Two teachers in the Westside Community Schools have received awards recognizing their contributions to the school district.
Mary D'Angelo and Cheryl Houser were presented with the Phillip and Terri Schrager Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award, which comes with a monetary prize of $10,000 each, during a ceremony last week at Westside High School.
D'Angelo, a social studies teacher at the Westside High School Career Center, has worked in the district for the past 12 years. She was recognized as an exceptional teacher who helps all students achieve their potential. According to the school district, she has a passion for social studies and shares it with her students, delivering lessons that engage them in learning.
She is a member of the Westside Education Association and the National Education Association.
Houser, a fifth-grade teacher at Westbrook Elementary, has spent the past 22 years with the district.
A master teacher, she demonstrates leadership and innovation in her classroom, the district said. She gives students confidence to take risks in areas outside the classroom, the district said, and teaches them to accept responsibility and build independence.
Houser is a member of the Westside Education Association, the National Teachers Association and the Nebraska Educational Technology Association.
The Phillip and Terri Schrager Foundation provides philanthropic support for a variety of community activities, with a focus on young people.
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