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2024 Recipients

Nancy Smith

Lincoln Northeast
Spanish Teacher
Nominated By: Principal Keri Applebee

Nancy Smith is an amazing woman for many reasons! Nancy started with the district in 1983 as a Spanish teacher and joined Lincoln Northeast in 1993. Nancy retired for the second time 3 years ago.

However, there is one story in particular that I would like to share. Last summer we had a late departure of one of our Spanish teachers who left Northeast for a leadership opportunity at one of our middle schools. We tried to find a permanent replacement for our teacher but we were not having any lucky.

One of my colleagues decided we should reach out to Nancy and see if there was ANY WAY AT ALL Nancy would consider returning once again to help out her Rockets. And guess what.... she said YES!

Her students love her! She is caring, builds positive relationships with her students and helps them learn Spanish in fun and innovative ways. Every time I see Nancy she has a big smile to share and exudes positive energy!

Not only is she a Rocket Alum but so are her 3 Sons. In her own words, "I'm back. I just can't stay away! I love this school and I'm so excited to be teaching again!" And Nancy, we're SO very glad you're here! Once a Rocket, Always a Rocket.

The Numbers

  • Schools Served

    60

  • Focus & Specialty Programs Served

    15

  • Students Empowered

    41,784

  • Teachers & Staff Supported

    7,500+

  • Funds Received This Year

    $1.20M

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