When you’re surrounded by eager and enthusiastic learners every day, it’s easy to love your job. Springfield Elementary has some of the best educators around, and once you get to know us, you’ll have to agree! We are always happy to discuss any concerns regarding your child’s education and invite you to reach out at any time.
About Kaela Heneger
I am looking forward to another great year at Springfield Elementary. I am excited to be a part of such a fabulous community. My husband, Jeremy, and I, along with our two children, Mackenzie and Atticus, moved to Springfield in August 2014. We were impressed with how welcoming the community was and the pride people took in the school district. Springfield was the perfect fit for our family, and I am thrilled to be part of such a dedicated team of educators. Springfield Elementary has the best students, parents, and staff around. I have had the opportunity to work in several different roles throughout my career, including as a district literacy coach, Title I coordinator, third grade language arts teacher, and kindergarten teacher. I have been fortunate to work with all levels from preschool to high school. I am truly blessed to work with dedicated and passionate staff, supportive parents, and the creative, energetic students of Springfield Elementary.
BA in elementary education from Hastings College; assessment endorsement from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; master's of education: reading specialist from the University of Nebraska-Kearney; master of educational leadership degree: administrative degree (PK–12) from Doane College; educational specialist degree from Doane College: superintendent's endorsement. I am currently working on my doctorate (E.d.D.) through Doane University.
Our daughter, Mackenzie, is a Sophomore at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She is majoring in justice systems with a minor in disabilities studies. After earning her bachelor's degree, she plans to apply to law school. Our son, Atticus, is a 6th grader at Springfield Elementary. He loves playing outside, acting in musicals/plays, and is active in DI. He enjoys creating things and of course video games. (Just so you know, he calls me "Mrs. Heneger" at school.) Fall is my favorite time of the year (school starts in the fall!). I grew up in Superior, Nebraska, and am the oldest of three children. I love to read, play games, and watch movies. I enjoy running and try to run in a road/trail race every couple of months. My husband and I love to cook and try new foods.
About Vanessa Miller
Hello! My name is Vanessa Miller and I run the High Ability Program (aka Discovery) at both Westmont and Springfield Elementary schools. I am in my 17th year of teaching high ability students and it is truly my passion to see my students grow and reach their potential. I have lived all around the world and actually went to high school in Germany. I received both my bachelor’s degree in elementary education and my master’s degree in gifted education from Kansas State University (however, I still bleed Husker red). I have three boys, all Springfield Platteview attendees/alumni, Trenton who is in college, Cale who is in 7th grade, and Dane who is in 6th grade. I love our school district and am dedicated to serving it's students and families to the best of my ability. I love coaching academic teams - Quiz Bowl, Destination Imagination, math teams, etc. In my spare time, I love to fish, do anything outside, and spend time with my family.
About Susan Dolezal
Hi, my name is Susan Dolezal and I have the best job ever at Springfield Platteview Community Schools. I have the opportunity to be the first one in the district to share with children the love of learning and coming to school. I have taught early childhood for 32 years and 25 of those years have been at Springfield Platteview Community Schools. I have a B.S. degree in elementary education, special education (K-9th), early childhood, and early childhood special education. I have my master’s degree in human development and the family with an emphasis in child development. I also have a Ph.D. in human resources and family science with minors in psychology and statistics. My degrees all came from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I live in Papillion with my husband Steve and our cat Marcel (who is a Ragdoll Bluepoint) and we love baseball! Every opportunity we have in the summer, you can find us at a baseball game somewhere in Omaha. My teaching philosophy has always been children are children and they all grow and develop at their own rate. It is my job to support and facilitate their learning so they can reach their full potential.
About JoAnn Hisek
My name is JoAnn Hisek, and I welcome you to a wonderful year of fun, exciting learning and growing! This is my 14th year of teaching kindergarten. I earned my bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology from UNO, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UNO, and my master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Doane.
My husband and I have two amazing children. We enjoy being outdoors, going on walks around the lake, traveling, and just spending time together.
I am very excited about embarking on a learning adventure with your child. It is my goal to provide the best possible educational experiences for your child’s first year of school.
About Laura Krallman
Hello! My name is Laura Krallman. Let me tell you a bit about me! I graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (K-6) with emphasis on early childhood and an endorsement in reading from Buena Vista University. I was lucky enough to student teach in a wonderful kindergarten classroom and couldn’t be more excited to share my new ideas and love of learning with our kindergarteners! I completed a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Peru State College in 2016, I am an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan, and love coffee and golf!
My philosophy of education is that all children have the capability to learn successfully. The way and rate at which they learn may be different, but that is what makes children unique. Learning is a lifelong process; there is always something new to discover! Your students will learn a lot from me, but this is a two way street and I will learn from them as well... the things I will learn from the children in my room is invaluable. I also believe that students learn best through hands-on activities, so I strive to make learning as fun and interactive as possible. Classroom community is also extremely important to me. Students learn best in an environment where they feel safe, supported, and valued. We will be working on developing a shared sense of community throughout the year to help students form strong bonds with their friends, teachers, and others!
About Lori Barry
Hi! Welcome to the 2018-2019 Springfield Elementary school year!
My name is Lori Barry, and this is my 14th year of teaching first grade here at Springfield. My educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in K-6 elementary education from UNL and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Doane College. I also have a K-3 mathematics specialist certificate from UNL.
I have a wonderful husband, Andrew, and two sweet children of my own, Madelyn (5) and Caden (3). Our family loves trips to the zoo, swimming, and picnics. Some of my favorite hobbies include reading, golfing, and trying to be a gardener.
First grade is an amazing year of growth for students. I just love the laughter and learning that happens in my classroom! I truly think I have the best job ever!
About Jennifer Beles
I have been teaching first grade for 21 years now, but it is my 23rd year in our wonderful school district. I am always amazed at how much these kiddos learn in just this one school year! It is wonderful to see how much growth and learning happens. I genuinely love teaching first grade and feel the same excitement as my students do about school.
I went to Springfield Elementary when I was growing up and my parents still live (and work) in town. Actually, I teach in the very same room I sat in as a first grader. What an honor! I graduated from Platteview High School and received my bachelor's degree and master's degree from Doane College. I have two children of my own and love spending time with my family, shopping, and reading. I couldn't ask for a better place to teach than here in the very town I grew up!
About Sue Beatty
Hello, my name is Sue Beatty, and this is my 33rd year teaching second grade in this amazing school district. Second graders are so excited to come to school each day to learn! It is fun to watch them grow socially and academically throughout the year. I received my bachelor's degree in elementary education at UNO. I completed my master's degree in early education at UNO. My husband, Don, and I have one son. Our son, Sean, is a freshman at Millard West. In my spare time I like to read, play golf, and watch Sean play soccer, baseball, and basketball.
About Manon Strayer
This is my third year teaching second grade at Springfield Elementary School. I love working with second grade students! They have a strong joy for learning and their enthusiasm in the classroom shines brightly. Second grade was my favorite grade in elementary school, and it was always my dream to become a second grade teacher. It is going to be a fantastic year!
Bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an endorsement in early childhood, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2004
Master’s degree in reading K–12, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2010
Reading specialist – five years – Springfield Elementary/South Central Unified School District #5, Fairfield, Nebraska
Kindergarten teacher – four years – South Central Unified School District #5, Fairfield, NE
About Laura Corbett
Hello! My name is Laura Corbett, and this is my ninth year teaching at Springfield Elementary. It is my sixth year teaching third grade, previously having taught kindergarten for three years. I received my bachelor’s in elementary education from Iowa State University and my master’s in professional education from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. I am married to Chad, and we have two daughters, Avery and Harper. In my free time, I love to golf, bicycle, read, go on walks with Avery and Harper, wander around Target, and cheer on the Cyclones! I am looking forward to another great year as a Springfield Tiger!
About Jeanne Tagel
This year is my seventh year of teaching third grade at Springfield Elementary. Previous to teaching third grade, I was the Title I/reading specialist at Springfield Elementary for five years. I also taught sixth grade for four years and second grade for four years at St. Vincent de Paul in Omaha. I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Wayne State College. I completed my master’s degree in reading at UNO. Teaching at Springfield Elementary has been an awesome experience. The students make each day very enjoyable because of their desire to learn. It is great to be a Springfield Tiger! My husband, Brian, and I have three daughters. Sydney is a Sophomore at Platteview High School, Hannah is in seventh grade at Platteview Central, and Kelsey is in second grade at Springfield Elementary. In my spare time, I love to garden, read, bake, and be with family and friends.
About Cindy Hudson
Hello! This is my second year working for the Springfield Platteview Community Schools, and I feel honored to be a part of this team. Prior to coming here I spent 27 years working for Bellevue Public Schools in a variety of roles. In Bellevue, I taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades. I also held an administrative position and spent my last three years in Bellevue working as an instructional coach. I earned my bachelor’s degree in elementary education at buena vista. I also have a master’s degree in administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a specialist certificate in elementary mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
A short phrase that sums up what school is all about for me is, “Your biggest mistake is never learning from one.” I want students to know that making mistakes is a normal part of the learning process, and that mistakes are proof that you are stepping outside of your comfort zone in order to grow.
When I'm not teaching at school, I keep busy with my teen daughter and her activities. I am also blessed to be able to spend lots of time with my two sons and their families - it’s very convenient when you all live in the same neighborhood!
About Jessica Michel
This year marks my twelfth year teaching and my ninth year here at Springfield Elementary. Springfield is truly my home! I received my bachelor of education degree with a specialization in early childhood from UNO in 2007. In 2010, I earned my master of education in curriculum and instruction from Doane College. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my two-year-old daughter and planning vacations with my husband.
About Melody Kreger
Hello! My name is Melody Kreger and this is my second year teaching 5th grade at Springfield Elementary. I also student taught 3rd grade here before receiving my bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I then went on to teach one year of 3rd grade. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. My husband and I just welcomed our first child, Adam, this June! I love spending my free time with them and our chocolate lab at home. I enjoy crafting and traveling in my free time as well. I am excited to welcome another year as a Springfield Tiger!
About Cortney McElroy
My name is Cortney McElroy and this is my seventh year at Springfield Elementary. I have been in 5th grade all seven years and I really enjoy working with 5th graders! I received my bachelor's degree in elementary education from UNO with an emphasis in intermediate grades. I went on to receive my master's degree in elementary education with an emphasis in literacy through the UNO CADRE program. In my free time I enjoy running, camping, traveling, shopping, arts and crafts, and taking my dog Mickey for walks. I am looking forward to an amazing year in fifth grade!
About Karen Moritz
My name is Karen Moritz and this is my third year at Springfield Elementary. I have been a teacher for over 25 years, but I can honestly say that the SPCS district has been my favorite experience to date.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with a minor in Spanish) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and my master’s degree at Creighton University in learning disabilities and behavior disorders. I have taught in a variety of settings, including middle school, elementary classrooms, resource rooms, and Title I classrooms. My two children are both in college. They decided to move back home after their freshman year because they wanted to save money. That means my nest is no longer empty, and I am super happy about that!
I enjoy hanging out with family, spending time with friends, playing games, painting, reading, and traveling. My dream is to one day travel all over the world to experience other cultures.
About Colleen Sylvester
Hello! My name is Colleen Sylvester. I just completed my 11th year at Springfield Platteview schools, in which I have taught 1st, 4th, and 6th grade. My family includes my husband Gary, my kids Kylee (15), Cameron (13), Finley (4), and step sons Liam (16) and Devin (14). We have one dog, three cats, and a bearded dragon! I love to travel! In past summers I went to South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado. This March, I’ll be heading to Costa Rica for spring break with my family!
About JoAnna Johnson
Hello! I’m Mrs. JoAnna Johnson. I have been teaching elementary art for 14 years, and I’m happy to say this is my ninth year in this district. I received my BFA from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. I am currently working towards my master’s degree in art education through the University of Nebraska-Kearney. I have been lucky enough to also travel and teach at camps during the summer in upstate New York and in the mountains of Santa Fe, New Mexico. I love watching elementary students create. I want my students to feel comfortable to create with different mediums and techniques so they can explore and discover what they enjoy.
I live in Louisville with my husband, Colby, and our soon, Cooper, who is just six months old. Our little family loves to travel and see family and friends. We love to cook, play games, and create home projects for ourselves. In my spare time I love to sew felt Christmas ornaments, for our family Christmas tree or to give away to family and friends.
About Katie Hobbs
My name is Katie Hobbs. I am the Developmental Learning Center teacher at Springfield Elementary. I am excited to start another school year. I received my bachelor's degree from UNO in special education with an emphasis in health education. I am currently working on my master's degree from Concordia University in special education inclusion. I have four kids. My oldest, Kitia, is a sophomore at PHS. My son, Dominic, is a 7th grader at PCJH. My daughter, Shaylla, will be in 5th grade and youngest, Nala, will be in 3rd grade at Springfield Elementary. We love family time, watching Husker football, going running, camping, playing soccer, and attending sporting events. I am grateful to be a part of Springfield Elementary, where amazing things are happening.
About Anna Carreon
Hello! My name is Anna Carreon and I am in my eighth year of teaching as a learning center teacher at Springfield Elementary. My educational background includes my bachelor’s degree in K-6 elementary education and mild to moderate disabilities from UNO and my master’s degree in literacy and english language learners from Concordia University - Seward. My favorite things about teaching are when a student achieves a goal or feels successful!
I am married to a fellow educator, Jerry, and we have a daughter, Celeste (2), and are expecting a son in December. We love trips to the zoo, the Joslyn Art Museum, and different parks around the city. A few of my hobbies include cooking, knitting, and pretending to clean our house.
About Tara Devereaux
Hello! My name is Tara Devereaux. I graduated from College of Saint Mary with my bachelor’s degree in elementary education (K-6) and special education (K-9), and went on to receive my master’s degree from University of Nebraska at Omaha. This is my sixth year teaching at Springfield Elementary and I have loved every year here. The students in Springfield are amazing and the parents are so supportive. This is truly a wonderful community to be a part of!
My husband Steve and I were married in August of 2017. We welcomed our first son, Jaxson Edward, on August 1, 2018! Being a mom has been such a rewarding and amazing gift. I have taken some time off to take care of Jaxson and will return to work in November! I cannot wait to get back and see how much my students have grown and learned! For fun, my family really enjoys football. I love the Huskers and the Chiefs. Steve loves the Cyclones and the Packers. Somehow we make it work in our divided house! I am hoping that Jaxson will be a Huskers and Chiefs fan like his mommy someday! I also enjoy reading a good book and spending time with friends and family.
About Shari Spiehs
Promotes positive 21st Century skills while instilling a love for reading and learning.
Shari Spiehs studied music, elementary and special education at Hastings College and proceeded to work in the special education field the first seven years of her career. She maintains educational credentials for the state of California, where she taught for two years. She enjoys new tasks and challenges; making the change to teaching middle school Journalism and Writing, which proved to be the start of several professional changes. In 2007 she made the move to Springfield Elementary to take on the role of 4th grade. After several years in general education, she proceeded to obtain her Master of Science degree in Elementary Education with a Media/Library endorsement from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Passionate about technology, digital citizenship, and reading, the move to become a school librarian was a natural fit. With encouragement from friends and co-workers, Shari started the coursework for an additional endorsement in the area of Computer Science.
This is Shari’s 18th year in education, and her 10th year in the Springfield Platteview School District. Shari is the elementary librarian serving both Springfield and Westmont.
In her free time, Shari plays the piano and conducts the local Methodist church choir. She also loves to promote learning the art of music. She enjoys travelling, spending time outdoors, and camping with her two children.
Shari is a member of the Nebraska School Library Association and Nebraska Educational Technology Association.
About Elizabeth Fritton
I received my bachelor of music education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2013. I am a Kodaly certified educator, completing all three levels through the University of Nebraska-Omaha. I am pursuing a master of arts in teaching through Morningside College.
This will be my fourth year at Springfield Elementary. I also have experience teaching elementary music in the parochial school setting, as well as private piano lessons. I am currently the assistant director of the fall musical and directing the women’s show choir at Millard North High School.
Outside of school, I enjoy reading, baking, and crafting. Some of my favorite musical memories include playing in the Cornhusker Marching Band, playing piano for an NET radio broadcast, making a cameo performance tap dancing in a high school production of “Young Frankenstein,” and spending time with my show choir kids on competition weekends.
About Marla Janak
My name is Marla Janak and I teach band at Springfield Elementary. I am looking forward to starting my 20th sixth grade band at Springfield. I also team teach the junior high bands and assist with the high school band program. It is exciting to get new players started on band instruments. I hope making music will be one of the most enjoyable things you do this year. I love playing the trumpet in dance bands with my husband, Rich. He plays drums in two of the groups I play with in the area. My son, Jared, is also a great drummer but spends his time working on cars for Honda in Arizona.
About Ted Glover
BS, Northwestern University; St. Paul, Minnesota
MA, Concordia University; Seward, Nebraska
1993-1995, St. Paul Public Schools; St. Paul, Minnesota
Head wrestling coach and assistant badminton coach at St. Paul Harding High School
1995-2001, West Point Public Schools; West Point, Nebraska
Head wrestling coach, assistant track coach, and junior high football strength coordinator
2007-Present, Springfield Platteview Community Schools; Springfield, Nebraska
Head wresting coach, junior high track coach, and junior high football coach
I am in my 10th year teaching at Springfield Platteview Community Schools. I love teaching P.E. at Springfield Elementary, and we are the Tigers!
About Stephanie Brazell
This is my third year as a reading specialist and I am excited to be here at Springfield Elementary! I loved teaching in the classroom, but have always had a passion for teaching reading. I earned my bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and earned my master's in literacy from Concordia University in Nebraska. I look forward to working with the students and staff at Springfield again this year. My husband and I have been married for 15 years and we have two children. Our daughter is nine and our son is seven. In our spare time, we like to be outside (hiking, walking around the zoo, swimming) and we love reading!
About Marianne Whitcomb
My name is Marianne Whitcomb and I am excited to be the speech pathologist at Springfield Elementary. This will be my 12th year in the district, and I have 10 years experience with Millard and Bellevue Public Schools. Prior to that, I was an elementary classroom teacher with the Omaha Archdiocese for seven years. I received my BS in elementary education from Creighton University and my MS in speech pathology from UNO. Additionally, I have a specialist's certificate in Gerontology from UNO, which allows me to work in skilled/assisted living facilities. My husband and I have a daughter and son in college, and twin girls in high school. We enjoy their sporting and concert events, as well visiting my parents, in-laws, and extended family.
About Jane Ingram
I’m excited to start my second year at Springfield Elementary as a school counselor. My previous experiences include teaching fifth and sixth grade at the elementary level and teaching reading at the middle school level. For the past seven years, I have been helping students experience success as a school counselor. I’m looking forward to learning more about the Springfield community and offering support to students and families as they navigate academic and personal/social situations. I connect with all students through guidance classes and continue to offer support through small groups on a variety of topics. Individual counseling is also available on a short term basis. Referrals can be made for students who would benefit from support outside of the school setting.
Together my husband and I have five children, ages 17-27. Our children are pursuing careers as a nurse, a teacher of English language learners, and an airline pilot. Our youngest son, while not in college yet, is interested in law enforcement. We enjoy the company of four dogs who keep us moving! When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my family, watching movies, reading, traveling, and nightly walks with our dogs. I’m looking forward to another great year!
About Carol Bowley
This is my second year working at Springfield Elementary as the Title 1 math teacher. I am excited to begin another year with this wonderful district. I have been teaching for 19 years. I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an endorsement in special education from UNO. I have worked with students with a variety of disabilities over the years. Most of my experience has been as a special education teacher with Westside Community Schools in Omaha. My children are grown and married. I have five beautiful grandchildren. My dream is to visit all of the national parks.
About Kelli Haynes
Hello everyone! I am very excited to be starting my second year in the school system as the district RN. I have been a nurse for over 16 years. I received my masters in nursing administration from Wesleyan University in 2002. My husband and I have four children, all in the Springfield Platteview Community School District, and they keep us busy every night and weekend. I look forward to getting to know your children and helping them stay healthy during the school year.
About Angie Carlson
I am a Springfield native and a Platteview alumni. I married my high school sweetheart 32 years ago. We have five children. I earned a bachelor of science comprehensive degree in business administration. My husband and I are owners of Carlson Tile, Inc., Carlson Custom Homes, and Shirts and More. Our family has been active community members and we hope to continue to be just as active as our children leave our nest.
About Candace Hibbitts
Hi! My name is Candy Hibbitts! This is my 2nd year at Platteview Early Education Center. I have a family and consumer science degree with an emphasis in child development and a minor in psychology from College of the Ozarks. I live in Springfield with my husband and two kids, ages 10 and 6. We are a military family that has moved on multiple occasions… one day we'll finally be settled! We have called Nebraska home for the past 2 years. Before calling Nebraska home, we called Colorado home… Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas prior to that! We enjoy exploring new places and having awesome adventures!
About Lisa Peterson
Hello! My name is Lisa Peterson. This is my second year at Platteview Early Education Center. I have a finance and management degree from Wayne State College. I live in Papillion with my husband and two boys, ages 17 and 13. My life is very busy and full of sports! I love watching my boys in their activities, as well as watching sports in general! I also love to visit new places and make memories with my family.
About Amanda Pitschmann
I love reading and art; the library is a great fit for me! This is my third year as Springfield's elementary library assistant. I live in Springfield with my husband, Chris, and our two sons. My Springfield Platteview career began when I moved here in the 3rd grade and graduated from Platteview Hight School. I continued my higher education through art classes at Metropolitan Community College. I enjoy spending time with my family and watching scary movies. I also dabble in many different crafts from stamp carving to crochet and lots in-between! I really enjoy working at Springfield Elementary and getting to know all of the children!
About Wendy Post
About Sally Stunkel
Hi! I am Sally Stunkel. My husband, Larry, and I live in La Vista. We grew up in Nebraska and both graduated from UNL. Larry was a journalism major and then went to law school, graduating in 1979. I received my teaching degree in 1977 in early childhood and elementary education. While Larry practiced Law in Wahoo, NE for five years, I taught in rural Saunders County at district #36 and district #44 for four years. We had a daughter and a son, so I became a stay-at-home mom with in-home child care. In 1984, Larry joined the Air Force as a JAG, and we had two more daughters. During his 20 year career, I home-schooled for 5 years, taught kindergarten at a private school for 2 years, and substitute taught for 6 years. I began to work at PEEC when the ESU #3 still rented space at Platteview Central for a preschool. When SPCS took over the preschool, I then joined the SPCS-PEEC team. I worked until March of 2007 when my mother developed colon cancer and needed more of my time. In the meantime, my husband retired from the Air Force and started to work in Chicago for the Department of Veteran's Affairs, so we moved to Chicago. In the spring of 2011, we moved back to the area, I applied for a preschool educational assistant position at PEEC, and as they say - the rest is history!
About Gina Zimmer
Hello! I am Regina Zimmer, aka Gina. My husband Mike and I live in Papillion. We have two sons, a daughter-in-law, two beautiful granddaughters, and a dog. I love being with my family and friends, playing with my granddaughters, and volunteering at assisted living centers. This is my fifth year at Springfield Elementary. My first three years, I worked as the school’s health para, and this is my second year as the first and second grade educational assistant. Watching children learn and grow brings so much joy to my life. I am so happy to be at Springfield Elementary with the amazing staff, amazing children, and amazing families!