulating ESU #1 Special Ed Director Stuart Clark. Nice work, Stuart!

Wayne guidance counselor presented with award
      Melody Hill, guidance counselor at Wayne Community Schools, recently received the Reaching Higher Award from OnToCollege. This award celebrates an educator who champions OTC’s Reaching Higher Mission: creating two- and four-year college graduates with minimal debt.
      OTC is always looking for educators who: promote college, explain how transformative and affordable college can be, and advocate for graduation with minimal debt.
      Join us in congratulating Mrs. Hill on her well-deserved honor. Way to go, Melody!

Kellen Conroy named ESU #1 Employee of the Year
     On Feb. 1, 2019, Educational Service Unit #1 Special Education Director Stuart Clark presented Kellen Conroy with the 2018-19 ESU #1 Employee of the Year award during an all-staff meeting at Wayne State College.
     Kellen, a resident of Pender, Nebraska, has been employed at ESU #1 since 2013. He is a Teaching & Learning Specialist who has worked with schools throughout the six-county ESU #1 service area. He was nominated by his peers because he is an amazing representative of ESU #1. His character, integrity and actions exemplify what the Employee of the Year award is all about. His co-workers commented on what a caring person he is, offering to help anyone, anytime, even if his own work load is full. Kellen spends a great deal of time facilitating exceptional work — but never takes credit for it — demonstrating servant leadership. He has a great sense of humor that makes working alongside him exceptionally fun. This is our FISH! Philosophy in action. Kellen is a life-long learner, and he’s a leader, not only for our ESU but for our state. Perhaps most importantly, he recognizes relationships always come first!
     ESU #1 is happy to award this year’s Employee of the Year to Kellen Conroy. Kudos to you, Kellen!

ESU #1’s Jindra earns Servant Leadership Award
Rhonda Jindra, Teaching and Learning Specialist at ESU #1 in Wakefield, was recently presented with the Servant Leadership Award by AdvancED during the 2018 Midwest Region Fall Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois. Since Rhonda was unable to attend the event, Shannon Vogler and Becky Dinsmore presented the award to her during a recent SDA meeting in Kearney.
       From her nomination: “Rhonda Jindra’s 35-year career has been devoted to “Driving the Potential” of every person she encounters. Evidence of this can be seen in the training and support she provides to her districts, including Nebraska’s four Native American schools; but it is the hundreds of personalized notes she has written and sent to teachers, students, administrators and colleagues that are legend. Each is beautifully written, clearly pointing out how special and unique each person’s strengths and contributions are to the enhancement of learning. Her time and interest given to others truly exemplifies servant leadership.”
      Shannon Vogler, AdvancED Regional Director commented, “Rhonda goes above and beyond, serving on countless committees, workgroups and a statewide advisory committee member for AdvancED. Rhonda not only demonstrates servant leadership within her role at Educational Service Unit #1, that integrity, authenticity and presence carry over into her leadership with colleagues across the state.” 
      AdvancED is a non-profit, continuous improvement organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and provides resources, tools and support to education leaders across the globe to ensure all learners realize their full potential.
      Please join us in congratulating Rhonda on the well-deserved honor. Good job, Rhonda!


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