Congratulations to 2016 Buffett award winners

OPS TLA teachers win 2016 Alice Buffett Teacher Awards
OPS TLA teachers win 2016 Alice Buffett Teacher Awards

OPS TLA teachers Thomas Gamble of Math in the Middle Cohort 1 and Jennifer Miller of Primarily Math Cohort 1 were two of 15 Omaha Public Schools teachers honored with the 2016 Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award.

The award, presented each year since 1988, goes to 15 OPS nominees with at least two years of teaching experience. The award is named for an aunt of Warren Buffett who taught high school home economics in OPS for more than 35 years.

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation sponsors the awards. Each winner receives an engraved medallion, $10,000 and $500 in McDonald’s gift certificates. Awardees, who are nominated by colleagues, students and parents, were recognized at a dinner Friday night.

Here is more information about them:

Thomas Gamble

» Sixth-grade teacher at Wilson Focus School

» Bachelor’s and master’s from UNO, master's from UNL

» 20 years with OPS

A parent said, “He pushes my son out of his comfort zone to reach the full potential he recognizes in him. He demands much of his students while demanding even more of himself.”

Jennifer Miller

» Special education teacher at Dundee Elementary

» Bachelor’s from Wayne State College, master's from UNL

» 16 years with OPS

A colleague said, “My students with special needs have shown growth in both reading and math that have far exceeded expectations thanks to Mrs. Miller.”