Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting the award winners for our Strengthening Democracy Awards on April 24th at the International Quilt Studies Museum in Lincoln. You can buy tickets here.
Lisa Bales is committed to making a more modern and robust democracy in Nebraska through actively engaging her civics students in our community through substantive service learning.
Lisa is an innovative and tenacious teacher who is always willing to try new programs to ensure that her students are learning how to be critical thinkers and active members of our society. Lisa brings excitement and opportunity to her Civics and Geography classes. This year she demonstrated this commitment as she took on three successful projects with her students including a Capitol Experience Day where her Civics class debated the idea of teachers carrying guns and two service projects centered around the environment, Lincoln’s homeless population and the Nebraska Air National Guard.
When Civic Nebraska created the Civic Action Project in 2012, Lisa along with Cheyenne Janssen led the program and curriculum development for the program that is now in 51 classrooms across the district.
Lisa Bales was born and raised in Lincoln and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1994. After earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska Lincoln she started her teaching career at Lincoln East High School but then was hired at Lincoln Southwest High School and has been with the school since it was opened in 2001. Outside of teaching, Lisa stays busy with her two daughters, Berkeley and Harper.
For her commitment to educating and engaging our future leaders to create a more modern and robust democracy in Nebraska, Lisa Bales is truly an outstanding educator.