- M. Ed Special Education, Behavior Disorders - University of Nebraska at Lincoln
“If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.” Katharine Hepburn
Barbara Rieken-Gross has been a member of the ESU staff since 2016. Barb works with students and staff to identify interventions and strategies that promote pro-social behaviors in the classroom. Barb also collaborates with teams on developing plans for students on the autism spectrum for academics, social skills, and behavior. Barb has a particular interest in executive functioning skills and the strategies both families and educational staff can implement to help students develop stronger skills in those areas. She is an active member of the MSLBD (behavior) Planning Committee and Master Teacher’s group, is on the Southeast Nebraska Autism Advisory Council, and is the chair of the ESU 5 regional autism team.
When not working, Barb enjoys spending time with her husband, Kerry, and daughters, Lauryn and Allie (and husband, Achu). Barb enjoys competitive tennis, bowling, hiking, and social networking.