KPS Announces Administration Changes

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Melissa Herrmann has been announced at the new Director of 6-12 Education for Kearney Public Schools. Herrmann has served as the Assistant Principal at Kearney High School since 2014 and was the KHS Dean of Students from 2011-2014. This position was formerly the Director of College & Career Readiness but was retitled to more accurately fit the job description.

According to Edwards, Herrmann will direct the 6-12 curriculum, principals, and college & career readiness. “With Mrs. Herrmann’s experience as a teacher and then as an administrator at the high school level, she was a natural choice for this position,” said KPS Superintendent Kent Edwards. “She has an excellent understanding of 6-12 education and firsthand experience with our College & Career Readiness programming.”

Herrmann has been an active leader in the KPS district working with our master schedule at KHS, serving as a liaison for Alternative and Special Education, and working with the MTSS teams at KHS and the school district.

“I have truly enjoyed my years at Kearney High School, and feel that my experiences have prepared me well for this next step in my career” said Herrmann. “I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to making a difference in the education of our 6-12 students.”

Herrmann earned her BA in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (2004), a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (2009), and will have an Education Specialist Degree from Doane University in 2020.

Prior to coming to KPS, Herrmann taught Social Studies at Lexington High School and Lincoln North Star High School. She replaces Angie Fransk who took a position as Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Central Lee Community School District in Donnellson, Iowa.

Kearney Public Schools is pleased to announce that Tracy Schall has been selected as principal for Glenwood Elementary starting in the 2019 - 2020 school year. Because Glenwood is a one-unit school, Schall will maintain her current positions as Director of KPS Media Services and Glenwood Librarian. She will be replacing Tom Jochum who is retiring.

Schall has been with Kearney Public Schools since 2001. She was a school librarian from 2001-2015, an Elementary Learning Coach from 2015-2018, and is currently the Director of Media Services and Glenwood and Buffalo Hills Librarian.

“The hiring of Mrs. Schall will provide a full-time, on-site administrator at Glenwood Elementary School,” said Superintendent Kent Edwards. “The combination of these positions was a natural fit for her and respective school stakeholders. Moreover, she is a natural leader that will understand and enhance the environment of a small, community school.”

Schall has been an active leader in Kearney Public Schools on the MTSS District Leadership Team, Crisis Team, Curriculum Coordinating Council, NeSA Writing, and others.

Schall states, “I know firsthand how incredible the students and staff at Glenwood are, and I am so excited to have been selected to be their next principal. I look forward to continuing to foster the caring, nurturing environment that is already in place at Glenwood.”

Schall received endorsements in PreK-12 Principalship in 2012/2013 and her Master of Arts in Education - Curriculum and Instruction in 1997 from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Prior to coming to Kearney, she taught high school English in Pleasanton, Nebraska.