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December Staff Members of the Month

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December 11, 2017

Contact:           Jodi Howard




North Platte Public Schools awards Staff Member of the Month

The North Platte Public Schools Foundation in conjunction with North Platte Public schools is excited to announce that Katie McClain and Jami Tatman for being honored as the NPPS Big Award Staff members of the month for December. They are team teaching 4th grade at Eisenhower Elementary School. They are being nominated by their principal Mary Derby. Their nomination goes as follows: Katie and Jami make learning come alive for the students in their classroom. They both serve students, the school, and the district outside the classroom as well. They are role models of collaboration for other staff in our building and across the district. They are innovative in their approach to instruction. They take the time to ensure that students feel loved and welcomed into the classroom and make real connections with their students”


Katie McClain:

This is Katie’s 13th year of teaching fourth graders. She is married to her husband Shad and has two children who are both students of North Platte Public Schools. She loves the responsibility of being a teacher and has been teaching at Eisenhower for 6 years. “Teaching is a very challenging but rewarding profession. Working with people’s children is a huge responsibility and one that I don’t take lightly.  I enjoy classroom discussions we have a friendship that are formed. I love watching the “lightbulb” go off as a new concept is finally realized…” McClain Says.


Jami Tatman:

Jami has been teaching at North Platte Public Schools for about 8 years now. She has taught at Buffalo and Eisenhower schools teaching 4th and 5th grade. Jami is married to her husband Chris since 2009. They have 3 children. “I want to teach them [Jami’s Students] the importance of working hard and not giving up.  It is very humbling when they come back to visit and you see how much the time spent in your class really meant to them.”


The North Platte Public Schools and North Platte Public Schools foundation developed the BIG Staff recognition promotion to provide incentives for deserving teachers and support staff. The program is designed to recognize outstanding teachers and support staff for their contributions to NPPS. The nomination symbolizes the esteem and appreciation that everyone has for our school district employees.


Teachers are rewarded with a gift basket, balloons and a gift card to the Bulldog store at NPHS.  The North Platte Public Schools Foundation is facilitating the program and takes nominations from principals and administration.  Staff members are awarded monthly throughout the school year and will be recognized at the end of the year Education After Hours in the spring.