Staff Spotlight: Kelsey Scharton - purchasing specialist

Every week, we’ll shine a spotlight on one Lincoln Public Schools staff member! Get to know the wonderful people making a positive impact across various areas within LPS. This week, meet Kelsey Scharton, purchasing specialist at the Steve Joel District Leadership Center.

"Kelsey has excellent organizing skills and communication. She is always thinking of ways to help us work more efficiently and has created some really great data tracking systems." - Lovena Glantz, purchasing technician.

In a few sentences, briefly describe your role at LPS.
I am a purchasing specialist in the purchasing department. I process the purchase orders for district construction and maintenance projects, computing services-related equipment as well as the district's paper supplies.

How long have you worked for LPS?
I have been with LPS for four years! I started as a secretary at Elliott Elementary (shoutout Owls!) and moved to my current role in 2023.

What inspired you to become part of the education field at LPS?
When looking to pivot into a different career, it was very important to work for a company that makes an impact within the community and supports our local youth. LPS was a no-brainer as it encompasses all of my values as part of its mission.

What has been your favorite part of working here? What aspect of your job do you find most rewarding?
I absolutely love being able to learn new things every day. Every day brings new adventures and I love to be a part of the moving process of supporting individuals within our district. One of the things I find most rewarding is being able to be a TeamMates mentor and to directly make an impact with the youth in our schools as well as being able to support them behind the scenes in my day-to-day tasks. It's the best of both worlds!

Did you attend LPS as a student? If so, which school(s)? If not, where are you from?
I attended the Montessori program at Everett Elementary, Pound Middle School and Southwest High School.

What path did you take after completing your formal education?
I attended Southeast Community College.

What do you enjoy most about the Lincoln community?
Lincoln really embodies the motto "The Good Life.” It is culturally diverse and has a strong sense of community.

What is your favorite childhood book or a book that has influenced your life positively?
A book that has influenced my life positively would be “Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win” by Jocko Willink.

Share a shout out to a former teacher who impacted your life.
Mr. Schrad at Southwest High School really made science fun! I appreciate all he did for me!

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Published: July 3, 2024, Updated: July 3, 2024

Kelsey Scharton - purchasing specialist