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Former Lincoln Public Schools teacher Leona Penner was awarded the prestigious Milton Beckman Lifetime Achievement Award at the NATM/NATS (Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics/Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science) Fall Conference Sept. 19-21 in Kearney.

Penner was nominated by Shelby Aaberg, 2015 Nebraska Teacher of the Year and 2013 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

“Leona’s career as a mathematics teacher spanned four decades," Aaberg said. "Her continued work with the MATHCOUNTS national writing committee and the MATHCOUNTS state contest ... is a testament to her passion for mathematics and for teaching.”

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The Milton Beckman Lifetime Achievement Award was established by the NATM Board in 1989. Its purpose is to honor outstanding mathematics educators who have spent a lifetime working on the improvement of mathematics education in the state of Nebraska.

The awardee must have devoted a career to improving mathematics education in Nebraska, been an active member of the NATM and NCTM, demonstrated leadership in promoting mathematics as a science and a field of study, demonstrated outstanding teaching, and demonstrated leadership in the developing and implementing new teaching strategies and technology for teaching mathematics.

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