About Lincoln Public Schools

Lincoln Public Schools Speakers Bureau: Speaking for the Children

Lincoln Public Schools is the second largest public school district in Nebraska, serving over 34,000 students from early childhood and kindergarten through senior year in high school—and at 37 elementary schools, eleven middle schools and six high schools. 

In addition to Superintendent Steve Joel, members of the LPS Speaker’s Bureau offer a broad variety of voices in all aspects of public education in the School District, telling the fascinating story of our schools:  addressing the School District’s master facility plan, the value of school athletics, the School District budget, what we want students to learn and how we know they are learning it, and much more.

Speakers tailor their time and topics to the needs of your group, whether it is a community organization, a business or a neighborhood group.  There is no fee for this service, but we suggest advance notice.

Please call us today—and invite us to speak for the children.

Contact Mary Kay Roth, Director, Communications for Lincoln Public Schools
Phone: 402-436-1609—Email: mkroth@lps.org

Speakers & Topics

President, Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education
  • The Lincoln Board of Education is working for you
  • The value of public education to our community

Additional members of the Lincoln Board of Education are also available.
For information about our board of education, president and members
please visit our Board of Education information page.

Jane Stavem, Associate Superintendent for Instruction
  • Teaching and learning with LPS students
  • Challenges in public education
  • State and federal requirements
  • Continuous School Improvement
  • Student Mobility
Liz Standish, Associate Superintendent for Business Affairs
  • School Finance 101
  • Lincoln Public Schools Budget
  • Lincoln Public Schools: Good stewards of our tax money
  • General topics on business and finance
Eric Weber, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources
  • Human Capital
  • Hiring for One-to-one Technology Environments
  • Strengths-based Leadership
  • Professional Learning Communities
John Neal, Assistant to the Superintendent for General Administration and Governmental Relations
  • Lobbying: Why a political subdivision needs one
  • Favorite school district statistics
  • Legislative issues for public education
  • Community Learning Centers
  • Athletics
  • TeamMates
  • Pet Therapy
Thomas Christie, Multicultural School/Community Administrator
  • Cultural diversity with students and staff
  • Multicultural education: What does that mean?
  • Race Relations
Jenny Fundus, Director of Special Education
  • Quality Special Education Programming for students birth to age 21
  • Aligning teaching strategies and the budget to meet student needs
  • Building capacity of all educators to meet the needs of struggling learners
Jadi Miller, Director of Instruction
  • What’s new in curriculum at Lincoln Public Schools?
  • How we develop curriculum
  • State standards
Dan Hohensee, Director, The Career Academy
  • The Career Academy opens in the Fall of 2015 as a partnership with local high schools and Southeast Community College.
Pat Hunter-Pirtle, Director of Secondary Instruction
  • Middle school and high school education
  • Graduation Rate 
  • Future leaders and leadership development
Bess Scott, Director of Continuous Improvement and Professional Learning
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Professional Learning
Cindy Schwaninger, Director of Elementary Instruction
  • Teacher Appraisal
  • Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST) within the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Framework
  • Elementary Education
Linda Hix, Interim Director of Federal Programs
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Title I
Kirk Langer, Director of Technology
Mary Reiman, Director of Library Media Services
  • Moving a media center for renovation
  • Designing a new media center
  • Books, literature and the importance of reading
Scott Wieskamp, Director of Facilities
  • A comprehensive master plan for LPS facilities
  • Update on construction across the School District
Marjorie Theel, Supervisor of Health Services
  • School nursing
  • H1N1 influenza
  • Childhood obesity issues
Kathi Wieskamp, Director of Athletics and student Activities
  • What's new with LPS Athletics?
  • Budgeting for Athletics
  • The value of school athletics
Wendy Van, Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools
  • Why Community Matters when it comes to public education
  • Update on The Career Academy and other LPS community projects
  • Partnering with local schools for big impact
  • Leveraging resources for big change
  • Vital Signs: Collective Impact to support Lincoln Families
Walter Powell, Coordinator of TeamMates
  • The power of mentoring
All of our LPS Curriculum Specialists can speak about their area:
  • Lisa Oltman, Reading Language Arts, 436-1804, loltman@lps.org
  • David Smith, English Language Arts, 436-1803, dsmith@lps.org
  • Matt Larson, Mathematics, 436-1801, mrl@lps.org
  • James Blake, Science, 436-1802, jblake@lps.org
  • Randy Ernst, Social Studies, 436-1805, rernst@lps.org
  • Carol Andringa, Career and Tech Ed, 436-1819, candrin@lps.org
  • Marybell Avery, Health and Physical education, 436-1812, mavery@lps.org
  • Joan Jacobs, Gifted Education, 436-1822, jjacobs@lps.org
  • Lorinda Rice, Visual Art, 436-1813, lrice@lps.org
  • Jami Holbein Swanson, World Language, 436-1814, jswanson@lps.org
  • Tim Hahn, Instructional Technology Coordinator, K-8, 458-3133, thahn@lps.org
  • Kent Steen, Computer Science, 458-3129, ksteen@lps.org
  • Lance Nielsen, Music Supervisor, 436-1631, ldniels@lps.org