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Tracy Jakubowski named NCPA High School Teacher of the Year


Grand Island Senior High School teacher Tracy Jakubowski has been named the 2020-2021 Nebraska College Preparatory Academy (NCPA) High School Teacher of the Year.

Nominations are provided by NCPA scholars and submitted for review.

“When Karen (Palacios) shared with me that I had been selected for this honor, I was humbled,” said Mrs. Jakubowski. “From writing nominations for eighth graders when I taught at Walnut Middle School to supporting NCPA students in my classroom at GISH, I have seen firsthand the opportunities the academy provides for our kids. 

“It has also been so amazing to watch former students from afar on their journeys as college students after they launch from GIPS. Being nominated and chosen as NCPA's High School Teacher of the Year means so much, because it comes from the students and they are the reason we do what we do. Throughout my career in education, I have learned that the foundation of teaching is forming solid relationships and for kids to feel like they have someone in their corner; this award reaffirms that they feel supported and that is what matters.”

“I am very proud of Mrs. Jakubowski and the impact she has had on so many of our students,” said Grand Island Senior High School Executive Principal Jeff Gilbertson. “This award is so well-deserved. Mrs. Jakubowski is a tireless worker and a remarkable leader. We are honored to have her at GISH.”

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