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News Bar Foundation Trains 14 Additional TPAL Teachers

Bar Foundation Trains 14 Additional TPAL Teachers

Ten Lincoln Public School educators, two Life Skills Educators from CEDARS Youth Services, a probation educator, and a local pastor participated in a day-long Teen Parents and the Law (TPAL) workshop in Lincoln on June 15. Dr. Deanna Vansickel-Peterson, a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and Extension Educator with the Douglas/Sarpy Extension – Central Office in Omaha, conducted the training.

The workshop outlined the 23-chapter curriculum, created by Street Law, Inc. for the purpose of teaching parents about the law and helping them help their children to be educated and productive adults. The Foundation provided names of local attorneys who have volunteered to be resource people in the TPAL classrooms and also gave the teachers a set of recently updated Nebraska Laws that relate to the TPAL lessons.

Lincoln Public Schools educators completing the training were Glenda Plettner-Nelson, Alicia Beck, Denise Haag, Kimberly Rempel, Kristin Skorupa, Becky Moock, Marge Keep, Gloria Simms, Nicki Hanseling, and Kate Owens. Jerid Wedige, Probation Educator from Nebraska Judicial Education; Pastor James David, St. Paul United Church of Christ; and Shona Johnson and Stephanie Flores of CEDARS brought the number trained in June to 14. With this addition, the total number of teachers trained by the Bar Foundation since 2004 has risen to more than 100. For more information about this dynamic program, visit




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