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, moved to Springfield in August 2014. Our oldest is now a PHS Alumni (Class of 2017), and our youngest will be a Sophomore at PHS Class of 2025. We decided to move to Springfield because 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 graduate students. 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 finished my doctorate (Ed.D) in April 2020 through Doane University.
About Claire Johnson
My name is Claire Johnson, and this is my fourth year teaching preschool at Springfield Platteview Community Schools! I earned my bachelor's degree in elementary education with an endorsement in inclusive early childhood education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and I will be receiving my master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Doane University in December.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time outside, spending time with my friends and family, reading, knitting, crocheting, and traveling. I have two dogs, Luna and Maisie, and a cat, MacGregor, that keep me busy as well!
About JoAnn Hisek
Hello!! My name is JoAnn Hisek and I am one of the kindergarten teachers at Springfield Elementary. This will be my eighteenth year of teaching kindergarten and my fifteenth year at Springfield. I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology, both from UNO. I also have a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Doane.
My husband and I have two amazing children. Our daughter teaches first grade and got married this summer. We also have a nine-year-old son who will be in fourth grade and plays baseball and basketball. We enjoy traveling, being outdoors, and 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
Welcome to kindergarten! My name is Laura Krallman, and I am very excited to be your child's teacher this year. The coming school year will be a wonderful experience for both your kindergartener and myself! Let me tell you a bit about me! This will be my tenth year teaching kindergarten at Springfield Elementary. Kindergarten and early childhood are stages in a child's life that I am very passionate about, and we have fun every day! My husband and I have two children (Ziva - 5 and Zander - 3). We are also very excited to welcome baby number three in January! I am a big fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes, coffee, dark chocolate, and golf!
Let's have a fantastic year!!
About Kristie Telecky
Hello, my name is Kristie Telecky. This is my eighth year teaching kindergarten. I have a master's in curriculum and instruction. I have two children (Kade, 6, and Mazley, 3).
About Courtney Bassinger
My name is Courtney Bassinger, and I am one of the first grade teachers at Springfield Elementary. Although this is my first year teaching first grade, I have taught preschool and kindergarten for 12 years. I have bachelor's degrees in elementary education and early childhood education, along with a master's degree in literacy. Watching children fall in love with reading is what makes teaching the perfect job for me! I love working with young children because we get to learn through play and manipulating the world around us. Learning is a magical, fun process that I am blessed to witness every day!
My family and I live here in Springfield- just a seven-minute drive away from where I grew up in Louisville. This is a special year for me because my daughter is entering kindergarten just a few doors down from my classroom! My son is three and is starting his preschool journey, and my husband is a teacher for Omaha Public Schools. During my free time, I enjoy reading, gardening, and going on adventures with my family.
About Jennifer Beles
I have 26 years of teaching experience, with 24 years being in first grade. 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. What an honor to grow up here and then get to educate the next generations of this great community! I graduated from Platteview High School, and received my bachelor's degree and master's degree from Doane University. I have two children of my own and love spending time with my family and friends, shopping, and reading. I couldn't ask for a better place to teach than here in the very town I grew up!
About Jessica Michel
This year marks my fifteenth year teaching and my eleventh 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 spending time with my family, learning photography, and volunteering for nonprofits close to my heart.
About Lori Barry
Welcome to Springfield Elementary!
My name is Lori Barry, and I have been teaching for 18 years here at Springfield. My educational background includes a bachelor's degree in K-6 Elementary Education from UNL (Go Huskers!), and a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane College. I also have a K-3 mathematics specialist certification from UNL.
I have a wonderful husband, Andrew, and two sweet children of my own, Madelyn (9) and Caden (7). Our family loves trips to state parks, the zoo, and swimming. Some of my favorite hobbies include reading, hiking, and spending time on the lake with my family.
Second grade is awesome~ I just love the laughter and learning that happens in our classroom! I truly think I have the greatest job ever, surrounded by the best students, families, and coworkers possible!
About Laura Corbett
My name is Laura Corbett. This is my 13th year teaching at Springfield Elementary! I currently teach second grade but have also taught kindergarten and third grade. I graduated from Iowa State University; go, Cyclones! I love to golf, ride my bike, and spend time with my daughters and husband in my free time.
About Colleen Sylvester
My name is Colleen Sylvester. I am starting my 16th year with Springfield Platteview Community Schools! I am married to Gary McKain. We love to travel together! In my blended family, I have my three kids and two stepsons. My youngest, Finley Burkhart, will be a third grader this year at Springfield. My son Cameron will be a senior at Conestoga, and the rest of our children have all graduated! Every summer I travel to see my mother who has retired in Costa Rica!! I look forward to an exciting school year!
About Melissa Bley
I am excited to join the Springfield Elementary staff this year as a third-grade teacher. I have taught second grade in Elkhorn Public Schools and Shenandoah (IA) Community School District. I graduated from Randolph Public Schools and earned my bachelor's of Science in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I also hold a master's of Education degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and additional endorsements from Doane University.
This summer, I married my husband, Steven, and moved to an acreage in the area, where we have a dog named Bill and a cat named Arnold. There are also three kittens and three goats who appreciate our attention! I enjoy reading and playing the piano, and I love to travel. My favorite vacation trips have been to Iceland and Machu Picchu. Steven and I spend a lot of time with our seven nieces and nephews, playing games and taking road trips.
Welcome to third grade - it's going to be a wonderful year!
About Jeanne Tagel
This is my sixteenth year of teaching at Springfield Elementary. Previous to teaching third grade, I was the Title 1/Reading Specialist at Springfield Elementary for five years. I taught eight years at St. Vincent de Paul in Omaha before coming to Springfield. 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 Wayne State College, Hannah is a junior at Platteview High School, and Kelsey is in sixth grade at Springfield Elementary. In my spare time, I love to garden, read, bake, and be with family and friends.
About Andrea Tex
Hello! This year will be my second year of teaching at Springfield Elementary and my 21st year of teaching. Prior to teaching third grade, I taught sixth grade for five years and special education for 14 years. I received my bachelor's degree from Peru State College and my master's degree from Doane College. My husband, Ryan, and I have two children. Brayden is a fifth grader, and Harper is a third grader at Palisades Elementary in Gretna. In my spare time, I love to watch my children play sports, relax on our patio, and spend time with my family. I can't wait for another great year as a Springfield Elementary Tiger!
About Diana Campbell
Teaching is one of my passions, and this passion has been a part of my life for 25 years. I just recently got married in September of 2021. My husband John and I love to backpack in the mountains, travel, and try our luck at country dancing! I have three children that have given me five beautiful grandchildren ranging from eight years old to six months. We love spending as much time as we can with them.
About Cindy Hudson
Hello! This is my sixth year teaching fourth grade at Springfield Elementary School, and I feel honored to be a part of this team. Prior to coming here, I spent 27 years working for the Bellevue Public Schools in a variety of roles. 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 not in school, I enjoy reading, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
About Melody Kreger
Hello! My name is Melody Kreger, and this is my seventh year teaching and sixth year teaching fifth grade at Springfield Elementary. I received my bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in elementary education with an emphasis in inclusive practices and my master's degree in curriculum and instruction through Peru State College. My husband and I have two kids who keep us on our toes! I love spending my free time with them and our dog 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 Carey Smith
This will be my fourth year as a teacher at Springfield Elementary School. I am a proud Springfield Tiger Alumni. Before coming back to Springfield Elementary, I spent some time in another district teaching kindergarten, second grade, and fourth grade. I received a B.S. in elementary education and a B.S. in special education from Nebraska Wesleyan University. I earned a master's in curriculum and instruction along with an early childhood endorsement from Doane College. When I am not teaching, you will find me spending time with my husband and three sons.
About Meredith McLaughlin
Hello! My name is Meredith McLaughlin, and this is my 17th year teaching. I have spent the majority of my years teaching fourth grade, and have also taught, fifth grade, sixth grade, and special education. I earned my bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in special education, as well as a master's degree in reading K-12 from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
My husband Mark and I have two sons, Brooks and Harris. You will typically find us at sporting events cheering on the Trojans and Junior Trojans! When we have free time from activities, we love to spend time together outside or watching more sports! I also love to spend my free time reading and enjoying new books. I am so excited to be a part of the Tiger community and can't wait to start the year.
About Karen Moritz
My name is Karen Moritz, and this is my seventh year at Springfield Elementary. I have been a teacher for over 30 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 classrooms.
I feel so blessed to be working with the children of this district. We're going to have a fabulous year!
About Vanessa Bellairs
Hello! My name is Vanessa Bellairs, and I run the high ability program (aka Discovery) at both Westmont and Springfield Elementary schools. I am in my 21st year of teaching high-ability students and my 15th teaching here in our district. 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 a wonderful husband, Dave, and have three boys, all Springfield Platteview attendees/alumni. I love our school district and am dedicated to serving its 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 travel, go to Husker sporting events, relax by the pool and spend time with my family.
About Katie Carlson
I am very excited to be at Springfield Elementary. This will be my sixth year teaching. I graduated from Wayne State College in 2016 with my bachelor's in K-12 music education, and I received my master's from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2021. I completed my Orff-Schulwerk Level II certification at UNL in Summer 2022. When I am not teaching, you can find me trying out new restaurants around Omaha, attending concerts and performances of all kinds, and traveling.
About Ted Glover
BS in physical education with a coaching endorsement and sports medicine minor from Northwestern University; St. Paul, Minnesota
MA in administration leadership from Concordia University; Seward, Nebraska
I am in my sixteenth year teaching at Springfield Platteview Community Schools. I love teaching P.E. at Springfield Elementary, and we are the Tigers!
About JoAnna Johnson
Hello! I'm Mrs. JoAnna Johnson. I have been teaching elementary art for 20 years, and I'm happy to say this is my 16th year in this district. I received my BFA from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. I received my master's degree in art education through the University of Nebraska-Kearney. I have been lucky enough to 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 students to feel comfortable to create with different mediums and techniques so they can explore and discover what they enjoy. I can't wait to see what your child will create!
I live in Louisville with my husband, Colby, and our sons, Cooper, and Bo. My family loves to travel to see extended 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, draw, paint, and play in the clay (clay is my favorite).
About Carol Bowley
I am Carol Bowley, one of the Special Education Teachers at Springfield Elementary. This is my sixth year at Springfield. I have been teaching in the area of special education for over 20 years. I spent four years as the Title I Math Interventionist at Springfield. I am happy to be back in the area of special education because I like to be able to help my students in all areas of their education. I spent the first part of my career teaching in Omaha, where I worked for Millard and Westside school districts. I love to spend my free time with my three children and their families. I am blessed with six grandchildren, who are my joy!
About Stephanie Brazell
This is my seventh year as a Reading Specialist at Springfield Elementary. I have taught both fourth grade and second grade, and although I loved teaching in the classroom, I 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 Elementary again this year! My husband and I have been married for 19 years, and we have two children (Caelin--13, and Evan--11). In our spare time, we like to play board games, play croquet, take walks, and we love to read!
About Shellee Dill
My name is Shellee Dill and I have been the school psychologist for Springfield Platteview since the 1997–1998 school year. I received my bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and I received my master of science and education specialist degrees from University of Nebraska at Omaha, both in the area of school psychology. My husband Corby and I have three children. Our oldest (Nicholas) is a sophomore in college, our middle (Lauren) is in tenth grade, and our youngest (Chloe) is in seventh grade. In my spare time I like to golf, read, and spend time with friends and family. I really enjoy working in this district, and I have loved seeing all of the growth over the years!
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 will be a junior at PHS. My son Dominic is an eighth grader at PCJH. My daughter Shaylla will be in sixth grade, and youngest Nala will be in fourth 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 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 18 to 28. Our children are pursuing careers as a nurse, a teacher of English language learners, an airline pilot, and a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer. We enjoy the company of four dogs who keep us busy but provide lots of love! When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching movies, reading, traveling, and taking nightly walks with our dogs. I'm looking forward to another great year!
About Jan McKay
My name is Jan McKay, and this is my third year at Springfield Elementary. I have been a Speech-Language Pathologist for 21 years. I earned my bachelor's and master's degrees in speech pathology from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. I have had the opportunity to work with students from birth to 21 years of age in four different states over the last 21 years. I have lived in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, and now Nebraska. It seems like I enjoy the midwest. My husband and I have three children. Carissa, our oldest, is headed off for her first year of college, Jacob will be a junior in high school, and Sara will be in seventh grade. I enjoy spending time with my family, scrapbooking, and golfing. I am looking forward to another great year at Springfield Elementary.
About Leslie Wilson
Hello! My name is Leslie Wilson. I am the birth to age five Speech-Language Therapist for Springfield Platteview Community Schools. I have been working as a speech therapist for 16 years, and I have been working at SPCS since August 2018. I love my job!
I enjoy gardening, reading books, playing golf/tennis/pickleball, spending time with my family, and going to my kids' activities. I have two children- Tyler (9) and Wyatt (7). They are a lot of fun! Wyatt loves sports, science, math, and board/card games. Tyler loves all things girly, swimming, volleyball, and reading. My husband Matt also works in education. He is a junior high assistant principal and athletic director for Bennington. Matt and I love to play tennis, golf, and pickleball together. We also have a golden retriever named Ellie (1.5) and a cat named Mylo (1). They have been a wonderful addition to our family over the last year and a half.
About Jill Nielsen
My name is Jill Nielsen, and I am so excited to begin my first year as a math interventionist at Springfield Elementary. I have a wonderful husband and two kiddos, and we moved to Nebraska this summer from Wyoming, where I taught fourth grade and STEM over the last 13 years. I am slowly getting used to the corn and humidity :). Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions! I look forward to working with your children this year!
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 for 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 fourth 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 24th year in education, and her 15th 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 traveling, spending time outdoors, gardening, camping, and exploring new places with her two children.
Shari is a member of the Nebraska School Library Association and Nebraska Educational Technology Association.
About Angie Carlson
Hello! My name is Angie Carlson. I am a Springfield native. I attended this school district and graduated from PHS in 1982. I have been married to my husband, Kevin, for 36 years. Together, we have five children, two daughters-in-law (soon to be three), and three grandsons. My husband and I both graduated from Kearney State College (now, University of Nebraska-Kearney). We own Carlson Tile, Inc. and Carlson Custom Homes. While having a business career, my path curved and led me to being a para for 17 years - 16 of those years here in the Springfield-Platteview Community Schools district. I love to craft, quilt, travel, garden, and talk to anyone. The most meaningful part of my job of being a para is working one-on-one with kids at all academic levels.
About Whitney Duresky
My name is Whitney Duresky! My husband Adam and I live in Millard with our three dogs and cat. We love spending time outdoors and renovating our first home together. This will be my third year as an educational assistant here at Springfield Elementary. However, my time in the district started when I was in preschool, and I eventually went on to graduate from Platteview High School. I cannot wait to see what this year has in store!
About Julie Haydam
I am a military spouse of 20 years with ten years of experience as an educational assistant. I just recently received my bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies after completing my student teaching with Springfield Elementary. My husband, Kurt, and I have been married 22 years and are blessed with three amazing children; Caitlin is 20, Logan is 17, and David is 15. I look forward to being a part of your child’s education. Can’t wait for a super fun year in a new building.
About Donna Mann
Hello. My name is Mrs. Mann or Miss Donna. I am the daytime custodian. I enjoy reading, cooking, and spending time with my family. I am a huge animal lover. My favorite color is purple.
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 Chris Romsa
Hello, my name is Chris. My husband Trig and I have lived in the district for 24 years. We raised two sons here, Joseph and Jacob. They both graduated from Platteview High School. Joseph is engaged to be married to Emma in September 2023. I have three wonderful step-children, Sara and son-in-law, Erik and daughter-in-law, and Trig Jr. Between them, I have three grandsons and two granddaughters. We have two dogs and three cats.
I enjoy reading, gardening, watching the birds around our house, and spending time with my family and pets.
I have worked at Springfield Elementary for 17 years, 10 of them as a first-grade para and the other seven in the office. I love being here with this amazing staff and students; they all bring more joy into my life.
About Alyssa Rosser
Hello! My name is Alyssa Rosser, and this will be my third year at Springfield Elementary! I work as a special education para, specifically in grades four through six! I have been in love with my job since I started in 2020! I have always known that I wanted to be a teacher since I went to Springfield Elementary as a student! It is surreal to be working towards that goal while working next to the teachers that inspired me as a kid! I'm looking forward to the new school building and what it all has in store for students and staff!
About Kristen Seiber
Hi! This is my second year working in the office. I have my bachelor's in neuroscience and biology and have spent several years working at the zoo and also many years as a preschool para. It's exciting to be in a new building and to work with all the amazing staff and kiddos!
About Amanda Sheely
Hello, I'm Amanda Sheely. I have been a para at Springfield Elementary for the past two years. I have a son who is also at Springfield Elementary. As a family of three, we love the outdoors. Our favorite is fishing and camping.
About Denise Steinhoff
Springfield Elementary paraprofessional
About Regina Zimmer
Hello, I am Regina Zimmer. My husband Mike and I live in Papillion. We have two sons, a daughter-in-law, two granddaughters, one grandson, and a yellow lab. This is my ninth year at Springfield Elementary. I was the school health para my first three years, and this year will be my sixth year as the first-grade para. 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 students, and amazing families.