Contact Us

Assistance is provided by the following Nebraska Department of Education staff. Contact information and a description of services available are included.

Jolene Palmer – State School Security Director
Phone: 402.471.2944

  • Information on School Safety Plans
  • Threat Assessment Training
  • Standard Response Protocol Training
  • Safety Standards
  • School Safety and Security in Nebraska

Cesar Torres – Bullying and Cyber-bullying research associate

Phone:  402.471.0986



  • Help with bullying and cyber-bullying phone calls and emails
  • Help with research and resources about bullying and cyber-bullying

Scott Stemper – Emergency Operations Planning Specialist

Phone:  402.471.4408



  • Provide leadership and guidance for emergency operations planning in schools
  • Assist with the development and effectiveness of emergency operations safety and security plans

Carol Bom – School Safety Office Associate

Phone:  402.471.4350



  • Contact for information on scheduled training or workshops
  • Updates to website

Rhonda Wisdom – American Institutes for Research (AIR) Good Behavior Game (GBG) Grant Associate

Phone:  402.471.4399



  • Contact for AIR Good Behavior Game training
  • Assists AIR Good Behavior Game State Coordinator

Lacey Peters – Director, School Health

Phone: 402.471.4352


  • Institutes/Workshops/Trainings on Coordinated School Health (CSH), Health Education, Physical Education, Coordinated School Health Policy, Wellness Policy
  • Standards, Curriculum mapping, etc.
    The focus is on creating a healthy, welcoming school environment encompassing health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, mental health, staff wellness, & Family/Community involvement. Bullying, safety & dating violence policies are discussed within a CSH approach along with Rule 10 requirements in regards to health and safety. Conduct 2 statewide surveys for NDE: Youth Risk Behavior Survey & School Health Profiles Survey.

Coordinated School Health Website

Donna Hoffman – Director, School Counseling

Phone: 402.471.4811


  • Counseling Program information
  • Positive development standards for students
    • Academic Development
    • Career Development
    • Personal/Social Development
  • Web Page Information

Anne Oeth – Project Coordinator, PBiS Program

Phone: 402.471.2744


PBiS is a behavior based and research validated process that increases the capacity of schools, families, and communities to develop preventive, proactive, positive environments. The process focuses on building school-wide, classroom and individual systems of support general enough to assist all students, but focused enough to provide students at risk individual help.

    • Benefits all students, and is not limited to any particular group
    • Is based on effective behavioral practices, instructional design, and strategies
    • Approaches behavior in a proactive way by teaching appropriate behaviors
    • Fosters positive adult-to-student relationships
    • Supports the local school continuous improvement process

Schools interested in implementing PBiS should contact the project coordinator for more information.

Nebraska Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Updated December 27, 2019 12:35pm