Ms. Niebrugge was chosen out of 49 teachers as this year’s Teacher of the Year.  Those who nominated her describe her as a talented, innovative, and exemplary teacher.  Ms. Niebrugge creates an engaging, differentiated, and safe classroom environment where students are expected to do their best.  Chasey Niebrugge has changed the II/ESE program at River Hall from one that lacked resources and true inclusion practices to a thriving program.  She believes that continuing her own education is extremely important and has contributed to her success as a teacher.  

Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins presented her with a plaque and Board Members and District personnel presented her with flowers and gifts donated by local businesses. 

“Ms. Niebrugge loves what she does. You can see that in her work.  It is the love for children, passion for the work, and energy for the job that sets apart good teachers from great teachers,” praised Dr. Adkins. 

A large crowd of parents, Board Members, District administrators and fellow River Hall staff members surprised Ms. Niebrugge with the honor during Field Day.

“I’ve always wanted to teach, this is my passion. I’m meant to be with these kids.  They deserve the recognition,” said Niebrugge.

Ms. Niebrugge was nominated by her Assistant Principal, Elizabeth Vickery, who says “Ms. Niebrugge is a well-respected teacher.  Her only goal is student success, which includes achievement both inside and outside the classroom.”  

She will now represent Lee County in Florida’s Teacher of the Year program which recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.