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. 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

Dr. 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-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.







Kayti Pfaffle

Adjunct ELL Instructor
BA, California Baptist University
MA, Morningside College



With 17 years of experience in education, including teaching all levels of Spanish (1-4), Spanish for Native Speakers, and English as a Second Language. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a Master’s degree in Education and ELL. She serves as the head ESL teacher for grades 9-12, the district coordinator for ELPA testing, and the district director for the Seal of Biliteracy.


Prior to teaching, she lived in Costa Rica and Mexico. She also spent time in other countries traveling, studying, interpreting, and participating in short-term missions. She currently teaches a Linguistics class as part of Midland University’s ESL endorsement. In this class, she loves not only being able to share her expertise in the field of ESL, but also help students engage in the course content online and offer practical application for their classrooms. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 4-year-old son, traveling, social-networking, and participating in Sunday school and women’s events at her church.

 

 
 




Kristen Job
Adjunct HAL Instructor
K-12 Gifted and Talented Endorsement, University of Iowa
MA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
 
Kristen Job is the Executive Director for the Nebraska Association for the Gifted. She teaches courses in the High Ability Learner Program at Midland University's Center for Graduate and Professional Studies. Before this, she was the Secondary Excellence in Youth Coordinator at Westside Community Schools, where she created an extensive seminar program for students that allowed them to have unique learning experiences outside of the regular classroom. She is starting a new path this year and will  attend UNL this Fall to get her Ph.D in Twice Exceptional Learners with a focus on rural 2E students. 
 
She loves teaching at Midland because it allows her to help colleagues create unique experiences for their unique learners! So often gifted kids are ignored in the school system because, "they will be just fine on their own." Educators are recognizing their unique needs and Kristen loves working with them to help meet the needs of their gifted learners. You will find her at the Nebraska Association for the Gifted annual conference each year which has been her baby for the last 15 years! 
 

 

 

 

Janeal Zechman
Coordinator of Field Based Experiences and Adjunct Faculty
BA, Tabor College
MEd, Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Janeal spent nineteen years as a secondary teacher and principal in private Christian schools in Oklahoma and Texas. She spent an additional ten years working for ACSI where one of her major responsibilities was overseeing the accreditation process for Christian schools in a six-state region. She also helped plan and organize three teachers’ conventions for the region each year. In addition, she served on numerous accreditation visits throughout the United States and overseas.

After getting married in 2014, she moved to Nebraska to begin a new chapter in her life. She began working for Midland University in 2016 as the Field-Based Experience (FBE) Facilitator for the Walker School of Education and assisting students struggling to pass the math portion of the Core Praxis Exam. After one year, she began teaching Assessment for Learning at the undergraduate level and Continuous School Improvement at the graduate level while continuing her FBE placements and tutoring.

In 2019, the Core Praxis Preparation course was added to her undergraduate responsibilities to assist students who had not yet passed the math portion of the Core Praxis Exam. She has continued to serve as a chairperson for accreditation visits annually. When Janeal married, she became a wife, mother, grandmother, and pastor’s wife. Her husband and his late wife had six children. Several were already married by 2014, but three were still in the home. The first grandchild was born just twelve days before her wedding, so her “new chapter” was very full! Three more grandchildren have been added to the family. In addition to spending time with her family, Janeal enjoys making greeting cards and reading in her spare time.






Brent Cudly

Adjunct Faculty

MA, University of Nebraska-Omaha


Brent Cudly serves as the Director of Professional Learning and Federal Programs in Fremont Public Schools and works in the Professional Learning Department at ESU2.  During nearly 20 years in education, Brent has taught or been a principal of students from preschool to college undergraduates.  Brent began his teaching career in Plattsmouth and then moved to Fremont High School in 2002.  After receiving a Master's degree from UNO, Brent was the AP/AD at Arlington Junior/Senior High School and was the Nebraska Middle School Principal of the Year in 2012.  In 2012, Brent became the Principal at Johnson Crossing in Fremont Public Schools. From 2016-2019, Brent served in a combined role as both an elementary principal and the district's Director of Professional Learning for Fremont Public Schools.