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2022 Celebrating Excellence in Education winner

Thea Lippoldt began her teaching career with the special education cooperative and instantly felt at home at Maize. “I loved the community feeling in the building, the support from my building administration, and knew that when Maize took over special education, I wanted to be a part of it,” she said. Now, she teaches 9th- through 12-grade special education social studies classes at Maize High School. During the 2021-22 school year, she was named one of 14 Celebrating Excellence in Education Award winners.

During her student teaching, she was drawn to the students who had various learning struggles and found her educational home in helping them. In her role, she is grateful to have the opportunity to influence the lives of her students and help guide them to find their voice and advocate for themselves. She hopes, through her teaching, her students view her as an adult who cares about them. “I hope they recognize that learning can be fun, and it’s OK to not know the answer at times. Nothing is wrong with struggling.”

Congratulations, Mrs. Lippoldt. We are proud to have you part of the #OneMa1ze team!Learn more about Maize USD 266’s Celebrating Excellence in Education award at bit.ly/CelebrateExcellence266.