The North Bend Eagle



NBC teacher wins "Oscar of teaching"

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 3/6/19

The students and faculty of North Bend Elementary were expecting an assembly to honor the school for its positive behavior interventions and support program.
But it was bigger than that.

Streff winner
Becky Streff received the Milken Educator Award at an assembly Monday morning at NBE. Behind her is husband Ken Streff who came as a representative of the city council, not knowing about the award.

North Bend Elementary fifth grade teacher Rebecca Streff received the Milken Educator Award, an honor that has been likend to the “Oscar of teaching.” She is one of 33 teachers in the United States to received this recognition this year and the only one in Nebraska.

Candidates for the Milken Educator Award are sourced through a confidential selection process and then reviewed by blue ribbon panels appointed by state departments of education. Milken Educators are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. In addition to the $25,000 prize and public recognition, the honor includes membership in the National Milken Educator Network, a group of more than 2,700 top teachers, principals and specialists dedicated to strengthening education.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to earn the Milken Educator Award,” Streff said. “I think this award speaks volumes of the school system, teachers, staff, parents, students, and town we have at North Bend Central. What an amazing opportunity for the school, students, and the town. This year has been a great year for NBC – it is always a great year and day to be a Tiger – but this year has been exceptional to be a Tiger. To earn The Blue Ribbon Award and the Milken Educator Award shows you how awesome and committed our district is to the education community and students. I love the small town we live in and feel very blessed to be a part of it and to work within the district.”

Presenting the award was Greg Gallagher, senior program director of the Milken Family Foundation, Nebraska lieutenant governor Mike Foley and commissioner of education Dr. Matthew L. Blomstedt.

Other dignitaries attending the ceremony were State Board Of Education president John Witzel and member Rachel Wise; Matt Lukens representing Senator Ben Sasse; North Bend Central Board of Education members Bob Feurer, Justin Taylor and Jeff Bauer; North Bend City Council member Ken Streff and city clerk Theresa Busse; North Bend Central Foundation members Jim Havelka and Carol Emanuel; NBC superintendent Dr. Dan Endorf and NBCE principal Tessie Beaver.

“This is an exciting time for Mrs. Streff, and a thrill for NBC,” Endorf said. “With a Top 11 showing on the ACT of 240 high schools, a National Blue Ribbon award from the federal government, an activities program arguably at an all-time high, and now a Milken Award, the students, teachers, parents and staff have much to celebrate.”


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