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Vocal Music Staff

Wes Hansmeyer, Vocal Music Teacher

Subject Area(s): 7th Grade Choir, 8th Grade Choir, Titanaires, Titan Chorale, Titan Singers, 68th Street Singers Show Choir, Titanaires Show Choir, and Gold Show Choir.  I also co-direct an annual fall high school musical and spring 7th and 8th grade musical. 

Home Town: Crete (Hallam), NE

Year you entered the teaching profession: 1996

Degrees Held & Institution Received From:  Bachelors of Music Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1996 and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Doane College in May of 2006.   

Favorite thing about teaching:  I truly enjoy the students with whom I work.  Norris students work very hard and are a joy to be around.  I learn from them everyday. 

Extra Duty Assignments:  High School Musical and 7th/8th Grade Musical

Interests/Hobbies:  I love being with my wife, Jane, and my two sons, Thomas and Marcus.  I also enjoy lawn work, movies, travel, baking, boating, and helping my father and brother on the farm when I have extra time.

Other Jobs:  Director of the Lincoln Public Schools All City Girls Chorus



Jill Elswick, HS Musical Co-Director, MS Musical Co-Director


Subject Area: Spanish
Home Town:  Firth, NE
Year you entered the teaching profession: 2007

Degrees Held & Institution Received From: Bachelor of Science, Spanish Secondary Education, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Extra Duty Assignments:  
Musical Director, Middle School Musical Director





Gina Boe, Accompanist

Hometown:  Waverly, NE

Degree:  BA in Speech Communications from UNL, minors in Music, English, History.  

About me:  Married to Perry; Mom (and mother-in-law) to Hunter (Kelsey), Hannah (Seth), Harrison and Houston. My family has been a part of the Norris community since 2001.   I am also an independent songwriter, working with various publishers and artists.  I love working with creative kids to help them discover and grow in their gifts.  





Carey Helmink, Accompanist


Hometown: Cortland, NE

Degree: Bachelors in Choral Music; major instrument – piano

I am married to Kyle Helmink. We are both Norris grads from long ago. 😊 I have 4 adult children (that are Norris grads) and 4 grandchildren.

I have taught music in public and private schools but have spent most of my musical life working with church choirs, community choirs and as a private teacher. I am currently on staff part time at Lincoln Berean Church where I direct the middle school choir, the adult choir and Esprit de Corp which is a high school choir that tours in the summer. In addition to that, I give private piano/voice lessons. I have performed, taught, accompanied, and directed music for as long as I can remember. I obviously love music but I also love the more important aspect of what we do which is connecting with students and coming alongside them to help them become successful adults.


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