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. Runde 

Hello! My name is Kendal Runde and I am so excited to be joining the Norris Elementary Family! Before joining Norris and Millard Public Schools I worked with Bennington Public Schools. In Bennington I had the opportunity to serve as an Elementary HAL Facilitator and CADRE Associate; before stepping into those roles I was both a second and third-grade teacher. 

This past fall our family grew by one when my husband Jared and I were blessed with our first baby! We have a feisty and on-the-move 7-month-old named Shay. She keeps us on our toes and laughing all the time! Shay's favorite new thing is to blow spit bubbles; she's also VERY into all the new purees she's been getting to try. I'm also a proud "dog mom" to Ricky (Miniature Sheltie, 5) and Sammie (Rottweiler Mix, 12)

I am looking forward to getting rolling with the 2019-2020 school year and fully becoming a Lion.

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.

Office Staff
Colleen Ballard
Elementary Administrative Intern
Kendal Runde
Administrative Assistant Julie Grothe
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Shannon Shill 
Health Room Para
Julie Williamson

Custodial Staff
Brandon Stava

Kitchen Staff

Theresa Bochnicek 
Pam Kelderman
Karen Verbocy

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

Laurie Fitzpatrick

Physical Education
Jeff Purcell
Logan Reising 
Sixpence Home Visitor
Kiara Taylor

Erin Aguirre
Doug Breiter 

Title I Reading
Chris Seiler
Brianna Bickley 
Anjela Stanek 

Kylie Schlecht

Devyn Denman
Pam Fredrickson 
Anne Miller

Pre-Primary Montessori
Genevieve Micek
Maria Lundvall
Heather Preister
Donna Jarabek

Carrie Grove
Patricia Staudenmaier 

Primary Montessori
Shannon Barr
Connie Charles
Tracy Agenbroad

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

Kylie Wees
Miranda Knipfer 

Intermediate Montessori
Karrie Kelly
Robyn Smith