And the Milken Educator Award goes to Bellevue West Math Teacher Jacob Eitzen
The Bellevue West Thunderdome erupted with applause as Math teacher Jacob Eitzen received the surprise of a lifetime Thursday morning: a 2023-24 Nebraska Milken Educator Award! Nebraska Department of Education Commissioner of Education Dr. Brian Maher joined in to celebrate the math teacher, who was still in disbelief as he made his way across the gym through thunderous cheers.
A proud University of Nebraska-Lincoln alum, Jacob gets students excited about math by infusing Husker trivia and game day stats into the mathematical concepts he teaches. His high expectations and targeted remedial lessons create pathways for each Bellevue West student to succeed. A dedicated leader, Eitzen trains his colleagues to use online intervention programs to ensure all students receive the support they need. Eitzen sponsors the Bellevue West's National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapters, along with his role as the head of Bellevue West's MTSS (multi-tiered system of support) team.