Inspiring Teacher Receives Award

By Joe Dejka

It’s hard to keep a secret in an elementary school, but this time it worked.

Teacher Rebecca Streff said she was “clueless” before the big announcement on Monday that she received a Milken Educator Award — the only one in Nebraska this year.

When a Milken Family Foundation official attending an all-school assembly spilled the beans — telling them that a teacher at North Bend Central Elementary School would get it and a $25,000 prize — she sat in the bleachers thinking about all the other staff who deserved it.

And when her name was announced, she was in disbelief.

“I wanted to look back and see if there was another Rebecca there,” she said.

Streff said she was deeply humbled to receive the award.

She said the school has plenty of other “amazing and outstanding” staff who could have been honored.

Streff, 36, has been a teacher for 14 years, spending three years in the Lincoln Public Schools before coming to North Bend. Her husband, Ken, is a social studies teacher at North Bend High School.

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