LPS names new principals for the 2017-18 school year

Lincoln Public Schools is pleased to announce five new elementary principals for the school district for the 2017-18 school year.

Jane Stavem, associate superintendent for Instruction at LPS said, “In Lincoln Public Schools we are fortunate to have committed leaders who care about student achievement and providing a quality education in every school. We are excited to welcome these new administrators and look forward to the energy and ideas they will bring to their schools.”

“We are thrilled about the new group of Lincoln Public Schools elementary principals,” added Eric Weber, associate superintendent for Human Resources at LPS. “Each of them brings a wealth of knowledge and experience within LPS as well as energy and excitement to lead in a new setting. We know they will build upon the legacy already established in each building and continue the pursuit of excellence for their students.”

The new principals are:

Arnold Elementary School: Jodi Frager

Jodi Frager is currently the associate principal at Dawes Middle School, and has served in that position since 2011. Frager started at LPS in 2009 as part of the Goodrich at Dawes Middle School team. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska. Frager obtained her Administrative Certificate from the University of Nebraska, her Masters of Arts in School Counseling from Central Missouri State University, and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska.

Brownell Elementary School: Kelly Apel

Kelly Apel has served as the associate principal at Goodrich Middle School since 2011. She has also worked at Clinton Elementary as associate principal, and Park Middle School as instructional coordinator and teacher. Apel obtained her Masters of Education from Doane College, her Bachelor of Science in Education from Peru State College, and a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa.

Eastridge Elementary School: Traci Boothe

Traci Boothe has been the coordinator at Eastridge Elementary School since 2013. Boothe has worked in Special Education from 2009 - 2013, and taught at Clinton Elementary from 1993 - 2009. She has obtained her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane College, and her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Pershing Elementary School: Jamie Cook

Jamie Cook has served as the Coordinator at Sheridan Elementary School since 2015. Prior to that, she was the Instructional Coach at Elliott Elementary from 2013-15, and taught with LPS since 2006 serving Elliott and Belmont Elementary Schools. Cook obtained her Master of Education in Educational Leadership in 2014, and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2006.

Saratoga Elementary School: Annette Bushaw

Annette Bushaw is currently the coordinator at Randolph Elementary School and has been since 2011. Prior to her position at Randolph, she served as a resource teacher at Clinton Elementary School from 2001-2011. Bushaw obtained her Master of Educational Leadership from Doane College, her Master of Elementary Special Education from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and her Bachelor of Science at Peru State College.


Everyone will begin their new duties on July 1, 2017. Congratulations to our new principals!

Published: March 10, 2017, Updated: March 10, 2017