About Norris

Meet Mrs. Ballard

Greetings! I am Colleen Ballard and I am proud to serve as the principal of Norris Elementary School. The 2017-2018 school year will be my fifth year as your principal.  I am so lucky to work with such a great staff, great children and families. I have been in education for 19 years. My career started in Kansas City, Missouri where I taught Intermediate Montessori. I moved to Omaha and now have been at Norris for 14 years, where I have taught both Primary and Intermediate Montessori, served as the Instructional Facilitator and the Building Facilitator.  In addition to being a member of the great Norris staff, I am also a Norris parent!
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, my 9 year old son and my 6 year old daughter. We love to spend time outdoors, attending sports events, playing with our two Labrador Retrievers and watching movies. My favorite hobbies are running and getting lost in a really good book.
Please come by and say hello!

Meet Mrs. Hellbusch 

Hello Norris Family & Friends! 
My name is Jenny Hellbusch and I’m thrilled to become a Norris lion! I graduated from UNO with my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and received my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane University. I am currently working towards 
my Doctorate in Educational Administration from UNL. My career in education began eleven years ago. I served as a first and second grade teacher for eight years at Reagan Elementary in Millard, then as the administrative intern there for three years. 

My husband, Matt, and I have been married for the last seven years and we have a four-year-old daughter, Ellie. We also have two Chihuahuas – Dulce and Nola. In my free time, I love to do anything creative! I’ve recently taken up modern calligraphy chalk art. I’m really excited to positively contribute to the Norris community and develop new relationships with everyone!

Who is George Norris?

George W. Norris (July 11, 1861 – September 2, 1944) was a U.S. politician from the state of Nebraska. He served five terms in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican from 1903 until 1913 and five terms in the United States Senate from 1913 until 1943, four terms as a Republican and the final term as an Independent.

In Nebraska George Norris promoted the concept of the non-partisan, one-house legislature-the Unicameral. In 1934 Nebraska voters enthusiastically endorsed the idea and in 1937 Nebraska became the first and only state to have a unicameral legislature.

Norris secured passage of the Norris-La Guardia Act, which outlawed the practice of requiring prospective employees not to join a labor union as a condition of employment (the so-called yellow-dog contract) and greatly limited the use of court injunctions against strikes. Norris sponsored the Tennessee Valley Authority Act of 1933. Norris was also the prime Senate mover behind the Rural Electrification Act that brought electrical service to under-served and unserved rural areas across the United States.

Information and pictures taken from:
More about senator george norris - nebraska state historical site. (2003, May 20).                                                                               Retrieved from http://www.nebraskahistory.org/sites/norris/moreinfo.htm.

George w. norris. (2010, July 27). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Norris.

ffice Staff
Colleen Ballard

Elementary Administrative Intern
Jenny Hellbusch
Administrative Assistant Julie Grothe
Tammy Shill 
Health Room Para
Julie Williamson

Custodial Staff

Osmin Miranda

Kitchen Staff
Tracy Prokop
Pam Kelderman
Karen Verbocy

Kid's Network
Mike Seuper

Media Center
Andrew Schulze
Teacher Librarian
Laura DeGeorge

Work Room
Kim Grell

Special Education
Faith Rasmussen
Speech Pathologist
Nancy Williams
Jodi Barnes
Kali Fankhauser 

Kevin Dunlop

Roxie Worley

Physical Education
Jeff Purcell
Logan Reising 

Erin Aguirre
Doug Breiter 

Title I Reading
Chris Seiler
Brianna Bickley 
Anjela Stanek 

Kylie Schlecht
Pam Fredrickson 
Anne Miller

Pre-Primary Montessori
Genevieve Micek
Heather Preister
Donna Jarabek

Carrie Grove
Patricia Staudenmaier 

Primary Montessori
Shannon Barr
Connie Charles
Kathie Sweet

First Grade
Missy Croom
Melissa Daharsh 

Second Grade
Nichole Christie
Sarah Ferguson

Third Grade

Vikki Green
Marilyn Opitz 

Fourth Grade
Lacey Hollrah
Krista Morrison 

Fifth Grade
Kim Brummer
Miranda Knipfer 

Intermediate Montessori
Karrie Kelly
Robyn Smith