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

Safe Schools Website


  • Information on School Safety Plan requirement included in Rule 10, Regulations and Procedures for the Accreditation of Schools

Rule 10:

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

Carol Bom – Office Associate, School Safety

Phone:  402/471-4350



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

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

Brytten Sorgenfrei – Investigator, Professional Practices, Legal Office

Phone: 402/471-0731


  • General safety information – bullying issues
  • Concerns about staff not reacting properly & within policy/law regarding professional responsibilities.

Updated January 14, 2019 2:55pm