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 freshman at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She will double major in political science and Spanish. After earning her bachelor's degree, she plans to apply to law school. Our son, Atticus, is a fifth grader at Springfield Elementary. He loves to play outside, play with Legos, and play on several sports teams. He plays lacrosse and enjoys creating things. (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 JoAnn Hisek
About Laura Krallman
Hello! My name is Laura Krallman, and I am very excited to be in my fifth year of teaching. I graduated in May of 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (K-6) with an emphasis on early childhood and an endorsement in reading. I received a master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction in May 2016. I was lucky enough to student teach in a wonderful kindergarten classroom and couldn’t be more excited to share my innovative ideas and love of learning with my current kindergarteners! My husband and I enjoy spending time golfing together, watching football, and taking walks with our beautiful one year old daughter, Ziva!
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! The students in my classroom will learn a lot of me, but this is a two-way street, and I will learn from them - the things I will learn from the children in my room are 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. School is a place where we as educators hope students will love to be and have fun while they learn!
About Lori Barry
Hi! Welcome to the 2017-2018 Springfield Elementary school year!
My name is Lori Barry, and this is my 13th year of teaching first grade here at Springfield. My educational background includes my bachelor’s degree in K-6 elementary education from UNL and my master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Doane College. This past summer I completed a K-3 math certificate program through UNL, giving me a specialization in elementary mathematics instruction.
I have a wonderful husband, Andrew, and two sweet children of my own, Madelyn (4) and Caden (2). This summer, we added two kittens to our household! Our family loves trips to the zoo, swimming, and picnics. Some of my hobbies include reading, golfing, and being outdoors.
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 at Springfield for 20 years now, but it is my 22nd 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. Actually, I teach in the very classroom where I sat as a six-year-old myself. What an honor! I graduated from Platteview, and I have my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Doane College. I have 2 kids of my own and I love spending time with my family, shopping, and reading. I couldn’t ask for a greater 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 thirty-second year teaching second grade for Springfield Platteview Community Schools. I love teaching kids and watching them grow 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. Sean is in 8th grade at Russell Middle School in Millard. In my spare time, I love to read, golf, watch my son play baseball, soccer and basketball.
About Manon Strayer
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
This is my second year teaching 2nd grade at Springfield Elementary. I love being back in the main classroom and being able to teach in all subject areas. Second grade was my favorite grade in elementary school, and I always wanted to be a 2nd grade teacher. It is going to be a fantastic year!
About Laura Corbett
Hello! My name is Laura Corbett, and this is my seventh year teaching at Springfield Elementary. This will be my fourth year in third grade, previously having taught kindergarten. 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. I am married to Chad, and we welcomed our daughter, Avery, in September 2015. In my free time, I love to golf, bicycle, read, play with Avery, wander around Target, and cheer on the Cyclones!
About Jeanne Tagel
This year is my sixth year of teaching third grade at Springfield Elementary. Previous to teaching third grade, I was the Title 1/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 Freshman at Platteview High School, Hannah is in sixth grade, and Kelsey in first grade at Springfield Elementary. In my spare time, I love to garden, read, bake, and be with family and friends.
About Cindy Hudson
About Jessica Michel
This year marks my eleventh year teaching and my eighth 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.
About Melody Kreger
About Cortney McElroy
I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis in math and social studies from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2012. I went on to receive my master’s degree through the UNO CADRE program in 2013. My master’s degree is in elementary education with an emphasis in literacy.
This is my sixth year here at Springfield Elementary! I have worked in fifth grade all six years.
Outside of school, I enjoy reading, biking, and spending time with family and friends. I also coach cheerleading at Platteview High School, which keeps me busy during the fall and winter seasons.
About Karen Moritz
Hello! My name is Karen Moritz. I teach 6th grade. I have a BS in elementary education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MS in learning disabilities from Creighton University. I have 18 years of experience teaching in the classroom and three years of experience substitute teaching.
I live in Papillion, Nebraska, with my husband, Michael. We have two children, Mackenzie and Connor, who are both in college. I love to read good books and travel to places I have never been. I have recently taken up painting as a hobby. I’m not very good at it yet, but it’s fun anyway!
I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!
About Colleen Sylvester
Lincoln Southeast High School – 1994
Wayne State College – 1998 – bachelor’s degree in education
Doane College – 2011 – master’s degree in curriculum and education
Omaha Children’s Museum science instructor (1 year)
Science instructor with MAD Science (2 years)
Kindergarten teacher with Childcare Center Omaha 2000 under Bright Horizons Management (2 years)
First and second grade teacher at Westmont Elementary (4 years)
Fourth and sixth grade teacher at Springfield Elementary (6 years)
Hello, I am Colleen Sylvester. My family includes my husband, Gary, my kids, Kylee (15) Cameron (12) Finley (3) and step sons Liam (15) and Devin(13). We have two dogs and three cats!
I taught preschool/Kindergarten for two years. I just completed my 10th year at Springfield Platteview schools, in which I have taught 1st, 4th and 6th grade.
I love to travel! This summer I went to South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado. This March, I’ll be heading to Costa Rica for my honeymoon!
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
Hello, my name is Katie Hobbs, this is my 11th year teaching as the Developmental Learning Center teacher for Springfield Elementary. As a child, I went to school at Springfield Elementary starting in third grade and eventually graduated from Platteview High School. I then went on to further my education and play soccer at UNO.
I have four kids Kitia (14), Dominic (11), Shaylla (10) and Nala (8). We have a dog named Shyllo, a skinny pig named Fred and a dwarf frog named Elvis. We love spending time outside camping, fishing, running, and riding bikes. Our weekends are spent at sporting events such as soccer, basketball and track.
I love my job. I look forward to the challenges, success, and hard work that are required each day. I enjoy finding new ways to reach/teach students. I am excited for a new year!
About Anna Carreon
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. I have been a Resource Teacher at Springfield for 5 years. The students in Springfield are amazing and the parents are so supportive. This is truly a wonderful community to be a part of!
Last year students knew me as Miss Mahoney. I recently got married to my husband, Steve. He is an Airplane Mechanic in the Air Force. He is a Cyclones fan and I am a Husker fan, but we still make it work! We have a dog named Bo. He is such a great dog and even knows tricks like ringing a chime to go outside!
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 third 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 Ted Glover
BS, Northwestern University, St. Paul, Minnesota
MA, Concordial University, Seward, Nebraska
1993-1995, St. Paul Public Schools, St. Paul, Minnesota
Head wrestling coach, 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, junior high football coach
I am in my 10th year teaching at Springfield Platteview Community Schools. I am the elementary P.E. teacher at Springfield Elementary, and we are the Tigers!
About Stephanie Brazell
About Marianne Whitcomb
About Carol Bowley
Hello! My name is Carol Bowley. This is my first year at Springfield Elementary as the Title Math Teacher. I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education K-6 with an endorsement in Special Education mild/moderate disabilities from UNO.
I have been teaching for 19 years, and I have spent most of those years as a Special Education Teacher. I was with Westside Schools in Omaha for the past 10 years. I am so excited to be a part of the Springfield community!
About Kelli Haynes
About Amanda Pitschmann
About Wendy Post
About Trista Welsh
I am enjoying my 5th year as a para at Springfield Elementary. My husband, Tom and I have three children that attend SPCS. Jennifer is a senior, Aidan is a freshman and our youngest, Elizabeth is a 6th grader at Springfield. I am active in my church as a Ladies’ Guild member and religion teacher for Kindergartners. In my spare time, I love to sew, craft, and spend time with my family.