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The Walker School of Education works hard to provide programs that benefit learning outcomes and the students within our program.  With the help of our faculty, students can not only benefit themselves, but they can also become leaders within their schools.

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 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.

Jamie Folkers

Administrative Coordinator and Certification Officer

Jamie Folkers has been the Administrative Coordinator for the Walker School of Education since 2016.  She has been the Certification Officer for Midland since 2019. She is a former elementary education teacher and youth director for her local church. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA and MA in Education. Jamie works with the dean of the Walker School of Education and all faculty to help coordinate all the behind the scenes work necessary to run the undergrad and graduate level programs offered at Midland. She also works with the Nebraska Department of Education on all things related to teacher certification. Her favorite part of working at Midland is seeing the dedication the faculty has in providing great experiences for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Kayti Pfaffle

Adjunct ELL Instructor

BA, California Baptist University

MA, Morningside College

With 17 years of experience in education, including teaching all Spanish levels (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.

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