Longtime Schwegler Elementary teacher wins annual Bobs Award

photo by: Lawrence Schools Foundation/Contributed Photo

Susan Lomshek, a third grade teacher at Schwegler Elementary School, gets a hug as she holds a check she received as the 2019 Bobs Award winner during an all-school assembly on May 15, 2019. The annual award is given to extraordinary teachers in Lawrence Public Schools.

Susan Lomshek, a third grade teacher at Schwegler Elementary School, is the 2019 Bobs Award winner, the Lawrence Schools Foundation announced in a news release Thursday.

Lomshek has taught at Schwegler for 29 years, following her parents’ footsteps into the profession, according to the release.

The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, is given each year to a teacher who exemplifies extraordinary instruction skills, shows commitment and dedication to teaching, focuses on individual student achievement and “administers to the whole child, guiding each student to achieve his full potential,” among other considerations, according to the release. Lomshek received the award Wednesday morning during an all-school assembly, the release says.

Kristal Wilson, a fourth grade teacher at the school, said in the release that Lomshek takes time to observe each student individually, finding the best approach for each one.

“Her commitment and nurturing attitude are characteristics that make Susan stand out from other teachers,” Wilson said in the release. “… Susan encourages her students to take responsibility for their own learning while providing them with guidance and mentoring.”

The Bobs Award was created more than 22 years ago by a group of civic leaders who shared the first name of Bob, according to the release. The benefactors “choose to remain anonymous to focus attention on the outstanding educators selected annually to receive the award,” the release says.


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