Featured Alumni

Dr. Chad Dumas Bachelor of Music Education and Educational Doctorate, 1999, 2010

Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Hastings Public Schools
During Dr. Dumas' tenure at HPS, while focusing on collaboratively building the capacity of staff, student achievement has gone from well below to above the state average. His career started as a vocal music director at a Lincoln, Nebraska middle school, and then he served as a professional developer at ESU 10 in Kearney, Nebraska, followed by being the high school principal at Gibbon, Nebraska. In 2011, his dissertation was honored by Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council) as Best Research 2011.

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Dr. Chad Dumas

Randy Ernst Ed.D., Educational Studies, 2014

K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Specialist, Lincoln Public Schools
My primary job is overseeing the creation, adoption, dissemination, evaluation and the professional development that supports all the social studies curriculum for the 40,000 students and 1200 social studies teachers in the Lincoln Public Schools. I'm also a textbook author (Thinking About Psychology, 3rd Ed.) and regularly conduct workshops on resilience and using character strengths.

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Randy Ernst

Sheri N. Everts Ph.D., Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, 1994; MS, Literacy Education and English, 1991; BS, Secondary English, 1980

Chancellor, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

Dr. Sheri N. Everts joined Appalachian State University as its seventh leader in July 2014. Previously, she had been provost and vice president for academic affairs at Illinois State University since 2008. A Nebraska native who attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse, Everts taught middle school and high school English in Kansas and Nebraska before returning to UNL to complete a master's and doctorate.

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Sheri N. Everts
Sheri N. Everts

Jami Holbein Swanson Ed.D., Professional Development, 2015

Professional Development Specialist, World Language Curriculum Specialist, Lincoln Public Schools
Improvement of instruction and life-long learning is my mantra. World language teachers and new hires to our district are the two groups of teachers for whom I provide professional development opportunities. When I miss working directly with students I remind myself of the importance of the work I do with teachers. I do not work with students--I work for students.

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Jami Holbein Swanson

Bridget Hoxmeier B.S., Elementary Education/Special Education - Mild/Moderate Disabilities (K-6), 2013

3rd Grade Teacher, Southern Valley Schools, Oxford, NE

I wanted to inform you that I accepted a 3rd grade teaching position at Southern Valley Elementary School for next year! Southern Valley is a consolidated school near Orleans, NE where I now live. When I spoke with the superintendent and principal the day they offered me the job, they said that they had over 25 applicants for two elementary position openings at the school. They had a wide variety of people apply from several people who just graduated college, a few who have been teaching for a couple years already, and some who had been teaching for 10+ years.

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Bridget Hoxmeier
Bridget Hoxmeier

Rachel Mann B.S., Elementary Education and Teaching, 2011

teacher, Brilla College Prep Public Charter School, New York City
Before moving to the east coast, Mann taught English as a foreign language for a year in Florence, Italy. After living in Europe, her love for food and traveling has grown tremendously. She’s thrilled to be a part of the Brilla team.

In the fall of 2013, Brilla College Prep proudly opened its doors and welcomed our inaugural class of 203 students in kindergarten and first grade. The school will grow one grade per year until we reach K-8. During the 2014-15 school year, Brilla will offer Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade. The school is located in the Bronx community of Mott Haven.

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Rachel Mann portrait photo
Rachel Mann

Amy Nebesniak Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, Doctorate 2012

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

I am an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics and Statistics department where I participate in a variety of teaching, research, and service opportunities. My teaching and research focus is on mathematics education and the preparation of future educators.

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Amy Nebesniak
Amy Nebesniak

Sabrina Quadros Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education; Minor: QQPM, 2013

Assistant Manager for NORAD, ADRA (NGO—Adventist Development Relief Agency)

As an assistant manager, I am involved in tasks such as writing reports, planning teachers’ training sections, dealing with budget for the project, and participating in regional and national meetings with other organizations to discuss about education policies and curriculum reform in Myanmar.

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Sabrina Quadros
Sabrina Quadros

Cassie Seiboldt BS, Secondary Education, 2014

Math teacher, Lincoln Northeast High School, Lincoln Public Schools

I am currently a mathematics teacher for Lincoln Public Schools teaching several math courses at Lincoln Northeast High School. I am also a recipient of the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to pre-service and first year math and science teachers to gain support through their first five years of teaching. The fellowship focuses on developing content knowledge, exemplary teaching practices and qualities of a teacher leader.  

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Cassie Seiboldt

Kim Snyder Ed.D., Formative Assessment and Teacher Professional Learning, 2015

Nebraska NAEP Coordinator, Nebraska Department of Education

I received my master's from UNL in 2007 and, for 6 ½ years, was a reading teacher and the reading facilitator at Lincoln Northeast High School.  It was my reading students at LNE who helped me understand what it meant to truly teach--to treat each student as an individual and to focus on strengths, not weaknesses. During my tenure at LNE, I also provided teaching strategy training sessions for Lincoln Public School staff members, as well as for Nebraska's Out-of-Home Placement educators, who work with students in jails, group homes, and alternative schools across the state.

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Kim Snyder

Todd Tystad B.S., Elementary Education and Teaching; M.A. Education, 1987, 2009

Teacher, Lincoln Public Schools
Todd R. Tystad, M.A., has served as an educator in public and independent school programs in Lincoln, Nebraska and Los Angeles, California. He has earned degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and holds several teaching endorsements. Tystad has written professional books for educators and fiction books for a wide audience of readers.

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Todd Tystad
Todd Tystad