Welcoming Karen Bell-Dancy and Dawes Middle School to the Team


We are excited to welcome Karen Bell-Dancy to Civic Nebraska as of July 1st. Karen has managed the Dawes Middle School Community Learning Center after school program for the last two years now. As the Community Learning Center program transitions to Civic Nebraska, we are excited that Karen has decided to stay on as the site director.

Karen Bell-Dancy is an accomplished professional educator with over twenty-five years of experience at all levels of education, ranging from elementary to postsecondary with both public and private institutions. She currently directs the Community Learning Center at Dawes Middle School for Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska. Previous positions include; Director of Distance Education Programs for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Director of the Office of Diversity and Internship Initiatives at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Assistant Director for Upward Bound at UMKC. She enjoys working and impacting the lives of youth with helping their transition into accountable and responsible citizens within their community.

Ms. Bell-Dancy holds a Bachelors of Psychology from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia and earned an Executive MBA from the UMKC’s Bloch School of Management.  Karen has passion for working with youth and community programs. She is a youth leader at her church, facilitates ACT and SAT workshops for local high school students, conducts workshops to assist parents in preparing for their child’s college education and is a court-appointed CASA for Lancaster County in Nebraska.

We are excited to welcome Karen to the Civic Nebraska team!



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