Retiring Beatrice Elementary Teacher, Honored with First Clabaugh Family Outstanding Educator Award

Retiring Beatrice Elementary Teacher, Honored with First Clabaugh Family Outstanding Educator Award
(left to right) Beatrice Educational Foundation members Steph Perkins, Mickey Gleason, BEF Executive Director Doris Martin, New BEF Board Chairperson Sandy Hoffman, Linda Clabaugh, Instructor Jackie Johnson, Rick Clabaugh, BPS Finance Director John Brazell

BEATRICE – A Stoddard Elementary instructor who is retiring this year after 45 years teaching in Beatrice, was honored Tuesday with the first ever Clabaugh Family Outstanding Educator Award.

:11                  “…is Jackie Johnson…(applause)..”

Jackie Johnson began her teaching career in 1971 in Republican Valley, Nebraska…and two years later, came to Beatrice.  She’s taught over one thousand students in her career.

The Clabaugh Award, created by local pharmacy owners Rick and Linda Clabaugh, will be presented annually to recognize a Beatrice Public Schools faculty member who has contributed significantly to education through their teaching.

Johnson received a plaque and a one-thousand-dollar award, during a presentation before Stoddard Elementary school students on Orange Pride Day and National Teacher Appreciation Day.  Students received certificates for their accomplishments in class and in helping others.  

Beatrice Educational Foundation Executive Director Doris Martin says Johnson was nominated for the honor, by a former student and she read from that nomination.

:20                  “teacher she is”

Martin says a fellow teacher described Johnson as a mentor, her sounding board and a friend.

:09                  “one of her cakes”

In all, 18 nominees were considered for the first Clabaugh Family Outstanding Educator Award.  Rick and Linda Clabaugh have two sons who went through the Beatrice Public School system.  Rick says he and his wife decided to give back to the school system by recognizing a teacher who goes above and beyond, in their work with students.

Each teacher given the honor annually, will be recognized with a plaque on the wall of the Beatrice Public Schools administration building.

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