Aurora Middle School’s Math Teacher Scott Phillips Crowned 2024 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

 Aurora Middle School’s Math Teacher Scott Phillips Crowned 2024 Nebraska Teacher of the YearIn a testament to his dedication, passion and innovative teaching methods, Scott Phillips, a math teacher at Aurora Middle School, has been honored as the 2024 Nebraska Teacher of the Year. This prestigious award recognizes Phillips’ outstanding contributions to education and his commitment to inspiring students both inside and outside the classroom.

With 14 years of experience under his belt, Phillips has become a beloved figure in the Aurora community, known for his unwavering enthusiasm for teaching and his ability to connect with students on a personal level. His journey to becoming the 2024 Nebraska Teacher of the Year is a testament to his hard work and dedication to the field of education.

Scott Phillips’ teaching philosophy revolves around making math accessible and enjoyable for all students, regardless of their background or skill level. He is not only a teacher but also a mentor, coach and role model to his students, encouraging them to believe in themselves and strive for excellence in everything they do.

Upon receiving the award, Phillips expressed his gratitude and humility, stating, “It’s a lifestyle. Being a teacher is a way of life for my family… Obviously for Aurora, it’s a pretty big deal, and being able to represent not just our state but our community of Aurora is a really special thing.” This sentiment underscores Phillips’ deep-rooted connection to his students and his community, highlighting his genuine commitment to making a difference in the lives of those around him.

Nebraska Commissioner of Education Brian Maher praised Phillips’ exceptional teaching abilities, stating, “Maybe you can tell me if he deserved it,” during the award presentation, eliciting laughter from students and family members alike. Principal Jeremy Wieseler echoed Maher’s sentiments, praising Phillips for his dedication and passion for teaching. “I appreciate everything he does — he is a fantastic teacher. I can’t think of someone more deserving of this,” Wieseler remarked.

In addition to Phillips, two other finalists, Shelly Mowinkel of Milford High School and Amy Page of Forest Station Elementary School in Omaha, were recognized for their exemplary contributions to education. While Phillips emerged as the 2024 Nebraska Teacher of the Year, all three finalists were commended for their dedication and commitment to their students and their profession.

As the 2024 Nebraska Teacher of the Year, Phillips will represent the state’s educators in the National Teacher of the Year competition, where he will showcase his innovative teaching methods and commitment to excellence. His message, focused on overcoming the fear of failure and promoting excellence as a habit, will resonate with educators nationwide, inspiring them to strive for greatness in their own classrooms.

In the words of one of Phillips’ students, “He just started teaching math a little bit differently than other teachers would… He doesn’t make it boring like, ‘Hey, just solve these problems.’ He’s just like, ‘Hey, let’s make this fun.'” This sentiment encapsulates Phillips’ approach to teaching and his unwavering dedication to making a positive impact on his students’ lives. As the 2024 Nebraska Teacher of the Year, Scott Phillips’ legacy will continue to inspire future generations of educators and students alike.

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