"The whole world
opened to me
when I learned
- Mary McLeod Bethune
Wilson Focus Library
5141 F Street
Omaha, NE 68117
Wilson Focus Studio
Barb Jizba received a Bachelor’s Degree with a Dual Major in Elementary Education and Special Education in 1982 from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She substitute taught in Fort Collins, Colorado and taught in a Resource Program in Grantsville, Utah before returning to Nebraska.
Omaha Public Schools hired Barb in 1987 as a Resource Teacher where she traveled between Mount View Elementary and Fontenelle Elementary for one year. The next five years were split between teaching Resource at Fontenelle Elementary and staying home with her three sons.
Barb taught for twelve years at Minne Lusa Elementary. She was the Resource teacher for the first three years and spent the next nine years teaching fourth and fifth grade students.
From 1999 to 2001 her fourth grade class at Minne Lusa helped her explore new technologies as she completed a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In 2005 Barb’s love of learning took her back to classes at the University of Nebraska – Omaha where she completed the coursework for a Library Endorsement. Barb spent two years as the Library Media Specialist at Kellom Elementary. While there she facilitated the move of their library back to the center of the school to improve staff and student access to library resources.
In the spring of 2008 Barb was offered the job as School Librarian at Underwood Hills Focus School. This joint venture between Elkhorn Public Schools, Westside Community Schools, and Omaha Public Schools brought great personal and professional growth to Barb as she collaborated with the amazing staff, students, and parents to create a learning environment that could be a model for Focus Schools.
It was heartbreaking for Barb to see the 3-district collaboration dissolve, but she was very excited to be a part of carrying on the educational model that came from that 3-district collaboration. Barb hoped to make the staff, students, and parents that were part of the phenomenal venture that began at Underwood Hills very proud as she continued to build on the successes that came from that collaboration.
Barb is an advocate for 21st Century information literacy skills being integrated into the curriculum and the daily lives of her students. She believes that her students have always been the driving force behind her love of learning. She strives to keep up with her students’ insatiable curiosity and desire to find new ways to explore their world.
Students Open Library - Fall 2011
International Students from UNO
Animationish Enrichment in Library
Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).
Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).