WAYNE – Late last week, Executive Director for Nebraska State Education Association (NESA), Maddie Fennell made several stops on her northeast Nebraska tour preparing teachers for the upcoming school year.
On March 1 of this year Fennel began her work as Executive Director of the 28,000-member Nebraska State Education Association.
Born in Omaha, going through the North Platte school system, Fennell talked about her recent history.
“I was a teacher in the Omaha Public Schools for 27 years,” said Fennell. “First, Fourth and sixth grade. For the last couple years, I was actually on loan to the U.S. Department of Education. I worked for the Secretary of Education on Teacher Leadership Projects across the country.”
Fennell earned her undergraduate degree from Creighton University, a Master of Science in Elementary Education and a Certificate in Urban Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She also received an endorsement in assessment from the University Nebraska at Lincoln.
This year, Fennel was elected as Chair of Board of Directors for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year in July. She previously served as Secretary of the Board.
Fennel gave some words of wisdom to first-year teachers.
“I always encourage people to make sure that they realize that they are in this for the long haul,” Fennel added. “But then I think what’s really important for all new teachers to understand, is that the first best teacher of every child is the parent and so the first relationship they need to form is with a parent.”
Fennel was also honored in 2007 with the Carol Stowe Humanitarian Award from the National Education Association.
Catch the complete interview on Thursday, August 3 just after 9 a.m. on Big Red Country 104.9.
Contact the Nebraska State Education Association at 402-475-7611.