New Educator Spotlight: Katie Placke

Every week, we will be featuring one of our new LPS educators to get to know a little more about them and why they chose to be an educator. This week's New Educator Spotlight is Katie Placke, school counselor at Lincoln Northeast High School.

Building/Department: Northeast High School

Teaching Assignment/Role: School Counselor

Why did you want to become an educator?
I had so many great teachers and coaches throughout middle school, high school, and college that truly impacted my life for the better because of the way they invested in me as a person beyond the classroom and beyond athletics. I wanted the same opportunity to build safe, positive, and supportive relationships with students and invest in their lives to help them become the best version of themselves.

What has been your favorite part of working for Lincoln Public Schools?
I have had the opportunity to work at multiple schools within LPS and in each school I have felt supported and encouraged in the work I am doing. LPS has created a culture of professionalism, support, and individuals working together to ensure success for all students within the district. I am grateful to work alongside such caring educators who have a passion for what they are doing.

Did you attend Lincoln Public Schools as a student? If so, which school(s)? If not, where are you from?
I graduated from Northwest High School in Grand Island.

Where did you attend college?
I received my undergraduate degree from Hastings College and my master's degree from Doane University.

What is your favorite part of being an educator?
My favorite part of being an educator is having a front row seat to the growth and success of students throughout the year. I love being able to help students successfully navigate the highs and lows of life so that when they leave LPS, they are the best human beings they can be and are able to pursue whatever they want in the next chapter of their lives.

Published: May 4, 2023, Updated: May 4, 2023