Amber Vlasnik, a math teacher at Lincoln High School, has been named the 2017 Nebraska Teacher of the Year by the State Department of Education.
Vlasnik has taught math at LHS since 2011, and served as the math department chair from 2014 to the end of the 2015-16 school year. Prior to that she taught at Lincoln Southeast High School and at a middle school in Houston, Texas.
According to an NDE news release, Vlasnik wrote in her application that her teaching approach includes "collaboration and positivity while decreasing variability."
She continued: "Teachers grow as professionals when they are given opportunities to come alongside each other to improve student learning ... Together we are engaging students in meaningful learning and are helping them to realize their potential."
Vlasnik earned a Bachelors Degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and a Master's Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Studies from UNL.
The award is given by a panel of Nebraska educators. Vlasnik will be honored at a November luncheon of the State Board of Education, and is now eligible for the National Teacher of the Year honor later this year.
During a surprise announcement in her classroom, she was honored by the Nebraska Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt, state board members and staff, her principal Mark Larson and Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel, among others.
Published: October 11, 2016, Updated: October 19, 2016