Year Elected to Office and Number of Terms Served:
Julie Hehnke was elected to her first term in office to represent Ward 3 in December of 2012.
Education and Background:
Hehnke worked as an educator in both public and private K-12 school systems, as well as an adjunct professor for five years teaching graduate coursework in the Media and Information Technology Program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She earned a Doctorate in Education Administration and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, holds a Masters in K-6 Education Administration and a 7-12 Education Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, as well as a Masters in Computers in K-12 from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Place of Employment: Currently, Hehnke is employed by the Grand Island Public Schools.
Community Activities and Organizations Currently Involved In: Hehnke has been actively involved with the State Nebraska Association of Gifted Board where she has been a member for over 10 years, served as Board President and as State Conference Coordinator. Currently, she assists with state issues through participation on the board and as an advisory member.
Additional Involvement and Special Areas of Interest: Hehnke has always been involved and interested in helping others to understand the importance of reading and of developing a reading habit. She was part of the first grant which funded the Baby-Talk group that worked collaboratively with the Grand Island Public Library to encourage new parents to read to newborns.
Reason for Running for Public Office: Hehnke has lived most of her life in Grand Island; playing in many of the city parks, going to school and graduating from the Grand Island Public School system, and working at a wide array of jobs in the local area. Her friends and family encouraged her to run for city council as her lifelong ties and commitment to the local area have influenced her to have an interest about the current status of Grand Island, as well as concern regarding the future outlook for the community.
Family Members: Hehnke and her husband, Jay, have one daughter, along with many immediate family members who reside in the Grand Island area.