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#RiseGI: GIPS staff energized at all-staff assembly

GIPS/Phil Kuhl

We had so much fun at our all-staff assembly getting excited for the coming year. GIPS is ready to empower our educators, personalize our education for students, design our decisions with data and partner with our community to ensure we have students who thrive!

Thanks to our many community partners who joined us to make this event special. Board of Education president Bonnie Hinkle, State Senators Curt Friesen and Dan Quick, Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce president Cindy Johnson and GIEA president Michelle Carter all spoke to staff, welcoming them to the new year.

Our event was made special with help from many of our students, including the GISH AFJROTC cadets, a collection of students (and staff) performing songs and the entire GISH Marching Band leading the auditorium in the fight song, Rise Grand Island!

Of course, a big highlight as always was the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation Teacher of the Year Awards. We are so thankful for the Foundation's support and the support from First National Bank.


  • Elementary Teacher of the Year: Rebecca Waind, Stolley Park Elementary.
  • Middle School Teacher of the Year: Ellie Peterson, Westridge Middle School.
  • High School Teacher of the Year: Laura McQuinn, Grand Island Senior High.
  • Specialist/Counselor of the Year: Patti Bennett, Grand Island Senior High.
  • Non-teaching Staff member of the Year: Jasmine Rios-Alvarado, Howard Elementary.
  • Administrator of the Year: Jeanna Randall, retired principal, Jefferson Elementary.

Along the way we had a fashion show, thanks to help from local partners Goldenrod Clothing Boutique, Younkers, Dillard's, Kohl's and Men's Wearhouse. Having ten staff members model what it can look like to wear jeans and be professional was quite fun!

We also heard from Learning Sciences International CEO Michael D. Toth, with a keynote on the new economy and how education needs to change for our students to thrive. These 1500+ GIPS employees are energized, engaged and ready for students later this week! Thanks to all who played a part in this fun event.

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