Meet Us

Sara Tiedeman


Dr. Sara Tiedeman
Dean, Walker School of Education
BS, MEd, Ed.D., University of South Dakota


Dr. Sara Tiedeman became the Dean of the Walker School of Education at Midland University in June 2019.  Dr. Tiedeman previously served as the director of Northwestern College’s Master of Education degree programs and the chair of the undergraduate Teacher Education department. 

Before that she was an associate professor at Arizona State University and a contract specialist and data analyst for edCount, which is based in Washington, D.C., and provides systems and services for educators across the U.S. Dr. Tiedeman has also taught at South Dakota State University, has experience as a K-12 teacher of English as a second language and district administrator of federal programs, and previously served on the executive board for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. 


Jerry Beach

Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Beach
Adjunct Instructor, Midland University
BS, MEd, Ed.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Jerry Beach has been an adjunct instructor for the Midland University Walker School of education since 2010. In addition to teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, Jerry supervises Midland University teacher candidates (student teachers) at all grade levels in a variety of curriculum content areas.

Jerry’s educational career began in 1977 in Bradshaw, Nebraska. He then went on to serve as a  secondary principal in the public schools of Aurora, NE. Finally, Jerry served as the superintendent of the Fort Calhoun Community Schools, before retiring from the position in 2010.

"The Midland M.Ed. program's hybrid structure provides real value to both the students and faculty. During our face-to-face sessions, I get the chance to put students' faces with the names I see on the online coursework. It's incredible to see students form a community of fellow educators that will last a lifetime while I get to know them on a personal level during our in-person classes."


Nancy Christensen

Nancy Christensen
Assistant Professor of Education, Midland University
B.S., University of Nebraska Lincoln, MEd Doane University 

Nancy Christensen is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Education at Midland University teaching in both the undergraduate program as well as the M.Ed. program. Nancy earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Doane University.  She spent the first years of her career serving as a reading specialist in Omaha Public Schools and then a classroom teacher in Fremont Public Schools. Nancy then transitioned into an Instructional Writing Coach for K-8 Teachers and an Independent Consultant providing professional development in teaching writing for more than 25 districts in the state of Nebraska, Iowa and North Dakota.   

Dr. Dawson

Dr. Ed Dawson
Adjunct Instructor, Midland ESL Endorsement
PhD., University of Arizona

Dr. Dawson has been working in education for over 35 years. He earned his doctorate in Human Communication and Social Influence with a minor in Sociology/Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1994. His teaching experience spans 4th grade to undergraduate students at the University of Nebraska Omaha, Creighton University and graduate students at the University of Arizona. His administrative experience ranges from being the Director of Research in a tribal college, to his current role as Executive Director of Federal Programs and Research at Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson Arizona. Dr. Dawson has a deep understanding and experience in developing and facilitating courses in learner-centered and transformational organizational communication and education curriculum. Ed has worked as a political consultant as well as holding an executive post in a Healthcare Research firm in the Midwest. He is a well-published author and researcher.  

Dr. Kathleen Hinman
5th Grade Teacher, Mount View Elementary
Adjunct Instructor, Midland MEd

Over the years Kathleen has earned two master's degrees (M.A. and M.S.), one in elementary education and a second in reading specialization. She also has a PhD. in K-12 studies with an emphasis in literacy. For the past few years, Kathleen has been a literacy coach in OPS and recently decided to return to the classroom. She is proudest of being a National Board Certified Teacher in literacy.

Kathleen has been teaching graduate classes for about ten years now and absolutely loves working with adult learners. She believes they are already dedicated professionals and we all have so much to learn from each other. Kathleen’s class will focus on effective teaching and preparation for the certification process. Her class will take all of the already amazing and effective tools you use to reach students, share with our classmates, and learn to put them in a portfolio that will be submitted to the National Board of Professional Teach Standards.



Angela Mosier

Angela Mosier
9-12 Mathematics Dept. Head, Westside Community Schools
Adjunct Instructor, Midland MEd
BS, University of Nebraska at Omaha; MA, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Ed.D., Walden University

Angela has been a secondary mathematics teacher since 1999 when she started teaching for the Westside Community School district. Currently a National Board Certified Teacher, Angela earned her certification in early adolescence mathematics in 2007 and completed the recertification process in 2017. Angela is the 2013 Nebraska State Teacher of the Year.

Throughout her career, Angela has focused on servant leadership by helping new teachers grow instructionally and promoting leadership skills in others. These skills, as promoted throughout the National Board Certification process, are essential to the teaching profession. As an instructor for Midland’s master of education graduate program, she hopes to strengthen these characteristics in her students as she supports their journey in the National Board certification process.  



Carla Noerrlinger


Carla Noerrlinger
Director of Research Division, Omaha Public Schools
Adjunct Instructor, Midland MEd

As an educator, I was employed by the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) for 39 years serving in many different roles. After my retirement in July 2014, I became an adjunct instructor at Midland University in the Walker School of Education. In this capacity, I assist graduate students in the Leadership in Teaching and Learning program as they designed, researched, and implemented action research projects. Additionally, I have supervised elementary, middle school, and special education teacher candidates in their capstone clinical experiences.

I have a Master of Education in Administration and an Endorsement in Assessment certified by the State of Nebraska. 


Tony Weers

Dr. Tony Weers

Director of Secondary Education, Millard Public Schools
Adjunct Instructor, Midland MEd
BA, Dana College; MA, Doane University; Ed.D. University of Nebraska at Omaha


With 20 years experience as a teacher, building administrator, superintendent, and director Tony is convinced the most important aspect of leadership is people.  Empowering people to do more for the students they serve has become a passion of his. With over 15 years of administrative experience, Tony is excited to begin helping professionals learn how to stretch themselves and lead in new and innovative ways.