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Bev White (left), a special education teacher for Lincoln Public Schools, celebrates her honor as the annual Scottish Rite Distinguished Teacher of the Year with Lincoln Board of Education member Kathy Danek.
Special education teacher receives prestigious Scottish Rite award
Bev White went to a training session for Lincoln Public Schools special education teachers and staff on Wednesday, but she took home more than new lessons.
In a surprise presentation at the close of the training, White officially joined an honorary group of teachers when she was named the 2013 Scottish Rite Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award (one of the most prestigious honors awarded LPS teachers).
“I’ve wanted to be a special education teacher ever since I was in junior high, and I’ve never wanted to do anything else,” said White, an educator with Lincoln Public Schools for 37 years. “I love knowing that I can make a difference – that I can help make sure all children have equal opportunities.”
White now serves with a district-wide support team at LPS District Offices, but previously worked at the former Hawthorne Elementary School and Humann Elementary School. She has been a leader in the school district, Lincoln and Nebraska for contributing to the innovation of special education practices.
“This is the highest honor I could ever hope for,” White said.
Mary Ells, her supervisor, wrote of White in her nomination letter: “Each day she lives her mission to improve learning and the quality of life for individuals with special needs. Through excellence and advocacy, Bev steadfastly enhances the authentic engagement of students with disabilities and their families in the community. She is passionate about her work, focused on results, and creative in response to any special needs. Bev’s work exemplifies the best in special education teaching and the best in learning for students.”
Scott Dodge, representing the local Scottish Rite organization, called the Scottish Rite honor “the super bowl of awards.”
White receives a prize of $2,500 and her portrait will be featured in the new LPS District Office building along with other Scottish Rite winners.
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