LINCOLN – The Nebraska Council of School Administrators presented Senator Lynne Walz with their annual Friend of Education Award at Administrators’ Days in Lincoln last Thursday.
Since 2012, NCSA has honored a non-member who has demonstrated exceptional, distinguished leadership on behalf of public education with the Friend of Education Award. Senator Walz represents District 15 in the Nebraska Unicameral, encompassing Fremont and Dodge county, and is a former educator.
“Being chosen for this award is a huge honor,” Walz said, as just the third state senator to receive the award. “Being a former teacher, it means a lot to me because I know how hard teachers work, and I want to make sure I am fighting for teachers in our education system.”
Prioritizing public education and academic opportunities, specifically in reading, has been a focal point for Walz during her time in legislation. “If children can’t read,” she explained, “they can easily lose confidence in other aspects of their lives.”
“Protecting our education system is important to our children and families, our ability to build communities and to our future.” Senator Walz said “Receiving this award means a lot in that respect.”
NCSA Executive Director Dr. Mike Dulaney, who presented the award at Administrators’ Days, called the legislative work of Senator Walz a great benefit to Nebraska’s public schools.
“Senator Walz is a true friend of education, and the commitment she’s shown to elevating the discussion around the public education system in the state of Nebraska makes her incredibly deserving of this award,” said Dr. Dulaney.