Welcome to Kahoa

Terri Nelson
Terri Nelson, Principal

Welcome to the Kahoa Elementary School website. As you navigate through, you will learn more about our students, staff, parents, and programs. We are located at 7700 Leighton Ave. The original building underwent significant renovations during the 2010-2011 school year. Currently, Kahoa has a student body of nearly 600 students.

The school was built in 1972 and named for Mrs. Evelyn Kahoa, who joined Lincoln Public Schools in 1931 as a teacher at Longfellow and then Sheridan Elementary. In 1942 she went to Norwood Park as assistant principal and moved to principal in 1946. In 1949 Mrs. Kahoa became principal of both Bethany and Riley at the same time. This arrangement lasted until 1954 when her focus was narrowed to Bethany only. Mrs. Kahoa retired from Bethany in 1971.

Our mission at Kahoa Elementary is, “”Fostering Academic Excellence and Wellness for All Students in a Safe and Caring Environment”. Our staff is committed to the success of each individual student and believes in the power of education and life long learning. We are also committed to developing a strong partnership with the Kahoa community. Kahoa benefits from an active Parent-Teacher Organization and strong family support. We also benefit from a strong relationship with our community members such as the YMCA.

It is a great honor and privilege for me to be a part of the Kahoa community. As I begin my 25th year with Lincoln Public Schools, I look forward to working along side the wonderful Kahoa staff, students, and families. At Kahoa we take very seriously the responsibility of providing a safe, caring environment where all students are provided the highest quality education.

Thank you for your interest and for visiting the Kahoa website. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at 402-436-1147 if you have questions or if I can be of assistance to you.


Terri Nelson, Principal