Learning Community Leadership

David Patton, Ed.S.
Chief Executive Officer

The Learning Community mission is guided by an educator with experience stretching from Texas to Nebraska. David Patton’s diverse background includes multiple leadership roles in both urban and rural school districts. 

Career Highlights

David’s early years in education took him to Texas where he was a classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal. He returned to the metro area as an Omaha Public Schools administrator with valuable insights into the impact of poverty in education.  As a senior administrator for more than ten years, he managed a wide range of responsibility including student services, community relations and information management. Before joining the Learning Community, David served as Superintendent of Twin River Public Schools in Genoa, Nebraska.  


Ed.S with PK-12 Superintendent Endorsement,University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Project Management Advanced Studies certification, Washington University; Public Administration M.S. with Public School Administration endorsement, University of Nebraska-Omaha; Education B.A., Social Science B.A., Midland University.

Professional Associations

Member of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators. Former member: Peer Review Team for the Council of the Great City Schools, Nebraska Association of Technology Administrators, National Center for Education Statistics. 

Renee Franklin, MPA
Executive Director, Elementary Learning Centers

Renee Franklin leads the development of programming designed to challenge the achievement gap at the Learning Community centers of North and South Omaha, as well as school district pilot programs. Renee works closely with community and district partners to ensure Learning Community programs demonstrate proven concepts to improve educational outcomes for children and families in poverty.

Career Highlights
Renee brings more than 20 years of expertise in building community capacity for change. She transformed a struggling non-profit into an award-winning organization now known as Kids Can in South Omaha. While executive director, the organization thrived with new programs, funding support and an effective organizational structure. Earlier in her career, Renee served as the Nebraska-Southwest Iowa Muscular Dystrophy Association District Director, a chapter ranking in the top 10 nationwide.

Community Leadership: Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, Nonprofit Executive Institute, Komen Nebraska, Leadership Omaha Alumni Association, and Literacy Center of the Midlands.


David Moon
Finance Director

David Moon oversees the management and public reporting of all Learning Community finances. His responsibilities include a multi-year budgeting process and operations related to our annual audit. David plays a key role in data analysis related to demographic trends, student achievement, poverty measures and annual school district data.

Career Highlights
Over the last twenty years, David's work included financial management in both the public and private sectors. He most recently served as Business Manager for the Eastern Nebraska Veterans' Home in Bellevue. He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton.


Jamalia L. Parker, MSW
Director of Family Engagement Services

Jamalia Parker leads the development of Family Engagement programs, including Parent University, in the Learning Community Center of North Omaha. Jamalia is leading the way toward a collaborative community network model to help children and families succeed in education. She is a master's level social worker (MSW) and completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Creighton University.

Career Highlights
Jamalia's 20-year career blends academia and social service expertise. As the director of quality improvement for Lutheran Family Services, Jamalia supervised program and agency initiatives statewide. She played a key role in the first family support program offered by the Learning Community. Today, that innovative model is integrated into our North and South Omaha community centers. Uta Halee Girls Village and the University of Nebraska at Omaha are among the many community organizations that have benefitted from Jamalia's knowledge of best practices.

Community Leadership: Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership (ENCAP) Board of Directors, North Omaha Community Care Council, and Empowerment Network Advisory Board. 

Getting Results

Our latest program evaluations show that taxpayers are getting a strong return on their investment. 

Our Programs

Programs for families and children are improving student achievement. See how taxpayers are helping students who need us the most. PROGRAMS

Where are you in the Learning Community?

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Our School Districts

With 11 member school districts, we really can "share our learning."