By Tessa Faust English teacher Christopher Maly won the Award of Excellence for the Nebraska Department of Education. He is the first teacher at Lincoln High in recent history to have this honor. Each year since 1972, a few teachers across Nebraska are selected. The other winners this year are Jim Fielder from Hastings Senior
By Tessa Faust
English teacher Christopher Maly won the Award of Excellence for the Nebraska Department of Education. He is the first teacher at Lincoln High in recent history to have this honor. Each year since 1972, a few teachers across Nebraska are selected. The other winners this year are Jim Fielder from Hastings Senior High School and Sara Schau from Westside High School in Omaha.
“I’ve benefited from being here and learning from some really great teachers,” Maly said.
IB coordinator Mr. Heineman, then got letters of recommendation and answered essay questions nominated him and then from those submissions it goes down to four finalists. Then in that second round you do interviews with the Nebraska department of education.
The award ceremony was at The Nebraska State Education Office which is over by the capital and so all the previous teachers of the year where there, The Nebraska Board of Education, and even the governor. At the ceremony he was given a plaque and he gave a speech.
One of the gifts was from The Nebraska Department of Education they gave a 1000 dollar grant to start a project at Lincoln High next year. Maly is thinking of basing it around museum of tolerance in Los Angeles. He’s gone to some of their trainings and would like to go to more of their trainings and implement some of their practices at Lincoln High.
“Look at how we value not only the act of learning but value each other day in and day out and when it seeps into negativity then you get into intolerance and really dangerous areas of creating a negative space where people can barely live let alone learn. It’s a real struggle day in and day out and I know Lincoln high has always been a welcoming place. People not only from our community but all over the world. I still think we have a lot to learn I know I have a lot to learn with regard to that and I’m excited to learn about that positive element.” Maly said.
He gave credit to the whole school for the award he has received. “I won the award because I’ve stolen from the best, meaning the ideas I try to utilize always have a connection with someone I’ve worked with here and students I’ve worked with here. I think the distinction – I’m very humbled by it – but it’s this building to me that’s earned this distinction. I’m only one of 200 who work in this building doing the same things day in and day out.”