ESU 5 Welcomes New Staff Members

Educational Service Unit No 5 would like to introduce their new staff members for the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

Picture of Odessa Ambrose

Odessa Ambrose will serve as our Teacher of the Visually Impaired.  Odessa is responsible for providing vision services for students who qualify with a visual impairment; ensure students have access to the general education curriculum by identifying and providing tools, accommodations and modifications and provide Braille instruction to students that have been identified as needing Braille as their learning media.  When not working, Odessa enjoys watching their two teenage boys sporting events, fishing, camping and has recently began crocheting blankets. 

Favorite Quote:
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”--Albert Einstein

Picture of Joseba Morena

Joseba Morena will serve as one of our Spanish Teachers.  Joseba will be teaching Spanish virtually to students in various districts across the state.  When not working, Joseba enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife.  Joseba also enjoys playing racquet sports throughout the year. 

Favorite Quote:
"Caminante no hay camino, se hace camino al andar." A verse from the Spanish poet Antonio Machado

Picture of Kim Ramirez

Kim Ramirez will serve as one of our Spanish Teachers.  Kim will be teaching students Spanish virtually in various districts across the state.  Kim's passion is learning and hopes to never stop.  Kim and her husband have two kids who keep them busy.  When not working, Kim enjoys cooking authentic ethnic food (Japanese and Mexican especially), baking, gardening and using those ingredients in her cooking, paddle boarding on any body of water she can, camping, being outside in nature, listening to a wide variety of music, learning about culture and language, and traveling to new places alone and also with her family.

Picture of Sean Roberts

Sean Roberts will serve as one of our Mental Health Clinicians.  Sean is a licensed independent mental health practitioner who works as a mental health clinician. Sean utilizes a strong relationship based approach to collaborate with the mental health team, administrators, teachers, staff, family and students to provide a range of services and supports within the school districts. Sean is particularly interested in assisting students and staff with applicable strategies and coping skills to manage mental health and improve wellness while also fostering a positive school culture and climate. When not working, Sean enjoys spending time with family: wife, two sons, and daughter, extended family, and friends. Sean enjoys traveling, grilling, music, and anything sports related including watching, playing, and coaching sports and collecting sports memorabilia.

Favorite Quote:  
"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." - Pablo Picaso

Picture of Sarah Schroeder

Sarah Schroeder will serve as one of our Mental Health Clinicians.  Sarah works with students ranging from elementary to high school and with staff in schools. Her primary role with students is to assist in navigating challenges/identifying successes as they proceed through their learning years in both one-on-one sessions and through intervening at a systemic level. Sarah feels a systems approach is the most effective way to assist schools in wellness. Sarah is interested in supporting staff in establishing meaningful, compassionate relationships and encouraging students in all areas of wellness. When not working, Sarah enjoys riding horses, cooking, camping, and spending time with friends. Along with her husband, Ethan, Sarah raises two young boys on the family farm as the 6th generation. They spend a lot of time working together and laughing along the way. 

Favorite Quote:
"We rise by lifting others" - Robert Ingersoll 

Picture of Aram Simsar

Aram Simsar will serve as one of our Occupational Therapist.  Aram is an occupational therapist who works with students in a variety of ways to accomplish their fine motor, visual motor and sensory goals. Whether that be handwriting, general focus or participating in craft activities, occupational therapy can help children more fully participate in school based activities by improving fine motor ability and broadening sensory capacity.  Aram was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and only moved to Nebraska recently. Although he has spent most of his life in Arizona, he has also lived in Florida, New Mexico and Sydney, Australia. Aram enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, biking, kayaking and occasionally disc golf. Aram and his wife welcomed their first child, a daughter, into the world last October and thoroughly enjoys spending time with her.

Favorite Quote:
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” 

I am so grateful that the ESU had so many specialists to work with my son, because now I know what to do to help my child with autism. The speech pathologist and occupational therapist from the ESU have allowed him to gain more than I ever expected him to. I don’t know what I would have done without them.
The best part of working at ESU 5 is the people I work with!
ESU 5 Staff Member
ESU 5 is a wonderful place to work! My co-workers are helpful, friendly and supportive.
ESU 5 Staff Member