Norfolk — Patti S. Gubbels has announced that she is a candidate for the Nebraska State School Board (District 3), a position currently held by Rachel Wise.
Gubbels serves as the Vice President of the Norfolk Public School Board and is the Region 16 Director and Legislative Committee member for the Nebraska Association of School Boards.
Gubbels spent more than 30 years in professional education as a teacher education/educational psychology faculty member, curriculum and assessment director, college administrator and professional development director. During her career she worked for Northeast Community College, Wayne State College, and Dana College in Nebraska; Western Governors University, a national online, competency-based university; and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
She has been honored as an outstanding teacher and researcher. She served as a school accreditation peer reviewer, worked as an educational consultant, led strategic planning processes, and presented educational workshops.
She has been active in the Norfolk community volunteering as a TeamMates mentor, leading as a Norfolk Arts Center Board officer, and serving Norfolk Public Library as a Community Strategic Planning Committee member.
When asked why she is running for Nebraska State School Board she said “I am passionate about education. I believe quality education is one of the most important resources we can give children, youth, and adults. I am proud to live in Nebraska because we have some of the best education systems in the country. Serving on the Nebraska State School Board would afford me the opportunity to provide strong educational leadership and use the expertise I have developed throughout my career to make a positive impact on our states’ schools, teachers, and students.”