Jenifer "JJ" Dugdale, a native of Milford and graduate of Milford High school, earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's in curriculum instruction with a reading specialist endorsement.
Her entire 20-year teaching career has been at Lincoln East High School.
Her principal, Susan Cassata, said: "JJ is very student- and community-focused, learning-centered, passionate and focused. She is a driving force behind our work with students and improving their reading and strategies to help them be successful."
She is also the staff member who organizes the annual Toys for Tots bowling event. Each year she sends out staff invitations, organizes teams, the donation, and coordinates with the bowling center. Her sense of purpose brings the staff together for causes such as these. She does the same for the East High community – uniting parents, staff and students for the BackPack Walk. She works with students and staff committee, developing announcements, challenges, events and event celebrations when the goal has been met.