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District Remembers Schrager Distinguished Teacher

Posted July 10, 2019

Tom Carman, a retired Westside High School Teacher honored with a Schrager Distinguished Teacher Award, died Tuesday in Omaha after a brave battle with cancer.

Carman was a longtime Social Studies Teacher at Westside High School and Department Head. In 2006, he was presented the Schrager Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest honor given through Westside Community Schools.

“He was an inspirational teacher,” said Dana Blakely, Westside Board of Education member and Westside High graduate.He is one of the few important influences in my life that not only piqued my interest in and passion for political science but also bears some responsibility for my teaching career. He was a gem, who carried his love for Westside into his retirement years.¬† I feel fortunate to have been taught by him.”

“Tom Carman was one of the most respected instructors at Westside High School,” said Dave Richardson with the Westside Education Association. “His ¬†classes were rigorous and intellectually ¬†stimulating. Many of his students, years after graduation, remark on the importance of the things they learned in American History from Tom Carman.”

A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, July 20 at Heafy Hoffman Dworak Cutler Mortuary from 5:00-9:00pm. Tom’s wife, Jan, also a retired Westside Community Schools teacher, asks that donations be sent to the Westside Foundation for a scholarship to be established in Tom Carman’s name.

ELEMENTARY | Start 8:40 - Dismiss 3:30 ( Wednesdays | Dismiss 3:00 )
MIDDLE SCHOOL | Start 8:00 - Dismiss 3:15 ( Wednesdays | Dismiss 2:44 )
HIGHSCHOOL | Start 8:00 - Dismiss 3:10 ( Wednesdays | Dismiss 2:50 )