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Nebraska Professional Practices Commission

Suspensions

Every effort has been made to assure accuracy in the following case histories, however, the Nebraska Professional Practices Commission does not guarantee complete accuracy of the information contained in this web site. Please direct questions, comments, or corrections to the NPPC office in writing or via e-mail at the addresses below.

 

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Case No. 90059, Craig Anthony
Abrogation of contract. NPPC recommendation
One- year suspension. State Board decision - concurred with NPPC.

 

Case No. 91003, Jacqueline Gorospe Salas
Abrogation of contract.
NPPC recommendation - One-year suspension. State Board decision - concurred with NPPC.

 

Case No. 91009, Larry D. Fox:
Misdemeanor conviction for Lewd and Lascivious Behavior.
NPPC recommendation - Nine-month suspension. State Board Decision - concurred with NPPC.

 

Case No. 91027, Bonnie Bruhn:
Misdemeanor conviction for Theft.
NPPC recommendation - Fourteen-month suspension. State Board decision - concurred with NPPC.

 

NPPC Case No. 97-3, Case No. 96025, Daniel Schneider
Abrogation of contract,
NPPC recommendation - One-year suspension. State Board decision - concurred with NPPC.

 

NPPC Case No. 97-4, Case No. 96030, Gretchen Ann Last:
Abrogation of contract,
NPPC recommendation - One-year suspension. State Board decision - concurred with NPPC.

 

NPPC Case No. 00-2, Case No. 98029, Mark A. Bliven:
Abrogation of contract.
NPPC recommendation - One-year suspension. State Board decision - concurred with NPPC.

 

NPPC Case No. 99-6, Case No. 99012,Kyle Siedlik:
Abrogation of contract
NPPC recommendation - One-year suspension. State Board decision - concurred with NPPC

 

NPPC Case No. 00-2, Margaret (Peg) Carney:
Abrogation of contract.
NPPC recommendation - One-year suspension. State Board decision - One-year suspension.

 

NPPC Case No. 00-4, Nadine Kirkpatrick:
Abrogation of contract.
NPPC recommendation - One-year suspension. State Board decision - One-year suspension.

 

NPPC Case No. 00-6, Kimberley Rhoades:
Abrogation of contract.
NPPC recommendation - One-year suspension. State Board decision - One-year suspension.

 

NPPC Case No. 00-7, Kelley Perkins:
Abrogation of contract.
NPPC recommendation - One-year suspension. State Board decision - One-year suspension.

 

NPPC Case No. 00-17, Case No. 00036, Jan Seier:
Abrogation of contract.
NPPC recommendation - one-year suspension. State Board decision - concurred with NPPC.

 

NPPC Case No. 01-05, Case No. 01-17, Chris Anglin:
Abrogation of contract.
NPPC recommendation - one-year suspension. State Board decision - concurred with NPPC.

 

NPPC Case No. 01-09, Case No. 01-23, Stephen Aspleaf:
Abrogation of contract.
NPPC recommendation - one-year suspension. State Board decision - concurred with NPPC.

 

NPPC Case No. 01-11, Case No. 01035, Vance Springer
Abrogation of contract.
NPPC recommendation - one-year suspension. State Board decision - concurred with NPPC.

 

NPPC Case No. 02-09, Case No. 01047, Danette Blankenbiller
Respondent was alleged to have given two male students two 22-caliber handguns after they had helped her move into her residence which was owned by the Santee Community School.
NPPC recommendation - ten-year revocation. State Board decision - one-year suspension.

 

NPPC Case No. 02-16, Case No. 01075, Chad Ekanger
Respondent used school computer to visit Internet sites that contained images of nude or partially nude females.
NPPC recommendation - one-year suspension. State Board decision - concurred with NPPC.

 

NPPC Case No. 03-13, Case No. 03041, Gary DeBolt
Abrogation of contract.
NPPC recommendation - one-year suspension. State Board decision - concurred with NPPC.

 

NPPC Case No. 04-17, Case No. 04040, Maria Messer
Abrogation of contract.
NPPC recommendation - one-year suspension. State Board decision - concurred.

 

NPPC Case No. 05-01, Case No. 05504, Travis Sexton
Respondent abrogated the terms of his contract with the Hastings Public Schools.
NPPC recommendation – one-year suspension. State Board decision – concurred.

 

NPPC Case No. 06-09, Case No. 05046, Scott Kuhn
Respondent was found guilty in the U.S. District Court for the offense of sale and transporting of illegally killed wildlife, a felony.
NPPC recommendation – suspension for a period of nine months from and after August 19, 2005, the date of his felony conviction. State Board decision – suspension for a period of time, from August 19, 2005, the date of his felony conviction in the U.S. District Court, through August 12, 2006.

 

NPPC Case No. 06-15, Case No. 06026, Valorie Planansky-Bila
Abrogation of contract.
NPPC recommendation - one-year suspension. State Board decision - concurred.

 

NPPC Case No. 07-03, Case No. 06033, Jennifer Kirksey
Abrogation of contract.
NPPC recommendation - one-year suspension. State Board decision - concurred.

 

NPPC Case No. 07-08, Case No. 07012, Anna Dawson
Abrogation of contract.
NPPC recommendation - one year suspension from date of final action by the State Board. State Board decision - one-year suspension beginning March 1, 2007.

 

NPPC Case No. 08-13, Case No. 08020, Amber (Boettcher) Pfeiffer

Respondent while employed as a math teacher and coach by the Shelton Public Schools, communicated inappropriately with former and current students through her Facebook account.

NPPC recommendation – two-year revocation from date of final action by the State Board of Education. State Board decision – two-year suspension commencing from June 10, 2008. The State Board found that considering the Respondent resigned her position in May of 2008 and has, in effect, been out of teaching for one full year that the beginning date of suspension of June 10, 2008 is appropriate.

 

NPPC Case No. 08-15, Case No. 08026, Melvin Miller

Abrogation of contract.

NPPC recommendation – one-year suspension from date of final action by the Board. State Board decision – concurred.

 

NPPC Case No. 08-19, Case No. 08032, Debra K. Gangwish

Abrogation of contract.

NPPC recommendation – one-year suspension from date of final action by the Board. State Board decision – concurred.

 

NPPC Case No. 09-01, Case No. 09003, Lesley Runty (Heaton)

Abrogation of contract.

NPPC recommendation – one-year suspension from date of final action by the Board. State Board decision – concurred.

 

NPPC Case No. 09-06, Case No. 09042, Brenda Kay Croghan

Abrogation of contract.

NPPC recommendation – one-year suspension from date of final action by the Board. State Board decision – concurred.

 

NPPC Case No. 10-11, Case No. 10043, W. David Barnes

Abrogation of contract.

NPPC Recommendation – one year suspension. State Board decision –

 

NPPC Case No. 11-07, Case No. 10026, Dale Kavan

Respondent was found Guilty by the Hall County District Court of three counts of Third-Degree Assault, all Class I Misdemeanors and was sentenced to probation for a period of two years.

NPPC Recommendation – Two-year Suspension from and after April 26, 2011 or until such time as the Respondent shall have satisfactorily completed the terms and conditions of the probation imposed by the District Court of Hall County, NE. State Board decision – Two-year Suspension from and after April 26, 2011.

 

NPPC Case No. 11-12, Case No. 11043, Brandi Jo Jessen

Abrogation of contract.

NPPC recommendation – one-year suspension from date of final action by the Board. State Board decision – concurred.

 

NPPC Case No. 12-07, Case No. 12023, Nathan Richter

The Respondent filed an application with the Nebraska Department of Education to renew his Nebraska Teaching Certificate, and failed to disclose that the State of Iowa was investigating him for teaching without the proper license.  The Respondent's Iowa certificate was suspended on December 9, 2011, until September 9, 2012. 

NPPC recommendation - one-year suspension.  State Board decision - concurred.

 

 NPPC Case No.12-08 , Case No. 12021, Ann Gigstad,

The Respondent failed to be truthful when questioned by administrators at the Millard Public Schools about a student's allergic reaction which occurred at school. 

NPPC recommendation – one-year revocation.  State Board decision – one-year suspension from the date of her resignation from the Millard Public Schools, April 27, 2012.

 

NPPC Case No. 12-09, Case No. 12022, Keri Watkins 

The Respondent failed to be truthful when questioned by administrators at the Millard Public Schools about a student's allergic reaction which occurred at school.  

NPPC recommendation – one-year revocation.  State Board decision – one-year suspension from the date of her resignation from the Millard Public Schools, April 27, 2012.

 

NPPC Case No. 14-02, Case No. 13066, Gregory Lynn Vest:

Abrogation of contract.  NPPC recommendation – one-year suspension from date of final action by the Board.  State Board decision –concurred.  

 

NPPC Case No. 14-08, Case No. 14012, Michelle Jacobsen: 

Respondent corrected students' writing from the first day of the fourth grade NeSA Writing Test.  NPPC recommendation - 1 year suspension.  State Board decision - concurred.

 

NPPC Case No. 14-10, Case No. 14042, Cody Magee: 

Abrogation of contract.  NPPC recommendation – one-year suspension from date of final action by the Board.  State Board decision – concurred. 

 

NPPC Case No. 15-02, Case No. 14050, Jolie Brooks: 

Abrogation of contract.  NPPC recommendation – one-year suspension from date of final action by the Board.  State Board decision – concurred. 

 

NPPC Case No. 15-09, Case No. 14043, Kari Bappe: 

The Respondent was employed as a teacher by the South Sioux City Community Schools as a psychologist from the 2000-2001 school year through the 2013-2014 school year.  The Respondent engaged in outside employment with the Dubuque Community School District during the 2013-2014 school year at times which conflicted with her duties and responsibilities with the South Sioux City Community Schools.  She claimed to be sick or caring for a sick family member on days when she worked for the Dubuque Community School District as a consultant.  In doing so, she failed to follow South Sioux City Community School Board Policies No. 402.3 and 403.6.  Further, beginning on and after August 12, 2014, the Respondent did not adhere to the terms of her teaching contract with the South Sioux City Community Schools for the 2014-2015 school year.  The school district was unable to hire a school psychologist to take her place for the school year.  NPPC recommendation – One-year Suspension for abrogating her school contract.  The NPPC further recommends an additional One-year Suspension for engaging in deceit and misrepresentation by not using sick leave for the purpose for which it was intended and working for another school district while she was out on sick leave.  State Board decision – concurred.

 

NPPC Case No. 15-11, Case No. 15022, Ramona Hourt: 

The Respondent, while administering the 2015 NeSA writing assessment to 8th grade students took pictures of students’ computer screens which contained secure test materials, examined and discussed student responses to items, provided answers to students, and arranged places where students could discuss test items.  NPPC recommendation – One-year Suspension.  State Board decision – concurred.

 

NPPC Case No. 16-14, Case No. 16035:

Abrogation of contract.  NPPC recommendation – one-year suspension from date of final action by the Board.  State Board decision – rejected NPPC recommendation, file dismissed.

 

NPPC Case No. 17-01, Case No. 16044, Jacob Cartwright:

Abrogation of contract.  NPPC recommendation – one-year suspension from date of final action by the Board. State Board decision - concurred.