Outstanding Alumnus Award
Leona Penner, Lincoln, Neb., majored in mathematics and languages (German), graduating in 1966 with a bachelor of arts degree.
Penner retired in May 2012 after teaching mathematics for 46 years. From 1970-2013, she taught an integrated math course specifically designed for gifted and motivated students. The program is called Elements of Mathematics, although in Lincoln, it became known as “Penner Math” because it defined her and she defined it.
Penner was honored in 1987, 2006 and 2008 in Washington, D.C., as most influential teacher of a Presidential Scholar Winner with three different students. Other honors include being nominated as Teacher of the Year for Lincoln public schools in 1982, selected as a Nebraska Math Scholar as one of 66 outstanding Nebraska teachers chosen in 1986-88; and received the
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching in 1989.
She will be presented with the alumnus award during the Alumni Banquet at noon Saturday, June 7.