Friends remember Lincoln teacher killed in motorcycle crash

Suspect: Kathy Teichmeier

By: Ashley Harding

A Belmont elementary school teacher was killed in a crash. Nancy Hermanson was killed in a motorcycle accident near Grand Island Monday afternoon. Those who worked with her remember her as woman who put family first and always lived life to the fullest. She taught fifth grade at Belmont elementary.

Her coworkers say she had a special love for her students…and they really loved her back. To those who knew 58-year-old Nancy Hermanson, she was a dreamer, a doer, a teacher, and most importantly, a wife and mother. But here at Belmont Elementary, her heart was in teaching.

“If it meant 6 o'clock at night, she was here with kids, making sure and loving them through the hard times of getting homework done. If it was Saturday morning or a workday, she was going to give everything she had to those kid,” Former Co-Worker Bobbie Ehrlich said.

Nancy was going for a motorcycle ride with her husband on I-80 in Hall County Monday afternoon. Authorities say she was cut off when Kathy Teichmeier of Kansas tried to make a quick u-turn at an emergency crossing.  Her bike rammed into the side of the car. Nancy died a short time later. Teichmeier is charged with felony motor vehicle homicide.

For Nancy's family at Belmont, her absence leaves a feeling of emptiness. “She took care of us. She very much was the center of a lot of wonderful things that happened and so when you take that center away, you've got to fill that,” Ehrlich said.

To help cope with the loss, Nancy's students spend part of the day speaking with counselors at nearby Goodrich Middle school.  And for those who loved her most, it gives great comfort knowing their friend and mentor is never really far away.

“Her never giving up, that spirit and drive, and passion for what she did. And for the people that she loved, that will live on,” Ehrlich said.

Nancy Hermanson's funeral will be held this Friday morning here in Lincoln.