Leading for Learning

The vision of the Leading for Learning team is to build the capacity of campus leaders and staff to provide high-quality services that translate into Every Student, Every Day a Success. Our staff has the responsibility of providing educational leadership, offering high-level support through professional learning, a guaranteed and viable curriculum, instructional strategies, high-quality assessment, and resources to the educators of Grand Island Public Schools.

Because student learning is at the center of all we do, our efforts necessarily focus on the content, contexts, and processes that will likely provide the best possible learning opportunities. Teachers have always been the key to great learning experiences; it's what happens between the teachers and students that determines whether learning opportunities are engaging, rigorous, relevant, meaningful, and lasting. Thus, the L4L Team provides teachers and principals with a high level of support -- so they can continually teach better and improve students' learning experiences.

The L4L Team also helps facilitate the district's teaching and learning process by offering ongoing dialogue with GIPS educators which challenges our notions about the best ways to teach, assess, and grade students. As educators, we must be committed to making decisions based on research and best practices, regularly reflecting on current practices, making changes when better information becomes available, and continually improving the science and craft of education.

The GIPS teachers and administrators have responsibility for actively engaging in individual and collaborative work that improves learning opportunities for every student. The L4L Team is committed to providing centralized functions which support and enhance student learning. By doing so, we aim to help GIPS staff members work smarter and more effectively and realize the district's mission of "Every Day, Every Student, a Success."

We hope you benefit from the information on our Learning website!


Chief Leading for Learning Officer

Dr. Toni Palmer

Director of Federal Programs

Kris Schneider

Director of Curriculum & Professional Learning

Shanna Gannon

Director of Assessment and Accountability

Dr. Amy Mancini-Marshall

Director of Special Education

Renee Engel

ELL Coordinator

Amanda Levos

Title I Coordinator

Kate Crowe

Gifted & Talented Coordinator

Cara Kuhl

Curriculum Coordinator: Math

Cindy Beaman

Curriculum Coordinator: Science

Katie Ramsey

Curriculum Coordinator: ELA & Social Studies

Brittney Bills