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Educational Excellence Awards

2024 Award Winners Will Be Announced Soon!

Nominations are now closed for the 2nd Annual Educational Excellence Awards presented by MCL Construction. Thank you to those who submitted nominations!

This year, we will be giving out the following awards: 

Administrator of the Year
Educator of the Year (K-5)
Educator of the Year (6-8)
Educator of the Year (9-12)
Rookie Teacher of the Year (GPS Teacher for less than 3 years)
PreK Educator of the Year
Para/SPED of the Year
Counselor of the Year
Custodian of the Year
Driver of the Year
Grounds/Maintenance Staff of the Year
Nurse of the Year
Nutrition/FANS Staff of the Year
Secretary of the Year

Each winner will receive both a physical award and a monetary award to be given by the end of the school year. The Administrator of the Year will receive a grant to be used towards any needs they see fit in their school building. All other staff will be given a personal check from the Gretna Public Schools Foundation.


2023 Educational Excellence Award Winners

2023 was the first year we awarded the Educational Excellence Awards across the District. The winners were nominated from their peers, students and families throughout the District and then selected by a committee of their peers. MCL Construction donated the funds to support this endeavor.

  • Bret Basye, Principal at TES (Administrator of the Year)
  • Amanda Siemers, Resource Teacher at GHS (9-12 Educator of the Year)
  • Chris Tucker, Band Director at GMS (6-8 Educator of the Year)
  • Jan Leehy, 3rd Grade Teacher at AES (K-5 Educator of the Year)
  • Katelyn Wallace, Choir Teacher at GHS (Rookie Educator of the Year)
  • Miranda Fallon, Preschool at FES (Pre-K Educator of the Year)
  • Cassie Benak, Behavioral Interventionist/Counselor at GHS (Counselor of the Year)
  • Jody Faris, Custodian at GES (Custodian of the Year)
  • Ardell Savage, Driver at GPS (Driver of the Year)
  • Dan Dzingle, Maintenance at GPS (Grounds/Maintenance of the Year)
  • Ashley Koch, Nurse at GHS (Nurse of the Year)
  • Pam Heon, Nutrition at GES (Nutrition/FANS Staff of the Year)
  • Hannah Obiden, Resource Para at FES (Para/SPED Support Staff of the Year)
  • Kristie Hazuka, Library Para at WES (Para/SPED Support Staff of the Year)
  • Amy Huckins, Para at GES (Para/SPED Support Staff of the Year)
  • Lisa Batenhorst, Secretary at ACMS (Secretary of the Year)

Thanks to our generous donor, MCL Construction, we were able to honor educators, support staff, and administrators that have made significant and positive contributions to Gretna students, schools, and the Gretna community

Our Impact During the 2022 - 2023 School Year

  • Scholarships Given


  • Student Enrollment


  • Teacher Grants


  • Certified Teachers


Thank you to our sponsors!

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