Amy Leising

Zoo Academy, Omaha Public Schools
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Leising earned a Bachelor of Science inFisheries and Wildlife from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and her master’s degree in secondary education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and became a certified biology teacher. She taught at Bryan High School for 10 years before moving to the career center at Omaha Public Schools, where she teaches in Zoo Academy. As a Zoo Academy instructor, Leising teaches veterinarian science, environmental science, and zoo research, and she co-teaches a zoo operations course.

In a typical school year, Leising said students in her veterinarian science and environmental science classes spend two days a week in the classroom doing more formal classroom-setting science learning. In 2019, Leising won the Presidential Award for Excellence inMathematics and Science Teaching. She became one of two teachers from Nebraska to achieve this award in 2019.

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