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Kevin Witte (NE '13)


Kearney High School
Kearney, NE

Subject(s) taught: Social Studies
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

At the time of the Award, Kevin Witte was:

Kearney High School
Kearney, NE

Subject(s) taught: Social Studies

Biographical Information

As a social studies teacher, Kevin Witte devotes himself to thinking globally and acting locally for the benefit of his students at Kearney High School in Kearney, NE. With his contagious curiosity about the world at large, Witte makes geography and history classes come alive, inspiring his students to engage fully with the subject matter.

Witte has traveled widely since he started teaching in the year 2000: from Saudi Arabia to South Africa, from China to Egypt, from Italy to the Arctic Circle. He has done so not as a casual tourist, but as a selected fellow, presenter or participant of professional programs tackling educational topics in depth. Recently, he helped lead a Sister Cities soccer exchange of high school students to the Czech Republic. Witte uses these overseas experiences to enrich the classroom experience for his students beyond textbooks. In the process, he shows them that being a true scholar—one who always seeks to learn more—is an exciting and relevant endeavor. Their Advanced Placement scores, dynamic student-led discussions and strong performances in the University of Nebraska at Kearney History Day competition are testament to this. Besides teaching Advanced Placement World History, Advanced Placement Human Geography, World Geography, and Philosophy at Kearney High School, Witte also developed the curriculum to create a well-received course called International Wealth and Poverty.

Witte’s teaching style, which encourages critical thinking and ensures comprehension every step of the way, shows his commitment to putting students on the path of life-long learning. That’s no surprise, coming from a teacher who has gone above and beyond in his profession as well as in his personal education; apart from embarking on purposeful global journeys, Witte earned two master’s degrees (in History and Education) while working and taught himself Latin during his lunch breaks along the way.

Outside of the classroom, Witte takes advantage of opportunities to impact even more students by mentoring new teachers, serving on numerous committees for Kearney Public Schools and, on the state level, he played an important role in revising Nebraska’s Social Studies Standards.

Kevin currently serves as the AP World History Test Development Committee High School Co-Chair, a consultant/presenter for AP World History Institutes/Workshops, and serves in the leadership of the AP World History Reading. He reviews assessment items and also serves on the PreAP World History and Geography Development Committee. He teaches a social science methods course as a lecturer at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

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Kevin Witte Newsletters

Giving Thanks to Educators
Nov 27, 2013

Kevin Witte In The News

Heineman touts job-creation, education
KRVN-FM  |  Jan 01, 2014  |  Lexington, NE

Kearney High School teacher gets Milken award
Lincoln Journal Star  |  Nov 27, 2013  |  Lincoln, NE

Kearney H.S. teacher received national educator award
KRVN-FM  |  Nov 27, 2013  |  Kearney, NE

Surprise of a Lifetime: KHS's Witte wins major teaching award
Kearney Hub  |  Nov 27, 2013  |  Kearney, NE

Kearney High Teacher Honored with $25,000 Milken Educator Award
NTV  |  ABC  |  Nov 26, 2013  |  Grand Island, NE

Additional Information


M.A. History

M.A. Education: Curriculum/Instruction

B.A. Social Science Secondary Education