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Nebraska’s NAESP PreK-3 Leadership Academy

Nebraska’s NAESP PreK-3 Leadership Academy is an opportunity for Nebraska elementary principals, instructional leaders, Head Start and community child care providers to take part in a year-long professional learning and resource program to better develop their knowledge and skills for leading and directing programs for children age three to eight.

Participants will engage in a blended professional learning environment that includes 3 in-person and/or virtual meetings, online coursework, and collaboration with peers through online discussions and Zoom meetings while working through Leading Learning Communities: A Principal’s Guide to Early Learning and the Early Grades (Pre-K-3rd Grade).

Congratulations to Cohort 2 of Nebraska’s NAESP PreK-3 Leadership Academy!

25 individuals from across the state have been selected to be part of Nebraska’s NAESP PreK-3 Leadership Academy.

 

Julie Behrens
Child Care Manager
Blue Valley Community Action
Crete, NE

Abbey Cron
Elementary Principal
Centura Public School
Cairo, NE

Meghan Gibilisco
Early Childhood Teacher
OPS, Gomez-Heritage Elementary
Omaha, NE

Sarah Hansen
Assistant Special Education Director
Educational Service Unit 1
Wakefield, NE

Cindy Johnson
Elementary Principal
Boyd County Schools
Butte, NE

Kelly Klanecky
Elementary Principal
Wood River Public Schools
Wood River, NE

Courtney Manzitto
Principal
Millard Public Schools, Wheeler Elementary
Omaha, NE

Mary Ellen Osnes
Preschool Teacher
Valentine Community Schools
Valentine, NE

Kerra Robinson
Asst. Director of Special Education/PreK Principal 
Hastings Public Schools
Hastings, NE

Penny Thompson
Supervisor
Blue Valley Community Action
Crete, NE

Heather Wendelin
Elementary Principal
Crete Public Schools
Crete, NE

Allyson Bohlen
Principal
Adams Central Early Learning Center
Juniata, NE

Chelsea Feusner
PK-5 Director of Education
Kearney Public Schools
Kearney, NE

Shannon Hall-Schmeckpeper
Special Education Coordinator
Seward Public Schools
Seward, NE

Melissa Jantz
Principal
Norfolk Public Schools, Little Panthers Preschool
Norfolk, NE

Nicole Johnson
2nd Grade Dual Language Teacher
OPS, Gomez-Heritage Elementary
Omaha, NE

Chelsey Klein
Early Childhood Coordinator
York Public Schools
York, NE

Tracy Naylor
Director
Lexington Public Schools, Early Learning Academy
Lexington, NE

Sara Paider
Elementary Principal
St. Paul Public Schools
St. Paul, NE

Sarah Sell
Assistant Elementary Principal
Crete Public Schools
Crete, NE

Samantha Wehenkel
Asst. Special Education Director/PreK Teacher
Auburn Public Schools, Calvert Elementary
Auburn, NE

Lindsay Wonnenberg
Elementary Principal
Valentine Community Schools
Valentine, NE

Andy DeFreece
Dir. of Elementary & Early Childhood Education
Millard Public Schools
Omaha, NE

Kris Friesen
Elementary Principal
York Public Schools
York, NE

Amy Kroll
Director of School Improvement & Student Services
Weeping Water Public Schools
Weeping Water, NE

Kim Flanders
Elementary Principal
North Platte Public Schools, McDonald Elementary
North Platte, NE

Jason Hippen
Director of Student Services
Nebraska City Public Schools
Nebraska City, NE

Tiffany Shonerd
Children Services Director
Blue Valley Community Action Head Start
Fairbury, NE

NAESP Leadership Academy Blog

Get a peek inside the workings of the NAESP Leadership Academy as Nebraska’s Advisors share their experiences and insights from the field!

Learning & Leading

Welcome to Nebraska’s NAESP PreK-3 Leadership Academy blog! We will be bringing you updates and perspectives from the advisors who are leading the 25 members of cohort 2 through the leadership academy coursework. This month we are featuring Kim Flanders, Principal at McDonald Elementary in North Platte.   Why did you want to be a part […]

Shaping The Future

Welcome to Nebraska’s NAESP PreK-3 Leadership Academy blog! We will be bringing you updates and perspectives from the advisors who are leading the 25 members of cohort 2 through the leadership academy coursework. This month we are featuring Jason Hippen, Director of Student Services for Nebraska City Public Schools.   Why did you want to be […]

Embracing Early Childhood

Welcome to Nebraska’s NAESP PreK-3 Leadership Academy blog! We will be bringing you updates and perspectives from the advisors who are leading the 25 members of cohort 2 through the leadership academy coursework. This month we are featuring Amy Kroll, Director of School Improvement and Special Education at Weeping Water Public Schools. Why did you […]


Learn more!

Watch our 2020 Admin Days presentation to hear from 3 of the graduates of the 1st Cohort.

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Updated August 17, 2021 10:50am