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 his wife, Adrienne, asked him Tuesday night what he was wearing for school the next day.
Teachers apply for the award, submit examples of lesson plans and secure letters of support. The selection is made by a committee that includes former teachers of the year and a member of the Nebraska State Board of Education.
Timm was one of three finalists for the award. Michael Sandstrom of Chadron High School in Chadron and Sarah Staples-Farmer of Lincoln East High School in Lincoln also were finalists and will be recognized as Award of Excellence winners.