Our Staff

At Westmont school, you’ll find teachers dedicated to meeting the individual learning needs of their students. Together with a team of office and support staff members, we create a positive environment that nurtures creativity and inspires learning.

Administration & Office Staff

Melissa Hasty
Principal
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I have been an educator for over twenty years. This is my eighth year in the role of principal at Westmont. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in K-12 educational administration. I also hold an Assessment Endorsement through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I have had the opportunity to work in five different districts, and I am sincere in my belief that Westmont is the best of the best.

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Teachers

Sandy Lee
Pre-K
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Laura Evans
Kindergarten
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I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a master's degree in 2010. I have been teaching at Westmont for over six years, and I absolutely love it!

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Megan Moore
Kindergarten
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Dawn Johnson
1st Grade
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I am a sixth grade teacher at Westmont Elementary. After enjoying five years of substitute teaching in this fabulous school district, I knew it was time to have my own classroom. Before I had children of my own, I was a math and reading specialist for grades first through sixth and a second grade teacher. I took a break to stay home with my twins, Garrett and Makenzie, who are now eighth graders at Platteview Central. I am now very excited to be one of the sixth grade teachers at Westmont! I received my teaching degree and master’s in administration from Wayne State College.

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Heidi Ronning
1st Grade
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Kami Kruger
2nd Grade
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I currently teach second grade here at Westmont. I have been a teacher here for over twenty years. I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska and my master’s degree from Doane College.

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Kerri Schlange
2nd Grade
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Meryl Engen
3rd Grade
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Kerri Moustakes
3rd Grade
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Glenda Blum
4th Grade
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Amber Murphy
4th Grade
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Judy Dobbs
5th Grade
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I have been teaching at Westmont for the past 23 years. I have taught both fifth and sixth grade. I have a master's degree in curriculum and instruction. I have lived in the area since high school, and both my children attended Westmont, Platteview Central, and are graduates of Platteview High School. I also graduated from Platteview. I still believe that Springfield Platteview offers the best education for your child!

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Michelle Parr
5th Grade
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I'm excited to be a fifth grade teacher this year! I am married to Joe Parr and we live in Springfield. We have two children, Annie and Jack, who both attend Platteview High School. I have been teaching for over 25 years. This is my fourteenth year in Springfield Platteview Community Schools. I have taught many different grades, including preschool, kindergarten, first, second, and sixth grades. I also taught UNO CADRE associate and technology classes at UNO. I have a bachelor's in elementary education/early childhood and a master’s in curriculum and instruction. I grew up in Springfield and graduated from Platteview High School. I'm excited to begin our fifth grade adventure!

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Janna Giles
6th Grade
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Bridget Stork
6th Grade
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I grew up in a military family and moved many times as a young child. My dad retired from the military here after being stationed at Offutt AFB. I have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in English from Hastings College, a master’s degree from Doane College in curriculum and instruction, and a kindergarten through third grade math specialist certification from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. I have taught for 20 years and have a variety of experience, ranging from teaching reading and doing multiage special interest classes to being a classroom teacher in grades first through sixth. This will be my eighth year here at Westmont. My husband, Kevin, and I live in Papillion with our son, Tim, and twins, Maggie and Thomas. Our children attend sixth grade and kindergarten here at Westmont. I’m looking forward to getting to know your kids!

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Vanessa Miller
Discovery
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I currently teach second grade here at Westmont. I have been a teacher here for over twenty years. I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska and my master’s degree from Doane College.

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Megan Orchard
Math
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Teather Roesler
Reading
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Shari Spiehs
Media
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Hannon Hisek
Physical Education
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JoAnna Johnson
Art
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I have been teaching elementary art for fourteen years, and I'm happy to say this is my ninth year in this district. I received my BFA from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. I am currently working towards my master’s degree in art education through the University of Nebraska, Kearney. I have been lucky enough to also travel and teach at camps during the summer, in upstate New York and in the mountains of Santa Fe, New Mexico. I love watching elementary students create. I want my students to feel comfortable to create with different mediums and techniques so they can explore and discover what they enjoy.

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Emilie Klein
Music
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I am the kindergarten through sixth grade general music teacher at Westmont Elementary. I love being a part of the Westmont family and have been teaching here for seven years. Previously, I was a music teacher for Grand Island Public Schools after graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Marla Janak
Band
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Shellee Dill
School Psychologist
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Kathleen Susman
Counselor
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I am your Westmont Elementary School counselor, and I am happy to be a part of your school community! I have been in education since 1985, first as a teacher in Chicago, and most recently in Omaha. I have a bachelor of science degree in early childhood and elementary education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s in school counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I have taught for many years and am dedicated to helping children succeed and reach their fullest potential. As a school counselor, I will work with your children in collaboration with families, staff, and our greater Omaha community. I will work in three domains, aligned with the American School Counselor Association National Model. These domains are: academic, personal/social, and career. As part of our eight-day cycle at Westmont, I will meet with your children once every eight days for a classroom guidance lesson. I am also available to work with your children either individually or in small groups to improve social skills, help solve their concerns, increase academic success, learn better communication skills, increase self-esteem, improve relationships, and work on being their best selves. As a mother of two grown children, I come to the role of school counselor with parenting experience as well. I am pleased to be your partner at Westmont!

Please contact me at any time with your comments, questions, or concerns.
"Anything is possible. Anything can be." -Shel Silverstein

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Lorie Koll
WEEC Speech Pathologist
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Michele Harvat
Speech
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I am the speech and language pathologist at Westmont Elementary School. This is my second year at Westmont. I love helping my students learn to listen and speak better.

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Christina Gonzalez
Special Education
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Mindi Fowler
Special Education
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Support Staff

June Jordening
Office Manager
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Abby Dominguez
Office Aide
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Michelle Brotzki
Classroom Para
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Kahtleen Bultez
Classroom Para
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Lisa Dierking
Classroom/Office Para
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Laura Evans
Classroom Para
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Laurie Grell
Classroom Para
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Katina Heese
Classroom Para
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Cathleen Lorenz
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Cheryl Marsden
Classroom Para
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Jaime Moyers
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Calli Nebel
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Nicole Steenbock
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Betheny Stewart
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Susan Bauer
Health Para
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Linda Gilleland
Media Para
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Tiffany Herzong
WEEC Para
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Amanda Kruse
WEEC Para
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Kimberlee Linzy
WEEC Para
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Mary Cullin
Kitchen
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Patty Ness
Kitchen
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George Ballard
Custodian
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Robert Iverson
Custodian
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