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"The whole world
  opened to me 
when I learned
            to read.
 - Mary McLeod Bethune  

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Wilson Focus Library

5141 F Street

Omaha, NE 68117

(402) 733-1785


LaRae Schmidt

School Librarian

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Wilson Focus Library


LaRae Schmidt was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. In 1986, she completed her Associate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from Trinity College in London and then went on to study for a year in Sweden. After that, she completed her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a B.A in History from the University of Saskatchewan.

In 1991, she married Mike and three years later, they moved with their son to Niger, West Africa. Their daughter, Ariana, was born two years later.  In their 18 years in Niger, LaRae was involved in developing curriculum, creating libraries, tutoring children, and mentoring local teachers.  There she taught in French as well as Hausa, the trade language. They also spent one year living in Pasadena, CA while her husband was completing his doctorate and did another year in Vevey, Switzerland to strengthen their French language skills. She completed her Masters of Elementary Education in 2006.

In 2012, they moved to Omaha where later she took a third-grade position at Gomez Heritage. Their house was built in 1890, so they have spent many hours restoring and renovating: two passions of Mrs. Schmidt’s! She also loves gardening, animals of all kinds, cooking and the outdoors.  She began her librarian endorsement two years ago and feels blessed to join the Wilson team, following in Ms. Jizba’s footsteps.

Library Pics

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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 (531-299-9822).

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 (531-299-9822).