Staff Spotlight: Wade Montgomery-Registrar at Early Childhood Special Education Department

Every week, we’ll shine a spotlight on one Lincoln Public Schools staff member! Get to know the wonderful people making a positive impact across various areas within LPS. This week, meet Wade Montgomery, registrar at the Early Childhood Special Education Department.

“Wade is always willing to help and serve others. His calm demeanor and ‘can do attitude’ is evident in his work with staff and families. He is a warm and welcoming team member when families begin their journey with LPS. He is a problem solver and always lends a helping hand to make things easier for others. He has a great sense of humor and can bring light to complex situations.” - LPS Director of Early Childhood Education Cara Lucas-Richt

Briefly describe your role at LPS.
As the early childhood special education registrar, I am responsible for enrolling students into our home-based program. In addition, I process referrals for 0-3 year olds for the Early Development Network at LPS. The Early Development Network (EDN) serves children from birth to age three and their families. A child is eligible for services if he or she is not developing typically, or has been diagnosed with a health condition that will affect his or her development.

How long have you worked for LPS?
I am coming up on six years.

What inspired you to become part of the education field at LPS?
Today, many people lead busy, fast-paced lives. It is easy to become self-focused. My job at Early Childhood pushes me to focus outwardly and give energy to others, which can be invigorating and rewarding.

What has been your favorite part of working here? What aspect of your job do you find most rewarding?
My favorite thing about my job is the opportunity to work alongside my colleagues. They are always super motivated about helping the children of Lincoln, and they inspire me on a daily basis.

Did you attend LPS as a student? If so, which school(s)? If not, where are you from?
I grew up near Crofton, Neb., and attended West Catholic Elementary and Middle School as well as Crofton Public High School.

What path did you take after completing your formal education?
I attended and graduated from Chadron State College where I studied business.

What do you enjoy most about the Lincoln community?
The small-town feel as well as having my family in close proximity. 

What is your favorite childhood book or a book that has influenced you positively?
"Cosmos" by Carl Sagan.

Share a shout out to a former teacher who impacted your life.
I would like to give a shout out to a few coworkers I have worked with whom I admire and look up to. They really bring out the best in Lincoln Public Schools: Rachel King at North Star High School, Kathryn Hull at Dawes Middle School and Megan Lytle in Health Services. Thank you all for the amazing work you do!

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Published: December 15, 2023, Updated: January 10, 2024

Wade Montgomery—Registrar at Early Childhood Special Education Department