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You’ll never find a more dedicated and devoted educational team than we have at Springfield Platteview Community Schools. We are members of this community, and our children attend SPCS schools. We are your friends and neighbors—we are all vested in educating our young people.

District Administration

Brett Richards
Superintendent
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About Brett Richards

Brett Richards is beginning his 24th year in education. He has served as a teacher of at-risk students, dean of students, junior high principal, and is currently in his ninth year as a superintendent of schools, with six of those years serving as superintendent in the Springfield Platteview Community Schools. His philosophy is rooted deeply in establishing a strong, collaborative culture throughout the district to foster high student achievement. He has been married over 20 years and has two children who attend Platteview High School. Mr. Richards is a graduate of Bellevue West and obtained a bachelor of science degree from Peru State College in 1992. He has a master’s degree in arts of teaching from Hastings College (1994),  a master of education in educational leadership from Doane College (2001), and an educational specialist degree from Doane College (2014).

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Heidi Zierott
Director of Learning
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About Heidi Zierott

Mrs. Heidi Zierott has served as Director of Learning for Springfield Platteview Community Schools since the fall of 2018. She has devoted almost twenty years to education. She has worked with students and families from a wide variety of schools. She feels fortunate to work with the wonderful staff at Mt. Pulaski District (Illinois), Conestoga Public Schools, Papillion La Vista Public Schools, Weeping Water Public Schools, and Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools before transitioning to her position at Springfield Platteview Community Schools. 

Mrs. Zierott is a graduate of Lincoln Community High School (Illinois) and obtained a bachelor of science degree from Quincy University (Illinois). She has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane College, a master of education, and a specialist degree in educational leadership from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Through the years, Mrs. Zierott has had the opportunity to serve in many different roles in education including teaching special education for Kindergarten through ninth grade, reading recovery teacher, district counselor, and coordinator for special education, special populations, curriculum, assessment, and compliance for state and federal programs. 

Her family keeps her very busy. Her family lives on the family farm outside of Murdock, NE. They are the proud parents of three very active daughters. They enjoy being outside, participating in a wide variety of athletics, going to the lake, and spending time with family and friends. 

Mrs. Zierott has and will continue to be an advocate for all students and staff. She focuses her core beliefs on providing an environment dedicated to achieving excellence through purposeful instruction while developing relationships with students and families so that they can work together to ensure success for students while they are in school and after. 

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Jacci Lucas
Director of Special Services
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Frank Staskiewicz, Jr.
Director of Technology
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About Frank Staskiewicz, Jr.

Frank is a proud South Omaha native and alum of the University of Nebraska Omaha, where he earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration with a specialization in management information systems. After spending the first half of his IT career in private business in Omaha, Frank joined Springfield Platteview Community Schools as its director of technology in July 2004. He is responsible for all aspects of the district’s technology ecosystem.

Frank and his wife, Karen, relocated to Springfield in September 1996 to raise their two children in our school district. Brad and Andrea graduated from Platteview High School in 2006 and 2008, respectively, and both are now enjoying satisfying professional careers thanks in large part to the top-quality education provided by SPCS.

When Frank isn’t at work you can often find him in his boat attempting to terrorize fish, or toiling in the yard, or shooting photos. He and Karen enjoy grilling and smoking food and are always trying new recipes. They also like to travel and enjoy local fare when on the road.

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School Administrators

Ron Alexander
Principal - Platteview High School
O: (402) 339.3606
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Melissa Hasty
Principal - Westmont Elementary
O: (402) 895.9602
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Kaela Heneger
Principal - Springfield Elementary
O: (402) 253.2245
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I am looking forward to another great year at Springfield Elementary. I am excited to be a part of such a fabulous community. My husband, Jeremy, and I, along with our two children, Mackenzie and Atticus, moved to Springfield in August 2014. We were impressed with how welcoming the community was and the pride people took in the school district. Springfield was the perfect fit for our family, and I am thrilled to be part of such a dedicated team of educators. Springfield Elementary has the best students, parents, and staff around. I have had the opportunity to work in several different roles throughout my career, including as a district literacy coach, Title I coordinator, third grade language arts teacher, and kindergarten teacher. I have been fortunate to work with all levels from preschool to high school. I am truly blessed to work with dedicated and passionate staff, supportive parents and the creative, energetic students of Springfield Elementary. Education: Bachelor of Art in Elementary Education from Hastings College; Assessment Endorsement from the University of Nebraska Lincoln; Master of Education: Reading Specialist from the University of Nebraska Kearney; Master of Educational Leadership: Administrative Degree (PK-12) from Doane College; Educational Specialist degree from Doane College: Superintendent's Endorsement. I am currently working on my doctorate (E.d.D.) through Doane University. Fun Facts: Our daughter, Mackenzie, is a freshman at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. She will double major in political science and Spanish. After earning her bachelor's degree she plans to apply to law school. Our son, Atticus, is a fifth grader at Springfield Elementary. He loves to play outside, play with Legos, and play on several sports teams. He plays lacrosse and enjoys creating things.(Just so you know, he calls me "Mrs. Heneger" at school.) Fall is my favorite time of the year (school starts in the fall!). I grew up in Superior, NE and am the oldest of three children. I love to read, play games, and watch movies. I enjoy running and try to run in a road/trail race every couple of months. My husband and I love to cook and try new foods.

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Darin Johnson
Principal - Platteview Central Jr. High School
O: (402) 339.5052
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District Staff

Nichole Baugh
Director of Public and Community Relations
O: (402) 592-1300
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Thoma Bumgardner
Human Resources
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Shellee Dill
School Psychologist
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About Shellee Dill

Mrs. Dill serves students from birth through age 21. This is her 21st year working in the school district. She was a contracted employee through Educational Service Unit #3 for the first 11 years, until she was hired by Springfield Platteview 10 years ago. Her educational background includes a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she majored in psychology and minored in education and art history. She also holds a master of science degree and an education specialist degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, both in school psychology. Her husband, Corby, is a graduate of Platteview High School, and her mother-in-law taught in the district for many years. Mrs. Dill has three children, Nicholas, Lauren, and Chloe. In her spare time, she loves to golf, read, and spend time with her family and friends.

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Becky Elliff
Executive Secretary
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Greg Gentile
Director of Buildings and Grounds
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Kelli Haynes
District Registered Nurse
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Robin Hill
Director of Food Services for Opaa
O: (402) 339.9919
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Rod Jones
Student Transportation of America - Assistant Mgr
O: (402) 884.4025
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Roxanne Kastens
Business Manager
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Jeremy Mahoney
Instructional Technology Specialist
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Doug Mann
Director of Maintenance
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Brenda Promes
Accounts Payable Specialist
O: (402) 592-1300
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Lindy Richards
Executive Secretary
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