LPS announces new director of Community Learning Centers

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -- Nola Derby-Bennett has been selected as the new director of Community Learning Centers (CLC) at Lincoln Public Schools, the school district announced Tuesday. While the position is held by Lincoln Public Schools, the CLC director position is also supported by nearly a dozen lead agencies, many other community partners, the Lincoln Community Foundation and the city of Lincoln.

"We are excited that Nola Derby-Bennett will be joining the Community Learning Center team," said Steve Joel, superintendent of LPS. "She brings a vast background working effectively with individuals and groups that serve children and families. Her knowledge of the Lincoln community and our schools will be a major asset as she provides leadership to help our community sustain and grow Lincoln’s nationally recognized CLCs that are making a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community members everyday."

Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler said: “This is an exciting time for the CLC initiative, and Ms. Derby-Bennett’s experience, leadership and commitment to the community will help take CLC’s to the next level. She has outstanding credentials, and I look forward to working with her. I also want to thank Lea Ann Johnson for her years of dedication to Lincoln’s children, families and neighborhoods.”

Jim Blue, executive director of CEDARS, which is the lead agency partners at the Clinton and Hartley elementary school CLCs: "Community Learning Centers are vital to our community and critically important to thousands of Lincoln's children and families every day. Nola, with her talent and passion, will be a great leader. We are excited to work with her."

Derby-Bennett is now the executive director of The Hub, a Central Access Point for Young Adults in the Lincoln community, and has helped develop, grow and lead the non-profit agency.

She also has served as an adjunct instructor for the College of St. Mary, and worked in Special Education for Crete Public Schools.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of St. Mary and a Master’s Degree from Doane College.