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Rob Geise state award with Allison Bauers

From left, Louisville Play Production Director Allison Bauers and Louisville Activities Director Rob Geise smile at a statewide convention Sept. 28. Nebraska Speech Communication and Theatre Association members honored Geise with their Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award.

NORFOLK – Rob Geise has encouraged Louisville students for many years with his actions as the school district’s activities director.

That boomerang of helpfulness came back to Geise Sept. 28 when he received a major honor at a statewide convention.

Nebraska Speech Communication and Theatre Association (NSCTA) members presented Geise with their Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award. The group honored Geise during the annual NSCTA Fall Convention in Norfolk. Scores of people from across the state watched the veteran Louisville teacher receive recognition for his service to the school and community.

Louisville teacher Allison Bauers told the audience she was extremely proud of Geise. Bauers, who has been Louisville’s play production director the past nine years, nominated him for the award. Louisville teacher and speech coach Nick Krause submitted a letter in support of the nomination.

“Rob has shown immense growth and become not just an advocate for our program, but a true champion of what we do,” Bauers said. “He works with our program, lobbies for funding for our program and encourages our students on a regular basis.

“While other schools may have to beg their administrators for support, Rob is ready and willing and even proactive – suggesting we bid for hosting district competitions and taking a leadership role in our application this year for the Nebraska Arts Award. I could think of no better way to say thank you to him for his years of hard work and support than to nominate him for this award.”

NSCTA members present their Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award to school administrators who display a large amount of support and dedication to fine arts programs. These activities include speech, debate, theater and music. Administrators at elementary, secondary and college/university levels in Nebraska are eligible for the award.

Bauers said she was thrilled when she first learned Geise would receive the state honor. Her thoughts then turned to how she would get him to travel to Norfolk for the awards luncheon. The NSCTA banquet would be taking place on the same day as Louisville’s Homecoming football game, and Bauers wanted to surprise Geise with the award at the convention.

Louisville High School Principal Brett Schwartz and Bauers met with NSCTA Awards Chair Becca Hier of Bellevue West and planned a ruse to get Geise to come to the convention. They said Bauers would be receiving a major honor and asked Geise to go to Norfolk as a show of support. Geise agreed to the request and was unaware of the true nature of the award until his name was announced.

Bauers said she has been grateful for Geise’s support of the Louisville fine arts programs. She said he has made a concerted effort to form a sense of inclusiveness and unity among all students in the school district.

“For the past nine years I have worked with Rob and have seen him absolutely transform from an ‘athletic’ director to an ‘activities’ director,” Bauers said. “He advocates for our programs, he continues to learn and he supports in every possible way. He spearheaded the cultural change in Louisville schools with ‘One School, One Team.’”

Geise has taught a variety of classes at Louisville for the past 22 years. He has earned his Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) designation and has filled both coaching and administrator roles at the school. He currently oversees an activities department that includes nine sports programs, instrumental and vocal music, speech, play production and journalism.

Bauers said she and Krause feel Geise has displayed positive vision and foresight for all Louisville activities. She said that has helped many students become well-rounded individuals during his tenure.

“For both Nick and I, Rob has been the AD – the activities director, not just the athletic director – we have worked with from day one,” Bauers said. “We’ve grown and learned, and so has he. We’re thrilled to see him recognized for his leadership.”

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