Nebraska Loves Public Schools is dedicated to supporting public education one documentary film at a time. We’ve made over 100 films that share the stories of schools, students, and educators doing amazing things across the state. Want to know what’s happening in our public schools? Take a look. We’ve never had a shortage of inspiring stories to share. We invite you to explore the films, share what you learn, and discover how to take action with our toolkit.
Sally Nellson Barrett
Since 2011, Sally has interviewed more than 500 people and directed more than 40 films to raise awareness about the high-quality public education in Nebraska. Most recently she has turned her attention to creating longer-form I Love Public Schools films, documentaries focused on the ways societal issues impact public schools and what schools are doing to protect, understand, and empower students to be successful. Prior to this campaign, Sally ran a successful practice providing creative direction and story development for many of the largest banks and investment managers in the country. Sally is a proud graduate of AshlandGreenwood High School.
Amanda keeps the wheels moving for our project and she oversees each individual shoot down to the last detail. In her role, she conducts pre-interviews and assembles the puzzle pieces, logistics, and planning it takes to create our documentary films. From research and story collection, working directly with participating schools and identifying interviewees, to scheduling filming days, creating shot lists and everything in between, she leads the production process to ensure we have enough content to adequately tell each story. Since she joined the team in 2012, she has helped us evolve into the storytellers we are today. She is a proud graduate of Westside High School.
Director of Marketing
One of the biggest goals of our project is to share the message of the stories we create. In her role, Brittany is tasked with and responsible for just that: the distribution of our films. Through telling our story, she creates companion campaign pieces for the documentary films, including the project's TV, radio, and social media. In-person, she connects with teachers, students, and community leaders to encourage others across the state and country to share the 'I Love Public Schools' message online and in the community. She's also the creator of I Love Public Schools Day holiday, celebrated nationally each January. Brittany is a proud graduate of Millard South High School.
Director of Photography
As a cinematographer, Andrew has worked on the Nebraska Loves Public Schools project since the very beginning. After taking a three-year hiatus to live abroad with his wife and family, he has since returned as our fulltime Director of Photography. He has an unparalleled ability to make everyone feel as if he or she has known him forever. It is through this establishment of comfort and trust that we are able to capture the most authentic stories possible. After wrapping up a soccer career at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Andrew has traveled the world pursuing a passion for helping those in need. His experience as a student at a Native American reservation and other high-poverty schools in Nebraska helped to provide a deep understanding of issues in education that help inform our films. He is a proud graduate of Omaha North High School.
Director of Operations
As a friend and follower of Nebraska Loves Public Schools since the beginning, Nicole seamlessly joined our team to help us reach more Nebraskans with our message. She's responsible for overseeing our short- and long-term goals and keeps our team on track. As a designer by trade, she's also responsible for extending and advancing the look and feel of our brand online, on our merchandise, and in-person. Nicole is a recovering PTA President and passionate advocate for parental engagement in public schools. She is also a proud graduate of Adams Central Jr-Sr High School.
Social Media Manager
Kourtney graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. She grew up in Normal, Illinois where she attended public schools her whole life. (And yes, it was very "normal" thanks for asking). Kourtney is responsible for our social media and assists Brittany with marketing. Knowing she wouldn't make a great teacher but seeing her many family members thrive as public school educators, she was influenced to join the I Love Public Schools team. You know how the saying goes, those who can't teach decide to promote and advocate for public schools! She is a proud graduate of Normal Community West High School (Normal, IL).
Spending her career as an experienced marketer with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer goods industry, she's responsible for one of our project's most visible pieces: the I Love Public Schools television, digital, and radio presence. Jenny helps us unify our messages to reach all parts of the state and ensure the voices of our public school communities can be shared far and wide. Though across the river to the East, Jenny is still a proud graduate of public school, Sioux City North High School to be exact.
Jen joins the team through our merchandise partnership with Bergman Brand. She previously spent her career in e-commerce and marketing, further helping spread our message with our merchandise across new channels and marketplaces. She continues to ensure that we are able to offer our supporters with I Love Public Schools merchandise that they'll love, as well as being present in local community events and pop-up shops. Jen is a proud public school graduate of Omaha Westside - Go Warriors!
Mandy's responsible for overseeing our short- and long-term goals and keeping our team on track. She has worked in many different corporate environments, she is a pro at finding efficient solutions, and not to mention, she's an excellent seamstress. She grew up in a military family and married a military man, so she has experienced schools, both public and private, all over the country. She is the mom of two public school graduates. She's also a proud graduate of Papillion LaVista Community Schools.
As one of our editors, Ryan is very familiar with every interview, sound bite, and video clip we record. He combines this vast knowledge to create our short story extras, social media videos, and our radio spots. He assists in developing our longer films and he has a keen eye for details to help us tell the best story we can. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he earned a degree in Journalism & Media Communications, with a focus in film production. Ryan is a proud graduate of Elkhorn South High School.