Papillion LaVista South High School
“Patience. And humor.”
“That’s what I have going for me,” smiles Louise Dornbusch, ProStart® Educator at Papillion-LaVista South.
It must work. She was named NAFCS (Nebraska Association of Family and Consumer Sciences) Teacher of the Year in April and Nebraska ProStart Teacher of the Year in 2015 and 2012.
And she’s fielded six ProStart teams that have competed at the National ProStart Invitational, four of her own and two with mentor Carol Fairfax, educator at Papillion-LaVista (PLV) Senior High School (now deceased).
Cheryl Meyer – Thompson,
Milford High School
Cheryl Meyer-Thompson, Family and Consumer Science Instructor, FCCLA Advisor, and ProStart® Educator at Milford Junior- High School, has been named Nebraska’s 2016 ProStart National Educator of Excellence. Meyer-Thompson has been nominated for this prestigious award by Fayrene Hamouz, Nebraska’s ProStart Coordinator, because she demonstrates excellence in the classroom and passion, commitment and creativity in all aspects of the ProStart program.
The Career Academy at Southeast Community College
Maybell Galusha lives in Omaha and makes an hour long round trip each day to go to her dream job.
She’s the Culinary Instructor at The Career Academy (TCA), a joint venture between Lincoln Public Schools and Southeast Community College (SCC).
“The drive is worth it!” Maybell exclaims. After visiting schools in other states and teaching in Omaha dual enrollment programs, she knows how special the TCA culinary pathway is. It features a beautiful facility with state-of-the-art equipment, and is a unique experience for LPS students.
Sheri Wieden is back where she started.
A graduate of UNL, Sheri did her practicum in Lincoln. Her original goal was to work in Extension and 4-H, but after returning to Gage County with her husband to farm, she accepted a position at Southern High School in Wymore, Nebraska where she taught Family and Consumer Science for 22 years. Then administrators decided to eliminate the program.
“You’re from Plattsmouth? Then you’re really good in culinary!”
That’s what one of Lisa Micek-Johnson’s students heard from other students when he transferred to a much larger Nebraska school. When Plattsmouth’s Athletic Director attended a function at Omaha Gross High School, he heard it, too.
“You have a good culinary team.”
Lincoln Southwest High School
Teachers. Making connections….
Sherry Mcranie, Lincoln Southwest High School ProStart educator, grew up drinking fresh milk, making butter, and eating farm fresh food grown on her family’s acreage in Oklahoma. She spent summers canning and freezing produce, and in the fall, enrolled in Home Economics classes at Owasso High School. It was in one of those classes that she first thought about being an FACS teacher.
Norris High School
Judeen Price was a high school student sitting in the gymnasium 51 years ago when the communities of Firth and Hickman Nebraska made the decision to consolidate and become Norris School District 160. Today, the 270-acre campus houses elementary, intermediate, middle and high school buildings. And for the last 45 years, Judeen has been the FACS teacher for middle and high school students.