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TCA instructor Dan Nickel wins awards

Dan Nickel and Diane Bartels.

Southeast Community College and Career Academy Instructor Dan Nickel was presented with the 2020 Air Force Association State Teacher of the Year Award, as well as the Lincoln Chapter Teacher of the Year Award. Nickel teaches Instructional Technology courses and sponsors The Career Academy’s three Cyber Patriot teams.

“I am honored and blessed to be included within such an elite group of educators,” Nickel said upon receiving the awards.

Annually, the Air Force Association chapters worldwide recognize teachers at both the chapter and state levels. The Teacher of the Year program recognizes classroom teachers for their accomplishments and achievements in educating K-12 students about science, technology, engineering, and math. Additional criteria for the award includes preparing students to contribute to tomorrow’s technologies.

“It’s a unique opportunity for AFA to recognize and reward outstanding teachers who are furthering excellence in the classroom,” said Diane Bartels, Aerospace Education vice president for the Lincoln chapter. “Dan has solicited equipment donations from local businesses for special student projects, facilitated industry-sponsored scholarships and assisted students in finding summer internships.”

Nickel received a certificate, Air Force Association merchandise and a check for $1,000 to be used in the classroom.


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