Sorensen accepts teaching position in Grand Island
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Nancy Sorensen is leaving a fourth grade classroom at Chase County Schools (CCS) to enter another fourth grade classroom in Grand Island.
She has accepted a position at Dodge Elementary in the Grand Island Public School system. Husband Mike, CCS secondary principle, has accepted a job at Grand Island Northwest as activities director/asst. principal.
Sorensen has taught at CCS for eight years. She began by teaching kindergarten from 2007-10, then taught second grade, and this year taught fourth grade.
Prior to moving to Imperial, the 47-year old taught at Columbus Christian School, Leigh Community Schools, Big Piney Elementary School in Wyoming and Hemingford Elementary School.
She received her Bachelor of Science Elementary Education (K-8) degree and Physical Education (K-12) from Chadron State College in 1990.
Sorensen has also coached junior high track, and was assistant coach for one year and head coach for three years of the high school girls’ basketball team.
“It’s all about the kids,” she said of teaching. “Being with them, the surprises they have, the connections and relationships you make.”
Sorensen said she doesn’t have a favorite grade level.
“They all have strengths and weaknesses, including the teams. They’re all different and unique and made me a better person,” she said.
Sorensen will miss her students and colleagues at CCS. She credits Arlys Cupp and Connie Pribbeno for helping her when she started teaching kindergarten. She said they were willing to share their ideas with her.
She’ll miss the students she’s coached and the relationships she’s built. A coach spends a lot of time with team members, and “Those memories will be cherished.”
The Sorensens have two children: Bethany, who will be a junior at Wayne State College next fall, and Isaac, who will be a freshman at Doane College, playing football.
Sorensen herself will trade in her Longhorn orange to become a Dodge Dragon.