WAYNE – Among more than 60 members of an educator award this year, a Wayne State College graduate and Lyons-Decatur Northeast High School English teacher received the surprise of a lifetime.
According to a release from the Milken Family Foundation, a schoolwide assembly was held on April 28 as a $25,000 Milken Educator Award was presented to Kate Mace
The event is part of a nationwide tour honoring outstanding educators who display exceptional instructional talent, an inspiring presence and the potential for strong, long-range leadership in the profession for decades to come.
Mace is the second recipient in Nebraska for the 2021-2022 season and the first ever from Lyons-Decatur Northeast Schools. She joins Michelle Fouts of Kearney’s Bryant Elementary, who was awarded at a surprise assembly on April 27.
Stephanie Bishop, vice president of the Milken Educator Awards and a 2001 Milken Educator from Virginia said, “the Milken Educator Awards honor the best in the country and Katie Mace is proof that a big impact can be made no matter the size of a school or district. Her ability to create engaging assignments, seamlessly adapt to changing needs, and her outstanding leadership in and out of the classroom are some of the characteristics that make her a Milken Educator. We are pleased to celebrate Katie today and welcome her into the national network of Milken Educators.”
Hailed as the “Oscars of Teaching,” the Milken Educator Awards celebrate, elevate and activate the American teaching profession and inspire young, capable people to join it. The Milken Educator Award is not a lifetime achievement honor. Recipients are heralded while early to mid-career for what they have achieved — and for the promise of what they will accomplish given the resources and opportunities inherent in the Award.
Nebraska Commissioner of Education Matthew Blomstedt added, “the role of a teacher often means being something different for different students. Katie Mace is a perfect example of Nebraska teachers going the extra mile to wear many hats. From teaching English, to coaching One Act, and even filling the role of counselor, Mace is always there for her students in whatever way they need. We are all grateful for her work in preparing students for life-long success after high school.”
Oprah Winfrey, a longtime education advocate, shared her congratulations to this year’s recipients in a video message thanking “the most incredible educators around the country” and acknowledging her deep appreciation for the “tireless work” they do. U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona said Milken Educators “personify excellence in education” and “inspire leadership and motivate students to excel.”
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