Lincoln Teacher Plans to Use Award Money to Bolster Teaching

Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley (left) congratulates Lindsay Hartmann on her Milken Educator Award as Nebraska Department of Education Commissioner Matthew L. Blomstedt and Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, look on. (Photo courtesy Milken Family Foundation)
October 16, 2019 - 1:08pm

A Lincoln middle school science and English teacher, named the state’s most innovative educator this week, plans to use award money to better herself as a teacher.


St. Patrick Catholic’s Lyndsay Hartmann won the Milken Educator Award Tuesday, which comes with $25,000 prize. Hartmann comes from a family of teachers and said she wants to put some of the money toward bettering the school’s computer coding club.

“Now, with the funds that they are able to give me, I can help educate myself and put myself in a better place to execute those ideas," Hartmann said. "Or find materials that I need. Or just take the time to bring those ideas to life.

Hartmann was one of 40 Milken winners from across the country, which recognizes innovation in the classroom. She was the only award winner in Nebraska.

Hartmann founded a peer mentorship program at St. Patrick and also helped write the diocese’s English Language Arts curriculum.

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