Big surprise ‘a little surreal’ for Lyons-Decatur science teacher | Articles

While Timm relishes what small-town life offers him and his family, he said he encourages children to broaden their horizons.

“Our school’s gone 1-to1. Every kid (grades) 7 to 12 has a laptop,” he said. “Those kids are connecting to the world, and we can bring the world here through that process. So I want those kids to realize that, though you’re located in a place that you have to zoom in quite a ways on Google Earth to find us, that they have connections to the outside world, that they can bring themselves to the world while still getting a quality education here.”

Timm was inspired to become a teacher when, in high school, he attended a leadership conference in Washington, D.C.

Being named Teacher of the Year is “a little surreal,” he said.

“It was a surprise,” he said, but he had an inkling something was up when

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Four weigh in on Board of Education challenges | Articles

How do you ensure special education students, who generally don’t thrive in remote learning, are getting the education they’re entitled to receive?

Fricke said COVID-19 has affected special education students disproportionately. “If they needed that in-person contact, at no fault of their own or their parents, they weren’t able to receive it,” she said. Teachers have worked hard on it, but “it fell short in so many ways.” Officials at the department were aware it wasn’t working in some places, and they’re working to improve it, she said.

Petrescu said COVID-19 has put a “tremendous burden” on parents and their children with special needs.

“If we don’t support the parents enough, we wouldn’t be supporting the children either,” he said. “When the air blows out of an airplane, you have to put your air mask on first, before you help somebody else.” Every child needs to be nurtured for their

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION | Articles | omaha.com



PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander has been happy to have players back on campus after spending so long working over Zoom. “Leadership is a contact sport,” he said. “Not being able to touch those uys, hug ’em, and just be with those guys every day was the hard part.”




LINCOLN — Fundamentally, Erik Chinander is a teacher. His subject is football, his classroom is a field 120 yards long and he’s being graded by millions of Nebraska fans just as closely as he grades his players. The man is a teacher, and he’s experienced the roller coaster of the past six months like most educators.

The joys and frustrations of Zoom meetings, for starters. Chinander, talking to the media Tuesday for the first time since March, had a lot of those online sessions in the first part of the pandemic.

“With kids, it’s trying to

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