Derek Hansen, science teacher at College View Academy in Lincoln, Nebraska, was presented with a national award during graduation ceremonies on Sunday, May 25. Hansen is among 10 teachers selected this spring by the Alumni Awards Foundation to receive a 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award. The award included a medallion and a $2,000 gift from Union College, Hansen’s alma mater. Hansen was chosen for this award because of his ability to challenge his students intellectually through connecting with them on a personal level.

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Photo: Left to right: Rich Carlson (vp for Spiritual Life, Union College), Derek Hansen (CVA teacher and 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient), Linda Jaquez (vice chair, CVA Board), Brian Carlson (CVA principal), LouAnn Howard (associate director for education, Mid-America Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists).

Ryan Lindbeck, photographer