Meet Kara Nelson, our Raymond Central Before- and After-School Program leader

As our school community coordinator, Kara advocates for Raymond Central youth, families and community residents, and plans, schedules and directs daily routines, activities, and operations of each elementary site.


Kara Nelson of Davey is Civic Nebraska’s school community coordinator for the Raymond Central Before- and After-School Program, which begins at Valparaiso and Ceresco elementary schools this fall. She begins her duties on May 26.

Kara Nelson

As school community coordinator, Kara will advocate for Raymond Central youth, families and community residents. She will plan, schedule, and direct daily routines, activities, and operations of both elementary sites. Kara also will develop relationships and partnerships with community-based organizations, school staff, and community members to support the program’s goals.

Kara and her family are longtime members and supporters of the school district and its community.

“My family and I made Raymond Central our home 16 years ago and we have loved being a part of this community. So many of our memories and ‘life lessons’ are interconnected with Raymond Central,” she said. “I am so excited and consider myself fortunate to be able to continue to work in such a capacity with Civic Nebraska and the people of Raymond Central.”

Kara worked for Raymond Central Schools for 10 years. She believes that the difference an individual can make in a young person’s life is profound. She discovered that to celebrate their accomplishments and to encourage through disappointment is rewarding.

“My philosophy in life is to meet people where they are at – understanding a person’s abilities and ambitions to discover their own path to fulfill their purpose,” she said.

This is the first year for the Raymond Central Before- and After-School Program by Civic Nebraska, an expanded learning opportunity for elementary schoolers that delivers new experiences, academic support, and civic leadership in a safe, healthy, and fun environment. Registration is now open.

Kara lives on an acreage with her husband – and their chickens, four cats, a beautiful lab, and an irresistible pug, plus visits from her college-age daughters. She enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, classic novels, and movies.

Please join us in welcoming Kara to Civic Nebraska. We’re so glad she’s on our team!

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