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. Holmes

Hello Norris Family & Friends! 
I am honored to join the Norris School Community as the Administrative Intern.   I truly believe in our mission to guarantee every student a world-class educational foundation of academic skills and character traits, and I am proud to be apart of a school that works hard to provide effective and diverse opportunities so our students can achieve personal excellence.

I have been in education for 8 years, and I started my career as a 5th grade teacher.  Since then I have worked as a special education teacher and instructional facilitator.  Now I am beyond excited to continue my career as a Norris Lion!

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, running, and reading.  One of favorite things to do is make a hot cup of tea and sit down with a good book outside on my patio or cuddled up on the couch.  I look forward to meeting all the Norris families! My door is always open.

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.