Mary Jane Caffey
Valley Middle/High School
401 South Pine Street
Valley, NE 68064

English / Japanese / History, 9–12

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1) What is one thing that needs to change in order to keep quality teachers in the profession?

Did you (or do you now) have a mentor who was particularly effective and supportive in shaping you as a teacher?


Mary Jane Caffey, 2001
State Teacher of the Year, Nebraska
Mary Jane Caffey has been a teacher for 31 years. She currently teaches AP English, AP U.S. history, and English 11 at Valley Middle-High School. She is the coordinator and facilitator of the Sr. Project and teacher/facilitator of the Japanese-language program. She earned her Bachelor's degree at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, NE, and her Master's at Northwest Missouri State University. Active in professional organizations, Mary Jane worked on Nebraska's Task Force on National Language Arts Standards and Nebraska's Department of Education Transition Advisory Committee. She currently serves on the Valley City Council and Domestic Violence Task Force. Mary Jane has received numerous awards for innovative teaching programs that encourage students to take risks and design their own projects. Her students are actively involved in research and community outreach programs. "My goal is for students to relish learning and thrive on making an impact on the lives of others," she says.  

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