Ann Lage began her career in Papillion in 1965, soon after graduating from college. With only a few years break, she taught in the District in some capacity until 2004. Ms. Lage was known for having well-organized and orderly classes. It was clear that her students respected and loved her. She was a good listener, approachable, and brought out the best in each student.  

In the late 1990s, Ms. Lage asked to transfer to Papillion-La Vista High School to teach English in the “Collaborative Teaching Model.” This new, innovative teaching style paired traditional classroom educators with special education teachers to teach students of different learning levels. Ms. Lage worked closely with her teaching partners, seeking suggestions for techniques to better reach students. This willingness to try new things and dedication to ongoing improvement was a constant throughout her career.  

Later in her teaching career, Ms. Lage was an educator for the Teaching Academy. There as no better person to encourage these students than one who was so passionate about education. 

Ms. Lage’s dedication to students continued outside the classroom. Cheerleading was among the activities she sponsored throughout her career. Former squad members remember Ms. Lage opening up her home for the team. She could be found knitting and sewing cheerleading uniforms while the group practiced – and during games.  

With teaching so engrained in her personality, it only makes sense that Ms. Lage continue to educate in retirement. She has taught the art of quiltmaking at Country Sampler quilt shop – first in Tara Plaza, now in Omaha. She not only manages the store, she teaches, inspires, and excites quilters. Her quilts have been featured in trade publications including the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt magazine.


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