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WHS Teacher Named Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year

Posted October 24, 2018

Westside High School Business Teacher Jeanette Kleppinger has been named the 2018 Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year by the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force. The group, also known as NETForce, recognizes educators who have made significant contributions toward the organization, implementation, development or evaluation of entrepreneurship education in Nebraska.

Kleppinger was a key figure in the creation of the Nebraska Furniture Mart School of Entrepreneurial Thinking, a groundbreaking $150,000 partnership between Westside Community Schools and Nebraska Furniture Mart. Through this program, currently in its first full year, students are fully immersed into the business world to learn entrepreneurial skills, leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and corporate insight as they prepare for future careers. Click here to learn more.

In addition to overseeing this pilot as the new Teacher of Entrepreneurial Thinking, Kleppinger is also a leader in the award-winning Westside High School Business Department.

“I am humbled by the recognition and am thankful that I work in an environment that supports innovation in the classroom based on what is best for our students,” said Kleppinger.

Recipients of this award must showcase achievements in classroom instruction, community-based learning, mentoring programs, internships and/or student organization leadership. Superintendent Dr. Blane McCann, who nominated Kleppinger for this award, says she has demonstrated all of those skills.

“I nominated Jeanette because she is a forward-thinking, innovative teacher who is preparing kids for the Nebraska workforce,” said Dr. McCann. “She’s just a fantastic teacher.”

Kleppinger will receive her award at the NETForce Awards Luncheon during the Entrepreneurship Best Practices Summit on October 30 in York.

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