The McCook Chamber of Commerce has named McCook Community College instructor Janet Stalder the 2020 Educator of the Year. An in-person ceremony is expected to take place on campus in the spring.
Stalder has taught a variety of business classes including accounting/business, business and technology and computer science. Earlier this year, she was named postsecondary teacher of the year by the Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska.
She serves as co-advisor of the Phi Beta Lambda and was named to its national Wall of Fame in 2005 as well as Nebraska Phi Beta Lambda Advisor Wall of Fame in 2017
Stalder has participated in numerous "Put the Teacher to Work Initiatives" and has interned in a wide variety of practical business settings to gain insights that she can share with her students to better prepare them for the workplace and their careers.
She was instrumental in creating and implementing a college placement agency and a temporary employment services agency and through Phi Beta Lambda.
The Educator of the Year award is funded by Allen D. Strunk, former owner and publisher of the McCook Daily Gazette, and distributed by the McCook Chamber of Commerce.
The award is to encourage and recognize outstanding performance in education, with special emphasis on motivating students to reach their highest potential. Nominations for the award are open to educators or administrators from area K-12 schools and McCook Community College, or any part thereof, are eligible for the award.