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Kindergarten Teacher (Distant Learners)


Cox is once again partnering with NFM to honor the amazing work of educators in the area. The Cox Education Heroes program offers an opportunity to celebrate a favorite teacher or school employee — someone who is making a difference in education or in the lives of students. 


Fifty (50) selected honorees will be featured online and will receive a prize package consisting of a $250 gift card to NFM, an Education Heroes water bottle, and Education Heroes t-shirts for staff members at their school.


Nominations were accepted

Tuesday, March 1 through Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Nominations could include teachers or school employees — paraprofessionals, administrative and custodial staff, nurses, counselors, and learning specialists — in the greater Omaha and Council Bluffs areas.  

School district procurement decision-makers such as superintendents, principals, and IT department leaders are not eligible.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THE PROGRAM. Nominators must be legal residents of the 50 US & DC who are 18+ and reside in Cox’s greater Omaha, NE service area. Begins 8:00 a.m. CT on 3/1/22 & ends 11:59 p.m. CT on 6/1/22.

Void where prohibited. Subject to Official Rules, available at  Sponsor: Cox Communications, Inc.  

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Riannon Bell
Kitchen Manager
Nelson Mandela Elementary

When COVID hit, our families panicked.  Not only were parents now expected to provide a learning space and assistance at home, they were going to feed their children every meal.  92.8% of our kids qualify for free and reduced lunch. They rely on the school for breakfast, lunch, and a snack after school each day.   Ms. Bell, our kitchen manager, responded immediately and ordered, prepared, and facilitated handing out over 3,500 meals PER WEEK for almost 20 weeks to reach those most in need.  

Tammy Lewis
Teacher - Rockbrook Elementary

Mrs. Lewis is our Education Hero because of all the love and care she provides her first grade class on a daily basis.  This has been a very challenging year, but Mrs. Lewis has gone above and beyond to ensure her young students receive the excellent guidance and instruction to succeed.  She has put in countless hours outside of school to review online assignments and always provide positive feedback to her students.  This constructive approach towards teaching has motivated and inspired our daughter to make huge strides in reading and math.  

Paul Hoagbin
Teacher - Central Middle School

Mr. Hoagbin has been a Hero to our daughter Lizzy, in both helping her be successful at remote learning, and showing the behaviors needed to bring a      positive attitude to our                    school. When parents             expressed concern about            students starting their                   days feeling down, and                  defeated- Mr. Hoagbin started        bringing his piano outside to the front of the school and played music as all the kids came in for school each morning!! It had immediate impact and was the "talk of the school" for leading by example in spreading positivity to start each school day. Mr. Hagbin- You are our HERO!!

Kerri Dymond
School Nurse - LeMay Elementary

Kerri has had to adjust to many new rules and regulations to keep our school- staff and students, safe this year. She has done so with great flexibility and grace. She welcomes every child who visits her kindly and gently, doing her best to assess their needs and meet them according to the guidelines that are ever-changing. Students never fear having to visit her office, knowing that she is always going to be sweet and helpful, whether it be a temperature check, a package of crackers on an empty tummy or a magical ice pack. 

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