Hello, Bearcat Nation!

Home Sweet Home!  I am excited and honored to be back at USD 454 as the Elementary Principal.  I earned my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from University of Nebraska-Kearney, my Master’s in Teaching and Learning from Avila University and my Master’s in Building Administration from Emporia State University. My classroom experience spans 28 years (16 of which were in Burlingame) followed by 2 years as an instructional coach and 4 years as a building administrator intern. All these experiences have led me to believe that all children are unique and deserve an engaging, safe, educational environment that grows them intellectually, emotionally and socially. It is my goal to establish a culture that enables teachers to flourish and where students are happy and can reach their full potential. 

Our family moved to Burlingame from Nebraska in 2000.  Scott and I have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.  Kayla is an assistant principal at Shawnee Heights High School and has 2 kids, Lucy, 4 and Theo, 2.  Nikki is the controller at the Ottawa Coop.  She and Adam Fleming have two kids, Oliver, 4 and Micah, 1.  Krista is a senior account manager for McNamara Insurance Company.  She and Aaron Rowley have two kids, Landon, 10 and Myla, 7. Derek works for the Nebraska Department of Roads.  He and Jordan have 3 kids, Braxton, 10, Paicyn, 8 and Emma, 3.  During our free time we enjoy spending time with family, training our Weimaraners, gardening, woodworking, and cheering for the Huskers. 

I look forward to meeting each of you and serving your students, families, and our community.  


Mrs. Shelley Banzhaf