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The Administration Department is committed to serving, supporting, and empowering member school districts and ESU 13 staff. The staff members in the Administration Department are responsible for securing and allocating revenue sources, grant management, representing ESU 13 throughout the panhandle, coordinating the Superintendents' Advisory Council, and serving as a liaison to Nebraska Department of Education and Educational Service Unit

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Scottsbluff Office | 4215 Avenue I, Scottsbluff, NE 69361 | (308) 635-3696
Sidney Office | 361 College Drive, Sidney, NE 69162 | (308) 254-4677
Laura Barrett, Ed.D.

 Laura Barrett, EdD


  (308) 635-3696



Hello and Welcome to Educational Service Unit #13!

I am excited to serve as the Administrator for ESU #13. I have had the privilege of working for ESU #13 for many years. I am excited to have the opportunity to serve in a new role here and to continue to work in an organization that serves, supports and empowers our 21-member school districts, the ESU #13 staff, and the communities we serve. 

My past educational experiences here at ESU #13 include Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Assistant Coordinator for the Central/Western Nebraska Partnership for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Secondary Transition Specialist, Special Education Coordinator and Director. I also served as the Director of Student Services for Gering Public Schools.

I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned a B.S. Degree in Education and M. Ed. in Special Education. I attended Chadron State College and earned a M.S. in Educational Administration in 2012. Finally in 2020, I completed my Specialist Degree and Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

I have been blessed with a great and supportive family. My husband Bryan works in agricultural finance and we love to travel together. I have two sons who come along with us on all of our adventures.

I am excited to serve all of you through the work we do at ESU #13.

The Leadership Team meets regularly to discuss service unit and department progress, accomplishments, and planned activities. Through collaboration,    the Leadership Team works to assist with problem solving and shared decision making, coordination of efforts, and program improvement and expansion.

 Leadership Team Members:
Laura Barrett, EdD, Administrator of ESU 13
Tom Peacock, Director of Alternative Education
Dr. Katie Carrizales, Director of Psychological and Behavioral Health
Nici Johnson, Director of Early Childhood
Deirdre Amundsen, Director of Professional Learning
Jessica Broderick, Director of Special Education
BJ Peters, Director of Technology
Danielle Cole, Director of Title 1C Education