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BRAD JACOBSEN SELECTED AS NEBRASKA PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR

Nebraska State Association of Secondary School Principals Announces 2018-19 Nebraska High School Principal of the Year

    The Nebraska State Association of Secondary School Principals is proud to recognize Brad Jacobsen, Secondary Principal of Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools, as the Nebraska High School Principal of the Year for 2018-19.

    Mr. Brad Jacobsen has been selected to represent Nebraska as the High School Principal of the Year. He will travel to Washington D.C. in September where he will be under consideration with his peers for National High School Principal of the Year. Brad received his Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree in 1994 from Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska; his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the Doane College in 2006; and he is currently working on his Educational Specialist Degree from Wayne State College with an anticipated completion in 2019. Brad is currently in his ninth year as the Secondary Principal for Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools. He also served as a Physical Education Teacher and Coach at Ashland-Greenwood from 1996 to 2009 and a Physical Education Teacher and Coach at St. Edward Public Schools in St. Edward, Nebraska from 1994 to 1996.

    Brad has been active in several professional organizations such as the Nebraska Council of School Administrators (NCSA); National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP); and Nebraska State Association of Secondary School Principals (NSASSP). Brad has served on the leadership team of NSASSP Region I since 2014-15 and is currently serving as the Region I President.

    Since 2010, Brad has served as the President of the Capital Conference Board of Control. He is also a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) both at the National level and in Nebraska. Brad has served on school accreditation teams at Oakland-Craig, South Sioux City, and Creighton Preparatory High School. He is also active in his local church as a member and youth leader as well as a director for the Ashland Junior Jays Boys Youth Basketball.

    Mr. Jacobsen has made several significant contributions to the profession. At the top of the list is providing steady and positive leadership by providing professional development towards the implementation of the Marzano Framework in his building; as well as building personal and professional relationships with staff, students, parents, patrons, and working collaboratively with staff to improve the culture of the school and ultimately to improve student performance. He has been very willing to share these strategies with other schools as well as presenting at area and statewide conferences. Just recently he testified on behalf of NSASSP in front of the State Legislature’s Education Committee in opposition to LB 595.

    Mr. Jason Libal, Superintendent of Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools, states, “I have found one of Brad’s greatest strengths to be his ability to build strong and powerful relationships with those around him. This not only pertains to his students, but also his peers. Brad has an innate ability to make those around him feel comfortable. Brad’s ability and effort to connect with those around him make him a truly collaborative leader.”

    Janice Jacobs, an English Teacher at Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools, noted, “As a teacher, I have especially appreciated the trust and confidence Brad places on his staff members. This trust creates a very positive culture which radiates out to our students. As teachers, we strive to consistently improve our instruction because we want to deserve Brad’s trust.”

    Connor Goff, a student commented, “In my junior high years, I got to know Mr. Jacobsen fairly well as I had the privilege of spending some “quality” one-on-one time with him in his office. At that age, I did not always see eye to eye with his choices. As I grew older, I learned that his decisions helped mold me into the better person that I am today, and I see that he is doing this for every student in the school. He wants to see the best of every single student and has helped transform many of us into very responsible and respectful people.”