May 16, 2022

Getting "Corny" with Lee Perez - PC094


This week, we were joined by Lee Perez, the 2022 Nebraska Teacher of the Year.

This week, we were joined by Lee Perez, the 2022 Nebraska Teacher of the Year.

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Lee Perez

Mr. Lee Perez

Lee Perez is a 5th-8th grade English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School in Omaha, Nebraska. Perez holds an Associate of Arts degree from Mid-Plains Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He holds two teaching endorsements which are grades 7-12 Social Sciences and PK-12 ESL. Perez has taught for 15 years in the very diverse urban Omaha Public Schools district. He started his career at Marrs Magnet Middle School teaching 7th grade World Studies for the Dual Language program for 12 years. He has spent the last three years teaching ESL at Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School. Perez also coaches boys’ Cross-Country and Track and Field at Buffett. Perez has received several recognitions for his efforts as a teacher. He was the recipient of the 2021 Award for Teaching Excellence through the Nebraska State Education Association and was also named a Cox Communication Omaha area Education Hero. He is also a part of the Commissioners of Education’s Teacher Advisory Committee, the Hispanic/Chicano representative for the Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee, and a member of the National Education Association’s Teachers of color cohort. Perez is passionate about multilingual education, culturally responsive teaching pedagogy, and being an advocate for more English Learner training and awareness for all teachers. Perez also believes in diversifying the teaching workforce in Nebraska and nationwide by recruiting and retaining more teachers of color. For his efforts in the classroom, Lee was named the 2022 Nebraska Teacher of the Year. He was the first male, Latinx, and ESL teacher to receive this recognition in Nebraska's history. Lee is also halfway done with his Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.