The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation established the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Awards in order to honor the vital role that teachers play in society. The award's namesake, Alice Buffett, taught home economics to students at Omaha Central High School and Benson High School. The aunt of Omaha investor Warren Buffett, Alice Buffett profoundly influenced the lives and minds of children in Omaha for more than thirty-five years with her passionate and caring approach to learning and her students.
The annual award recognizes up to fifteen public school teachers in Omaha who have instilled in their students a desire to learn and achieve; understand the individual needs of students and encourage their talents; and demonstrate a thorough knowledge of their individual subject matter and possess the ability to share it effectively with students.
Nominated by students (current and former), parents, other teachers, administrators, and the general public, award winners are publicly recognized and awarded with a $10,000 cash gift, an Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award Medallion, and $500 in McDonald's gift certificates.
Any Omaha public school teacher or counselor (K-12) with a minimum of two years' experience is eligible for nomination. Teachers cannot self-nominate.
For complete program guidelines and nomination instructions, see the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation website.