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Teacher of the Month-Lexi Woita group

From left are Ben Martens, U.S. Bank; Sue Braun, principal, St. Michael School; Lexi Woita, Teacher of the Month; and Wayne Casper, chairman of the Lincoln East Rotary Club Teacher of the Month committee.

Lexi Woita grew up as the only girl and oldest sibling in a family of six children in Wahoo, Nebraska. She says that experience helped establish her path to becoming a teacher at St. Michael Catholic School in Lincoln.

“I chose teaching as a profession because I loved being around my five younger brothers growing up, and I just loved working with kids,” Woita says. “I also had some amazing teachers growing up, and I wanted to be just like them someday and help students love learning. I am very lucky to also be in a school where I can share my Catholic faith every day.”

St. Michael Principal Sue Braun says that because Woita has a deep passion for her beliefs and for teaching art, and an even deeper caring for each individual child, she puts in a great deal of extra effort for her students.

“Lexi is a teacher who says ‘yes,’” Braun explains. “When a child has an idea, she goes above and beyond to bring his or her dreams to reality. She dedicates countless extra hours to make memorable, meaningful experiences happen for students.”

The school walls are full of beautiful, creative works of art that students have created under Woita’s caring guidance, Braun adds.

“Miss Woita is enthusiastic, positive and willing to do whatever it takes to help students succeed and make our school better,” she says. “She volunteers for many activities above and beyond her teaching responsibilities and always brings joy and a cheerful attitude to whatever she does.”

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In addition to teaching K-8 art classes, Woita serves as athletic director and cross country coach for St. Michael.

She is a graduate of Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo. She earned a degree in elementary and special education with an emphasis in art from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Since then, she has taught for four years at St. Michael.

Recently, Woita was named Teacher of the Month by the Lincoln East Rotary Club and U.S. Bank. She received $100 each from East Rotary and U.S. Bank, with one of the awards covering the purchase of classroom materials and the other award for her personal use.

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L Magazine editor

Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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