Jo Lee, Early Childhood Coordinator

Jo Lee, Early Childhood Coordinator

My dad always advised “find a job that feels like play.”  (He’s a rancher.)  So I did!  I’ve been “playing” in ESU 16 early childhood for over 30 years and loved every minute of it.  I have an undergraduate degree from UNL in early childhood and early childhood special education, and a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in special education.  Along the way I’ve picked up endorsements in behavior, resource, early childhood special education, and early childhood.  I’ve also had a ton of training in autism spectrum disorders and serve on the ESU 16 Autism Team.

Denise Brauer

Denise Brauer, Early Childhood Special Educator

Believe it or not - I have been with ESU 16 over 30 years! This has been my one and only teaching position. I graduated from Kearney State College in Fall of 1987 and started with ESU 16 in August 1988. When I first started teaching at ESU 16, I had the 5-8 year old class at the Special Services Center. My job has evolved over the years wearing several hats - Resource Teacher, SPED Consultant, Speech/Language Assistant, to my passion - Early Childhood Special Education Teacher. I love working with families, day care providers, preschool teachers and of course, babies, toddlers, and preschoolers! I have a love for pre-literacy with children and making books come alive for children.

Becky Burke

Becky Burke, Early Childhood Speech-Language Pathologist


Emily Johnson, Early Childhood Speech-Language Pathologist

As the most recent addition to the early childhood team, I have been a Speech Language Pathologist for over eight years.    I have worked with children in a variety of settings that include outpatient pediatric clinics, non profit agencies, early intervention and preschool. My passion is for early language development, feeding therapy and motor speech disorders. I love to see children thrive in their homes and communities.  I received my undergraduate degree from Penn State University and my masters from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.


Angie McBride, Early Childhood Speech-Language Pathologist

I have been an SLP with ESU 16 for 15 years!  Time flies when you are having fun!  I received my undergraduate degree at University of Nebraska Lincoln and then my Masters from California State University Northridge.  I have worked with school age children all 15 years and have added working with preschoolers more recently 3 years ago.  I love kids and helping them learn to communicate so they can share their wants, needs, thoughts and interests in a way others can understand them! 


April Wilson, Early Development Network Services Coordinator


Kaelyn Klaasmeyer, Early Development Services Coordinator

In 2018 I received my  bachelors degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. I have been with ESU 16 for a little over a year now.


Jenny Reichman, Occupational Therapist


Cassie Jarzynka, Occupational Therapist


Susan Hood, Physical Therapist