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Retirements announced for principals, administrators

In the past week, several top administrators from Lincoln Public Schools have announced their retirement at the close of the 2016-17 school year. 

Jane Stavem, associate superintendent for Instruction at LPS, noted: “We are so grateful for the legacy of excellence these leaders will leave with Lincoln Public Schools.  They have demonstrated their commitment to our students and families through their dedicated service and the many ways they have made our school district a great place to learn and grow.”  

Retiring at the close of the school year are:

Paula Baker, principal at Pyrtle Elementary School since 2012, was previously principal at Pershing Elementary School and coordinator at Maxey Elementary School.  She also taught at Zeman, Beattie, Belmont and Maxey elementary schools, as well as for Westside Community Schools and Millard Public Schools.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Kearney State College and her Master’s Degree from Doane University,  

Deb Dabbert, principal at Eastridge Elementary School since 2009, was previously principal at Belmont and Hawthorne elementary schools, coordinator at Brownell Elementary School, and special education coordinator at Meadow Lane Elementary School.  Before that she taught at Huntington Elementary School, Omaha Public Schools and Palmyra/Bennet Schools.

She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Kathy Fleming has been principal at Saratoga Elementary School since 2005, and previously was assistant principal at Saratoga and coordinator at Campbell Elementary School.  She taught at McPhee Elementary School.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and her Master’s Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Rhonda True, principal of Pershing Elementary School since 2012, was also assistant principal at Prescott Elementary School and instructional coordinator at Elliott Elementary School. She taught at Lux Middle School, and Rousseau and Sheridan elementary schools, and Grand Island Public Schools.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and her Master’s Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Ruth Ann Wylie, principal at Prescott Elementary School since 2009, was also principal at Riley Elementary, and coordinator and teacher/team leader at Riley.  Wylie served as president of the Lincoln Education Association from 1991-1997.  She taught at Rousseau Elementary School and what used to be Park Elementary School.  She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Mary Reiman has served as the director of Library Media Services since 2005.  She began her career as a school librarian in Wakefield, Nebraska before moving to Lincoln Southeast High School as media specialist there. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Dakota, her Master of Library Science Degree from Emporia State University and her Master of Adult Education and Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska.

Cindy Brunken, Special Education supervisor since 2008, was previously the Special Education Coordinator at Lux Middle School and Team Leader for Speech-Language Pathology for LPS.  Brunken also was the speech-language pathologist and reading teacher at Lux, and served as speech-language pathologist at Rousseau Elementary School, Lincoln Southeast High School, and the previous Park Elementary School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Doane University, and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from UNL.

Wendy Henrichs has served as athletic director for Lincoln East High School since 2005. Prior to her current position, she was assistant athletic director at East High and an English teacher. She also taught and coached at Grand Island Senior High School  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Central College, and her Master’s Degree at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Marge Theel has worked at LPS since 1991 and is currently supervisor of Health Services.  At LPS she has also been a First Aid instructor, Team Leader and Medication Administration Certification Instructor. Prior to LPS, Theel worked for the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department as a Public Health Nurse, and at Bryan Memorial Hospital as a staff nurse. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and her Master’s Degree at Cambridge College.


Published: January 27, 2017, Updated: January 27, 2017