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Meet the First Grade Team

 

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Room 137
Phone:
402-436-1162

Connie Schmidt

1st Grade  ·  Teacher

Wow! This is my 35th year of teaching.  Time flies when you love what you do!  I began teaching in the Waverly School District.  I taught sixth grade,  first grade, kindergarten, and Title 1 Reading.  This is my twelfth year at Pyrtle.  I taught kindergarten and am currently teaching first grade here at Pyrtle.  I love teaching.  Pyrtle is a GRRR-eat  place to learn!

My husband Steve and I have 2 married sons. We live in Lincoln.  My family loves spending time together at our cabin near York.  We have 2 Boston terriers named Taz and Joey.

Professional Experience

I attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln and graduated with a degree in elementary education.  I continued my education and received a Master’s Degree from UNL.  I am a life long learner and continue to take classes and attend workshops related to my teaching career.

Room:
Room 132
Phone:
402-436-1162

Paula Brandt

1st Grade  ·  Teacher

My name is Paula Brandt and I am thrilled to be part of the first grade team here at Pyrtle School.  I have been in the Lincoln Public Schools district since 1995 and have worn a variety of hats from library media to classroom.   This is my 25th year in education!  I am originally from the small town of Spencer, NE, but have resided in Lincoln since 1988. I live with my husband Sven and two of our children.  Hanna is a sophomore at East High School and Nicklas  is a third grade student at Pyrtle.  We also have two grown children Samantha and Christian. When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends.I look forward to meeting new students, families, and neighbors at Pyrtle this year!

Professional Experience

1990  B. S.  Elementary Education / Early Childhood  UNL

1995  M.A.  School Library Media UNL / UNO

Room:
Room 130
Phone:
402-436-1162

Jessica Hames

1st Grade  ·  Teacher

My name is Jessica Hames and I am so excited to be part of the first grade team here at Pyrtle School.  This is my fourth year of teaching.  I absolutely love being in the classroom!  Pyrtle is an amazing school to be apart of and a fantastic place to learn!  I have spent my whole life in Lincoln and am a proud graduate of East High School. When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, working out, and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to meeting new students and families at Pyrtle this year!

2014  B. S.  Elementary Education UNL