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Welcome to the Mentoring Program at ESU 13!

If you are reading this, you are probably in your first year here as an ESU 13 employee. We want to welcome you to the ESU 13 Team and the Mentoring Program!

The Mentoring Program was developed to assist new employees in better understanding of ESU 13 culture, history, and expectations. A group of veteran ESU 13 employees have collaborated to help bring a positive culture and smooth transition to new ESU 13 staff members. 

We are here for you! Throughout your first year here, ESU 13 Mentors will reach out to you periodically to check in and help answer any questions. Please feel free to reach out to any of the mentors with questions or concerns you might have. 


Meet the Mentors

Diane Reinhardt

Transition Consultant

Special Education Department - Scottsbluff Avenue I Office


(308) 635-3696 x2012

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way and an ESU 13 mentor! I’m here to help.  Welcome to ESU 13"

Stephanie Ryan

Special Education Administrative Assistant

Special Education Department - Scottsbluff Avenue I Office


(308) 635-3696 x2046

“I am looking forward to helping ESU 13 mentees learn more about the organization!”

Mary Brumage

Communications Specialist

Administrative Department - Sidney Office


(308) 254-4677 x2086

“ I am here to help make you a success at ESU 13! I am happy to share my knowledge of communications and what I know of ESU 13. I am still fairly new here and may not know all the answers, but I will help you find someone who does.”

Nicole Sarnirand

Ecological In-Home Family Treatment (EIHFT) Supervisor 

Psychological and Behavioral Health Department - Itinerant  


(308) 635-3696 x2039

“I will best support the mentees this year by always being an available, friendly face and calling, emailing, or texting them whenever they need anything!”

Tonya Thomas

Head Start Coach

Early Childhood Department - UNL


(308) 633-3712 x2136

“I am looking forward to supporting the ESU 13 mentees by answering questions they may have throughout the year and to build new work partnerships.”

Kristin Kasten

Professional Learning Coordinator

Professional Learning Department - Sidney Office


(308) 249-6783 x2098

“I am looking forward to supporting ESU 13 mentees to help them adjust to their new position and make them feel welcome in this wonderful organization.”

Jane Dye 

Title 1C Education Mentor 

Title 1C Education Department - Sutherland 


(308) 672-6880

“My hope for new mentees is for them to feel welcomed and embraced like I did when I started a little over a year ago and a place where they know they have mentors they can reach out to for the big and little things that come up!”

Ross Van Amburg

Occupational Therapist

Special Education Department - Scottsbluff Avenue I Office


(308) 631-5896

“I am happy you chose to work at ESU 13. If you have any concerns, please feel free to email or text me.”

John Einfalt

VALTS Social Science Instructor 

Alternative Education Department - Harms Center


(308) 635-0206 x2064

“I am looking forward to supporting the ESU 13 mentees by providing timely answers to any questions.”

Craig Hicks

Technology Integration Specialist

Technology Department - Scottsbluff Avenue I Office


(308) 635-3696 x2008

“Being a member of the tech team, I hope I will be able to help new ESU 13 employees have a smooth start using technology in their job.”