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Plattsmouth woman receives award for excellence in teaching

PLATTSMOUTH (SNR) – During Plattsmouth’s Harvest Festival Sept. 17, long-time resident Monica Yankus received the 2016 Lucille McLean Award.

Yankus is the kindergarten teacher at St. John the Baptist School in Plattsmouth, and has been with the school 23 years.

“Monica is a beautiful example of many positive qualities; joy, professionalism, mentor, friend, educator and Christian,” said Debi Baumert, art teacher at St. John School and owner of Colour Art Studio. “Our community and its youth are blessed to call Monica ours.”

The Lucille McLean award is given each year to an outstanding educator who has also been actively involved in the community. The award was presented to Yankus by the Gamma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) Teacher’s Honorary in memory of Lucille Essert McLean, a long-time teacher in Cass County and a charter member of ADK.

“Monica’s joyful personality is such a blessing to have for our children as they begin learning and loving Jesus and the various academic subjects,” said Father Loras Grell, chief administrator officer of St. John the Baptist and pastor at Church of the Holy Spirit.

Yankus has been an active member of Church of the Holy Spirit in Plattsmouth for 30 years. She currently serves on the school’s strategic planning committee and also helps with annual festivals and activities at the church. She is also an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma and currently serves as treasurer. She is a past member of the Organization of Plattsmouth Women, Extension Club and has served on the Plattsmouth Public Library Board.

“I am honored and humbled by this award and by the support I’ve received from the Plattsmouth community and Church of the Holy Spirit,” she said. “I accept this award on behalf of all the amazing teachers and staff at St. John’s who are also deserving of this recognition,” said Yankus.

St. John the Baptist School opened in 1884. It serves 181 students in grades pre-K through 8.

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