Connie Niemi joined the Buffett Institute in 2020 as a preschool through Grade 3 educational facilitator, assigned to Gomez Heritage Elementary in Omaha Public Schools and Mockingbird Elementary in Ralston Public Schools. Niemi provides on-site support to elementary school leaders and instructional coaches to enhance quality, continuity, and equity in preschool ̶ third grade classrooms. She also works to build capacity within schools through embedded professional learning and co-coaching as part of the Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan. She has more than 20 years of experience as a public-school educator, with expertise in reading intervention, instructional coaching, developing and supporting the implementation of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She also has a wealth of experience in working with racially and linguistically diverse communities. Niemi earned a Master of Education in reading and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education, both from Western Oregon University. She has also attained her initial Nebraska teaching license in Elementary K-8.