Year Awarded: 2009
Ashland-Greenwood High School
Teacher of Family and Consumer Science and Spanish
"...very little positive can be said about teenage pregnancy, promiscuous sexual behavior, moving out of the home and away from 'impossible' parents prior to graduating... or engaging in other risky personal behaviors. Yet Ms. Lueking has demonstrated time and time again the ability to convey these messages in a manner that kids and parents accept as an effort to help and educate." Nominator
Nancy Lueking"I have the following quote from Goethe taped to my podium in my classroom, "I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous... In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or deescalated, and a person humanized or dehumanized." ... As a teacher I do have an incredible power to affect a life."