Creighton native receives Legendary Educator Award

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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2018 4:00 am | Updated: 7:08 am, Thu Nov 8, 2018.

Jim Glover of Papillion was honored with the Legendary Educator Award by the The Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation last month.

The award was presented during the foundation’s annual Gala and Hall of Fame Celebration at Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Papillion on Saturday, Oct. 28.

“There are few people in this community who don’t recognize the name Jim Glover. From industrial education to principal at Papillion-La Vista High School, Glover has left a legacy of caring in Papillion La Vista Community Schools,” said the emcee who introduced Glover at the gala.

During his 37 years in the district, Glover served as a teacher and coach, assistant principal and, for his last 13 years, principal of Papillion-La Vista High School, retiring in 2010.

“Glover’s tenure is legendary and has left a profound impact on the direction of Papillion La Vista Community Schools that will linger through the ages,” the nomination said.  

Glover was a two-time recipient of the Region II Outstanding High School Principal of the Year Award and was named Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation Administrator of the Year in 1998.

After graduating from Creighton High School in 1968, Glover earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received a master’s degree in education administration at the University of Omaha in 1980, and spent his entire career at Papillion-La Vista.

Glover has served as a Papillion city councilman for 12 years, first appointed to fill a vacated seat, then elected to the council three times. His current term has two years remaining.

He is a member and past president of Papillion Area Lions Club, is a board member of First Lutheran church, where he has served as congregational president and financial director. He remains a member of the Finance Committee and is a board member of Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation.

The son of Bernard and Delores Glover, he grew up between Creighton and Center with three sisters, Linda Carpenter and Donna Hays of Creighton and Judy Carlson, who now lives in Wausa.

He married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Bartling in 1970. The couple has lived in Papillion for 45 years and are the parents of three children.

Their son Jamie Glover is a teacher at Papillion-La Vista South. He and his wife, Karina, are parents to two daughters, Sophia and Charolotte.

Daughter Jennifer is married to Aaron Frisch. She is an oncology nurse in Omaha. They have a son, Jamison, and a daughter, Evie.

Daughter Julie Glover is executive director of the American Cancer Society in Omaha.

Glover and his family own property north of Center and in the Orchard area, where they enjoy spending time hunting deer and turkeys.

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