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Special Services Staff

 

Laura Barrett

ESU13 Special Services Director

lbarrett@esu13.org

Stephanie Ryan

SPED Secretary

sryan@esu13.org

Stephanie has been with ESU13 since February of 2016. Before she came to work at ESU 13 she worked as a Para for Gering Public Schools. After being in Early Childhood for almost 13 years she decided it was time for a change.She has been married to her High School sweetheart Dean for 25 years and they have 3 wonderful boys together, Brayden who is 24 years old and attends Univeristy of  Kearney Nebraska, Collin who is 20 years old and works for Target, and Karsen who is 12 years old and is a 7th grader at Gering Junior High. After her husband retired from the Navy after 20 years they decided to move back to the area and have been back for 6 years. She is so happy to be working with great people at ESU 13.

 

Beth Maser

Academic Intervention Coach

bmaser@esu13.org

Beth started working for ESU13 as an Academic Intervention Coach in 2016. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She has 21 years’ experience teaching grades K-8th grade. She has spent a majority of those years in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade classrooms. Her favorite grade to teach was 3rd grade, as they were not taller than her. She is very passionate about educating children. She believes in every child. She finds their strengths and draws from them. She is looking forward to working with the area schools on implementing Results Driven Accountability and the Improving Learning for Children with Disabilities. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, John and their three children; Grant-17, Megan-15 and Jack who is 8 years old.

 

   Teachers 

Tina Rudy

trudy@esu13.org

 

Patti Stroud

pstroud@esu13.org

 

Peggy Coulter - Music

pmoore@esu13.org

 

   
  Nurse

Tiffany Leetch

tleetch@esu13.org

 

Tiffany is a certified employee for ESU #13. She started college at Western Nebraska Community College and then once she was done with the prerequisites’ for nursing she transferred to the University of Nebraska Nursing Program (Scottsbluff Branch). She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Science and she passed her Nursing Boards with a license to practice nursing. She didn’t want to be far from her family as she helps her father with the cattle. The best part about working with ESU is she gets to work hands on with some awesome students hands down this is why her job rocks. The staff is great to work with also. Her hobbies and interest are sort of the same. The first thing is spending time with her family. Secondly, is working on the farm with her dad. She absolutely loves being covered in dirt and being around the cattle. This is what she has always loved to do. Since, she was out of diapers she was with her father every weekend and any day she could learn about the cattle. She just honestly loves being on the farm it is peaceful and she can think clearly there. Some other things she loves to do are fishing (when I am catching the fish), camping (especially in South Dakota and the Smokey Mountains), hiking, 4-wheeler riding, horse riding in the mountains, and deer/goose hunting. She knows she is one big tomboy! Amazing enough she lives in Gering; however, she plans on one day moving back to the country in the middle of nowhere. She has been married to her husband for ten years and they have a son named Trace and a daughter Taelynn. She has two younger sisters who are twins and they both live within a mile radius of her. Then her mom and dad live in Bridgeport with her great grandma lives over the hill! As you can probably tell she is dearly close to her family and love them very much some of the best times she has are when all her family gets together and it is completely chaotic and crazy.

 

 

   
  Paras

Allison Cushing

acushing@esu13.org

 

Allison has been with ESU for 4 years. Before she came to work here she had an in-home daycare and watched 6 kids. She has been married for almost 11 years, and they have 2 children; Quentin who is 15 and a Freshman in High School & Sophia who is a 4th grader at St Agnes School. Her & her husband are sports fanatics and love watching thier kids play. Their son hopes to play baseball or basketball in College someday. Her husband is an Executive Director at Aulick Leasing. They both have lived in Scottsbluff all their lives.

 

Lori Frank

lfrank@esu13.org

Lori has been working for ESU 13 for 8 years in the Meridian Classrooms as a Para. She has 2 children, Brooklyn who is 17 and goes Scottsbluff High School and her son Quentin who is 9 years old and goes to Morrill schools this school year. She has a boxer named Snickers and she is 7 years old.

 

Jennifer Wimmer

jwimmer@esu13.org

Jennifer has worked for ESU 13 for 4 years. She is currently going to school to get her degree in Special Education. She is 1 of 6 children in her family and also she is 1 of 3. She is a triplet. She has a trip brother and a trip sister, along with 2 older sibilings and 1 younger sibling as well.

 

Laura Gool

lgool@esu13.org

 

Laura is on her 3rd school year at ESU13. She is currently a student at Grand Canyon University and is working on a dual major in Elementary Education/Special Education. She will be student teaching next fall and graduating shortly after that as she is excited to start a new adventure. She has been married to Mike for 9 years and they have 2 boys names Levi (12) and Benjamin (3). Her favorite color is green and she collects frog statues.

 

 

Sonja Schopen

smarx@esu13.org

 

Diane Renander

drenander@esu13.org

Diane has worked with and for ESU 13 for 16 years. She has been a bus driver with Bridgeport Public Schools for a little over 34 years. She has been married to Cal for 36 years and has 2 children, Neil 32 and Lisa 27, 2 grandchildren Shawna and Gabriel. She enjoys making quilts and being with her family.

Morgan Nortness

mnortness@esu13.org

Anna Shields

ashields@esu13.org

 

   
  Speech Language Pathologists

Sheryl Kinoshita

 

skinoshita@esu13.org

 

Sheryl is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. She provides speech and language services for Garden Co. and Leyton Schools. She enjoys working on the family farm, reading, walking the dog, and window shopping.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Schaaf

 

sschaaf@esu13.org

 

Jean Wegelin

 

jwegelin@esu13.org

Jessica Grasmick

 

jgrasmick@esu13.org

 

 

Ingrid Einspahr

ieinspahr@esu13.org

Ingrid is a Speech/Language Pathologist who has been serving the schools in Nebraska Panhandle with ESU 14 and 13 for 23 years. She grew up in Fort Collins, CO where she attended Colorado State Univeristy and received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders. She received her Master of Science in Education-Speech/Language Pathology from the Univerisity of Nebraska at Kearney. She lives in Sidney with her husand Jeff and their yellow lab, Indy. She has two grown sons, Eric and Ryan. She enjoys reading, long walks with her dog, Nebraska and Denver Bronco football, and supporting her husband’s high school girls basketball team.

Ashley Halstead

ahalstead@esu13.org

Ashley attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for her undergraduate and graduate programs. She graduated in 2011 with her Masters of Science degree in Speech/Language Pathology, and began working for ESU #13 in August of 2011. Her career has allowed her to share with others her belief that communication is essential and achievable for all individuals

Jodi Enevoldsen

jenevoldsen@esu13.org

Jodi was a teacher in the classroom for 27 years and has joined ESU13 as a Communications Assistant in the Special Services Department. Her teaching certificate is in middle grades English, and she has also spent time as a Director of a local learning center. Instructing students as unique individuals has been an important aspect of her teaching career

 

   
 

OT-PT

Ross VanAmburg

 

rvanamburg@esu13.org

 

Ross graduated from OT school from Colorado State Universaity after working as a letter carrier for 16 years and after attending the University of Utah studying Philosophy. Ross is a staff Occupational Therapist at ESU13 working presently with Kinball, Banner County, and Garden County school districts. He also currently works with the Western Region BIRSST (Brain Injury Regional School System Team) program helping students, school districts, and families understand and manage concussions and other forms of brain injury in the Nebraska Panhandle. Previously, Ross has worked as a regional rehabilitation supervisor for a rehab company in western Nebraska and Wyoming; long term care;hospital inpatient,outpatient, and home health programs; and at the Wyoming State Training School in Lander, Wyoming working with residents with developmental disabilities and brain injury.

Jamie Selzer

 

jselzer@esu13.org

 

Jamie is on her 6th year working as an Occupational Therapist with ESU. She graduated from Creighton University in 2005 with her Doctorate in OT. Her husband, Johnny and her met and lived in Lincoln until the spring of 2009, then moved to Scottsbluff to be close to his family here. She has 2 children, Elliot (8) and Charlie (6), and another son on the way in October. As a family, we enjoy the outdoors and love to take family vacations together. Her personal hobbies include running, reading, traveling, and mostly, just being at home spending time with my family

 

   
 

Transition

Pam Brezenski

 

pbrezenski@esu13.org

 

Pam is a Transition Coordinator for ESU13. Teaching for Lewis and Clark Rural Schools and Minot Public Schools in Minot, ND, Pam has experience working as a 6th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies, 9/10th Special Education Transition Support, K-5 Special Education Strategist, and a k-12 Special Education Strategist serving students diagnosed within all mid disability categories in both rural and urban settings.

   
 

LifeLink

Teresa Halley

 

thalley@esu13.org

 

Teresa has been employed at ESU 13 for 12 years. She taught for three years in the Primary Level Meridian Classroom and then became the first teacher at LifeLink-Nebraska where she continues to teach today. She received her B.S. in Elementary Educ. & Physical Educ. In 1990; K-9 Special Education endorsement from Univ. Of NE/Omaha in 1995 & 7-12 SPED endorsement in 2002; Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Chadron State College in 2012. She has been an educator for twenty-six years. She has taught: Elementary Education; Elementary Physical Education; Adaptive Physical Education; Title I Reading and Math; and Special Education for students ages 5-21 years old (K-2 Multicategorical, 7-12 Resource, and LifeLink-NE). She has two children Devaney-16 (Junior at Scottsbluff High School) and Traceten-19 (Freshman at Wayne State College) are VERY active in sports and she enjoys traveling, with her husband Mike, to their many games and watching them compete. They are also dorm parents for WNCC softball and baseball student athletes and getting to know these young adults and having them become part of our family is very rewarding. She also enjoys doing landscaping, quilting, beadwork, spending time at her family’s ranch, and serving on the board of directors for Camp Scott, and Twin City Baseball.

Bill Moore

 

bmoore@esu13.org

 

Bill is on his seventh year working as a special education teacher at LifeLink-NE. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kansas State University, a Masters in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Univeristy of Northern Colorado, and a Bachelor’s degree in Education, with an endorsement in SPED Mild/Moderate K-12 from Chadron State College. He has been married to his high school sweetheart Stacy for 27 years. They have one daughter Elizabeth, and now they also have a granddaughter! Elizabeth gave birth to Norah Aviv on July 3rd. Everything I have ever heard about being a grandparent is true! It is awesome! Some of my other activities are playing the guitar and leading worship at his church, watching Husker football games and traveling.

Tara Ewing

 

tewing@esu13.org

 

Tara is a Job Coach with Lifelink-NE. She helps students find, learn and perform their work duties. Tara enjoys her job as she gets to help the students learn new skills that will help them succeed in their work place, learn new skills for herself, and work with a wonderful group of students and staff! She has worked for LifeLink-NE since February 2016. Prior to that she worked at Mitchell Public schools for over 5 years, where she worked with students of all ages from preschool through high school. She had many rolls to her name, during that time, such as SPED Para, basic sign language interpreter and a job coach. She also assisted in large group settings and ran small scripted groups, she also helped in an after school homework club and was involved in running the breakfast program for the Mitchell Jr./Sr. High building. Before Tara went to Mitchell she spent a year at Westmoor Elementary in the K-1 multi-categorical classroom. She started working in daycare 18 years ago and still enjoys that as a second job. She currently lived in Mitchell with her two children, Kelsey (18) who is a junior at the Jr./Sr. High building and Jacob (13) who is a 7th grader at the Jr.Sr. High building both in Mitchell. She loved spending her free time doing crafts and being surrounded by her family and friends!!!

 

 

Kelli Garcia

 

kgarcia@esu13.org

 

Kelli was born in Sidney, NE on March 20th. She moved around a lot, as her parents divorced when she was 2. She has lived in Oregon, CO, New Mexico, and Florida. She has been back in NE for 17 years. She left home at the age of 16, worked hard to support herself until she was married in 1989 at the age of 20. She was married for 13 years and has 3 amazing children, 2 girls and one boy, who she loves with all her heart. Judith age 25 also has given me 2 grandboys, Malakai age 5 ½, Messiah age 3. Judith is pursusing her nursing degree. Nathaniel age 22 who has worked at the sugar factory for 4 years and is a great father. His son, my grandson Zayden is 2 ½. Lily my youngest is 17 and a Senior at Gering. Her goal is to pursue college and become a math teacher. Attending Kearney is her desire at the moment. She is a great student and person and is involved with the Upward Bound program at WNCC. She had the opportunity this summer to travel to Washington DC (her first flight since she was 1 month old) and see amazing sites. Kelli became a first time home owner in 2010. She loves her house and neighborhood. She has been involved in special education in several areas from driving school bus, to a Para in the classroom and now a Job Coach for 9 years at Lifelink. Overall, more then 17 years. She loves her job and is grateful to servce in the capacity she does. She loves music, being outdoors and loves her two dogs Lil Girl and Chewy. One day when and if she retires, haha, she hopes to travel in an RV and see the world.

Glenda Heinrich

 

gheinrich@esu13.org

 

 

Autism

 Ashley Meyer

 

ameyer@esu13.org

 

Ashley is the Western Region Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Network Coordinator. The Nebraska Department of Education developed the network to provide training and technical assistance to local school districts, educational service units, and parents/family members of individuals ages 0-21 with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ashley is available to provide training and assistance to local school districts in the areas of assessment and verification, IFSP/IEP goals, program planning and implementation, as well as evidence-based behavioral and instructional strategies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deaf Educators

Heather Esterdahl

 

hesterdahl@esu13.org

 

Heather earned a BS in Elementary Education from Chadron State College in 1999. After graduation, she moved to Kansas City, Kansas where she taught for two years in Kansas City Kansas Public Schools. She completed her Masters in Deaf Education at the University of Northern Colorado in May of 2005. Until joining the DHH department at ESU#13 in August of 2014, Heather was employed in Jefferson County Public Schools in Lakewood, Colorado as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In Jeffco, Heather taught in the deaf/hard of hearing center based programs as well as an itinerant.  Heather is based out of the Central Office in Scottsbluff and will serve primarily Scotts Bluff County.

Sara Peterson

 

speterson@esu13.org

 

Sara earned a BA in Elementary and Deaf Education from Augustana College in 2001. She completed her Masters in Deaf Education from Idaho State University in 2004. She has been employed with ESU #13 since 2003.  Sara is based out of the Central Office in Scottsbluff and primarily serves students in Scotts Bluff, Morrill, Southern Sioux, and Banner Counties. Sara is currently assistant coordinator for Central Western Nebraska Partnership (CWNP) Regional Program for Children/Youth who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  She organizes activities in the Nebraska Panhandle and across the state to gather students with hearing loss together for educational activities and fellowship throughout the school year.

Rachel Tidemann

 

rtidemann@esu13.org

 

Rachel  has served as itinerant Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TODHH) with ESU #13 based out of the Sidney office since the summer of 2006 after completing the Special Education Master of Arts Degree in Deaf Education through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Prior to joining the specialists at ESU #13, she taught a combined classroom of 4th-5th-6th graders at Lorenzo School District 33C in rural Nebraska for seven years. In the spring of 2016 she earned her graduate certificate in Dyslexia and Language-Based Learning Disabilities through Southern New Hampshire Univeristy. In the summer of 2016, she became a certified Dangerous Decibels Educator in the international program for the prevention of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). She especially enjoys having the opportunity to work with children and youth of all ages and to provide educational programming support to their families and teachers. Her hobbies include singing, playing guitar, and working in her flower gardens. She loves spending time with her family.

 

 

 

Vision

Jassy Berreth

 

jberreth@esu13.org

 

 

 

Early Childhood

Maria Gillham - Sidney

mgillham@esu13.org

 

Brittain Trave - Scottsbluff

 

btrave@esu13.org

Pam Uhl - Sidney

 

puhl@esu13.org

Nickey Bolek - Scottsbluff

nbolek@esu13.org

Nickey is the new EDN coordinator for Minatare, Gering, Banner, Mitchell and Morrill. Prior to working for ESU 13 she worked as a Multi-categorical Para for Scottsbluff schools, at Westmoor Elementary working with 2nd and 3rd graders. She also currently owns and operates a photography studio named Sweet Rebel Photography in Gering and has been doing photography for 12 years. Nickey will also be attending classes through CSC in January to continue her education for her K-12 teaching degree with a SPED endorsement. She is excited to be working with ESU13 and learning new things to help her both with her new position and continuing education.

Megan Myers - Sidney

mmyers@esu13.org