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High Ability Learner Endorsement

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 

Kate Hough

Adjunct Faculty and HAL facilitator in Elkhorn Public Schools

BS and MS, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln

HAL Endorsement, The University of Nebraska-Kearney

Kate Hough began her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist earning both her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kate then went on to earn a HAL endorsement from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Currently, Kate has completed half of the Educational Administration Doctorate Program from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 

As an Adjunct Faculty Member at Midland University, Kate has helped to develop and teach the following HAL endorsement courses at Midland since May of 2019:

  • Psychology of the Gifted (HAL 510) 
  • Administration of Gifted Programming (HAL 530) 
  • HAL Practicum/Seminar (HAL 599)

Kate also works as a HAL facilitator for Elkhorn Public Schools and teaches the Loyola Scholars Program at Creighton Prep. This is Kate’s 20th year teaching and 10th year as a HAL facilitator.

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