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Art

My name is Ms. Mary Gallagher and the 2017-18 school year will be my 17th year as the Art Specialist at Fullerton and my 24th year as an art teacher. I will get to spend 4 ½ days per week with my Fullerton students and ½ day (one morning) a week teaching art at Prairie Wind. I have one cat, one daughter, one son-in-law and three grandpets. My favorite things to do are teaching art, drawing, creating unique jewelry pieces, photography, hiking, reading, and yoga. I love art history, learning anything new, and creating PowerPoints for my lessons. I'm looking forward to seeing all my students in art class this year!
 

STAFF:  Mary Gallagher
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ESL

Hello! My name is Terry Killian. This will be my 13th year of teaching! I am so excited to begin this new chapter at Fullerton as the ESL teacher. I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I completed my ESL Endorsement through Concordia University. In my free time, I love to read! I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I am looking forward to an amazing school year in ESL!

STAFF:  Terry Killian
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Gifted & Talented

Hi, I am Mrs. Chan.  This is my 14th year teaching at Fullerton!  I am excited about the opportunity to work as our Gifted and Talented Education facilitator and our Magnet facilitator.  I have a Bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in English Literature and from UNO in Elementary Education. I obtained my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane College,  a Primary Math Specialist certification from UNL, and my gifted endorsement from the University of Iowa's Belin-Blank Center for the Study of Gifted Education. I am married to Mr. Chan and we have a son, Bennett, who is 7, and a 1st grader at Fullerton. Our daughter, Harper, is 5 and attends Pre K here, as well.  We also have 2 dogs, Koda and KC, our yellow labs. 

STAFF:  Laura Chan
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Magnet Facilitator

STAFF:  Laura Chan
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Media Specialist

Hi, I am D’Nae Simmons. I am the new library teacher at Fullerton. I look forward to getting to know the students and foster a love of reading. This is my 9th year teaching in the library. I taught in the library at Kellom Elementary for the past eight years and taught at Central High School prior to that. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education and Library Science from UNO and a Master’s degree in Urban Education from UNO. I am married to Mr. Simmons, who is also a teacher. We have 2 children, Aubrey, who is 8, and Dane, who is 3.

STAFF:  D'Nae Simmons
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Media Specialist

Hello! I am Miss Walker, the technology teacher. I graduated from UNO in 2010 with my Bachelors in Art Education. Then I knew that Library and Technology were my thing, so I went back to UNO and graduated in 2016 with my Masters in School Library. I am going back to UNO this fall to pursue an Instructional Technology Leadership endorsement. I am looking forward to working with my students in the computer lab! Feel free to visit my website and use any of the links.

STAFF:  Robin Walker
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Music

Hello!  I am Miss Doty, the vocal music teacher.  I received my Music Education degree from UNO.  I like to read, write, do yoga, go to church, and travel!  I love teaching kids new songs and making musical experiences that bring joy to our lives!
 

STAFF:  Beth Doty
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Physical Education

This is my 29th yr of teaching, all with OPS. The last 18 yrs have been here at Fullerton. My BS degree came from UNO and my Masters in Computers in Education came from Lesley College. My wife Lisa is also a teacher with OPS. I have 3 children....Danny (18), Olivia (15) and Joey (15). 

STAFF:  Pat Thompson
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Resource

This is my eleventh year with Omaha Public Schools. All eleven years have been at Fullerton. I teach resource for grades K-4. I graduated from Creighton University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Special Education. I received an endorsement in ESL in 2010 from Concordia University, a reading specialist endorsement and a Master’s degree in Literacy at Concordia in May 2011! I also obtained my second Master’s degree in May 2015 from Midland University in Educational Leadership. My husband, DeVon and I have been married 9 years. We have a son, Deuce, who is in fifth grade, a daughter, Ambria who is in second grade and our Shorkie, Lex.

STAFF:  Brianna Richards
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Resource

My name is Brennan Chandler and I am very excited to be a resource teacher here at Fullerton Magnet Center. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and early childhood education from the University of Nebraska- Omaha. I am currently working on my master’s degree in special education. Last year I taught 2nd grade within the OPS district; this is my first year teaching resource at Fullerton. It is going to be a great year! 

STAFF:  Brennan Chandler
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Speech

 
Hello! My name is Theresa Howatt and I love working as the speech language pathologist here at Fullerton. I have been working as a speech language pathologist for 23 years with all ages of children and adults. I look forward to assisting the students on improving their overall communication abilities. I know it is going to be a great year! If you have questions about the goals your child is working on, please do not hesitate to contact me at Fullerton or email me at theresa.howatt@ops.org. Thank you and I am excited to again be working with the children in the Fullerton community!  

STAFF:  Theresa Howatt
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Strings

My name is Drew Ritchie, and I am from Omaha. I am thrilled to be teaching strings in my second year with OPS. I graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 2016 with a degree in K-12 Music Education. Although cello is my main instrument - I also enjoy singing, playing saxophone, coaching chamber music groups with Omaha Area Youth Orchestras, experiencing time outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. E-Mail is the best way to reach me since I am in-between 5 total schools - Andrew.Ritchie@ops.org. We are looking forward to an amazing year in strings at Fullerton!

STAFF:  Drew Ritchie
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