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Nominations sought for Nelson Teaching awards


This year’s Nelson Family Foundation Excellence in Teaching award recipients outside the Council Bluffs Country Club on Thursday. From left, Joel Nelson, Carla Hartenhoff, Stephanie Donner, Amy Gustafson and Penny Matuszeski. Awards were not given out in 2020.

The Omaha Community Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Nelson Family Foundation Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Area residents are invited to nominate their favorite educator or counselor — past or present — who is making a difference in the life of your child or a child about whom you care, or someone you have observed who is making a difference in education. Nominations will be accepted from students (past and present), parents, fellow teachers, school administrators and the general public.

The Nelson Family Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to demonstrate leadership and vision in our schools. The award, established in 2008, honors outstanding teachers or counselors from the Council Bluffs and Lewis Central Community School Districts. Recipients are chosen based on their knowledge, skills and abilities, both inside and outside the classroom, benefiting young people and the community.

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Five individuals will each receive a $5,000 gift and will be recognized at an awards program. The date and format of this year’s awards program is yet to be determined because of the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the cancellation of last year’s awards program, all nomination materials submitted in 2020 have been maintained and will be considered as part of the selection process for the 2021 Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Nominees must have at least two years of experience as a certified teacher (K-12) or counselor in the Council Bluffs or Lewis Central Community School District. Past recipients are not eligible to be nominated for future recognition through the program.

All nominations must be submitted electronically using the form at the website given below.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Feb. 15. The online nomination form is available at

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