UNL Extension Early Childhood Development Educators and Specialists

Lynn DeVries

Lynn DeVries

Lynn is an Extension Educator on The Learning Child Team, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,  Nebraska Extension serving South Central Nebraska. Lynn has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska–Kearney in Vocational Family and Consumer Science Education, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University Nebraska. Lynn works with families, child care providers, and schools to promote developmentally appropriate practices and enhance parent involvement throughout the child’s education. Lynn has a passion for mindful self-care and improving expanding early childhood nutrition and physical activity. Lynn has 11 years of experience teaching Family and Consumer Science in the public schools, and ten years of experience coordinating programming and curriculum with the Head Start programs.

Education/certifications:
  • M.S. Education, Curriculum and Instruction Concordia University
  • B.A. Education, Vocational Home Economics University of Nebraska–Kearney
  • Step Up to Quality Coach
  • Management Training for Childcare Directors
  • Emergency Preparedness training
  • Certificate in Mental Health First Aid
Specialty:

Mindful self-care; Early childhood nutrition and physical activity; Parent education; Family Engagement

Programs/services offered:

Go NAP SACC; Co-parenting for Successful Kids; Circle of Security; CHIME; Block Party; Learn, Grow, Eat, and Go; Early Care and Education Management Training (childcare directors); Safe with You; EAT Family Style Dining

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Jaclynn Foged

Jaclynn Foged

Jaci is an Extension Educator on The Learning Child Team, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Extension serving Cass, Lancaster, and Otoe Counties. Jaci holds a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane University in Crete, Nebraska. Jaci provides training to childcare providers and families in the Southeast area of Nebraska. Since the fall of 2000, Jaci has been working with children birth to 8 years of age, including eight years of center-based childcare director experience.

Education/certifications:
  • M.A.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction Doane University
  • B.S. Early Childhood Education/Child Development University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • American Red Cross CPR/First Aid Instructor
  • American Red Cross Babysitting Instructor
Specialty:

Mindful self-care; Early childhood nutrition and physical activity; Childcare management training; Emergency Preparedness for Childcare

Programs/services offered:

Go NAP SACC; CHIME; Block Party; Look Who's Hatching; Junior Master Gardener; The Pyramid Model; Growing Together Garden Project; Real Colors; Learn, Grow, Eat, and Go; Early Care and Education Management Training (childcare directors); Safe with You; Supervision of Children; Brain Development; Documentation of Children; Emergency Preparedness for Childcare

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Jackie Guzman

Jackie Guzman

Jackie is an Extension Educator on The Learning Child Team, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Extension serving the southern Panhandle of Nebraska. Jackie was previously an elementary school teacher and an English Language Learner educator in Scottsbluff Public Schools.

Education/certifications:
  • M.A. Literacy: Reading and Writing University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • B.S. Elementary Education University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Specialty:

Culturally responsive early childhood practices, school-age workshops, and professional development for childcare providers, and families

Programs/services offered:

Circle of Security; CHIME; Block Party; Poverty Simulation Workshop; The Pyramid Model; Real Colors; Early Learning Guidelines

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Erin Kampbell

Erin Kampbell

Erin Kampbell is an Extension Educator on Nebraska Extension’s The Learning Child team, part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is located in Dawes County, serving Sioux, Dawes, Box Butte, Sheridan, Cherry, Grant, Hooker, Thomas, and Blaine counties. Erin helps teach and support those who interact with children birth to age eight. Before joining the Learning Child team, Erin was a Nutrition Education Program Assistant in Scotts Bluff County and brings a dedication to cultivating healthy habits in children to her current work.

Education/certifications:
  • M.S. Child, Youth, and Family Studies (International Family Studies) University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • B.A. English Literature University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Specialty:
Early childhood nutrition and physical activity, wellness, and Co-parenting for Successful Kids

Go NAP SACC; EAT Family Style Dining; CHIME; Clover Kids; Look Who’s Hatching

Programs/services offered:

Co-parenting for Successful Kids, Clover Kids, Intergenerational Programming in ECE and community settings; Look Who's Hatching; Infant CLASS observation

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Kara Kohel

Kara Kohel

Kara is an Extension Educator on The Learning Child Team, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Extension serving Butler, Hamilton, Merrick, Polk, Seward, and York counties. Kara has a Bachelor's degree in Family Science with a certificate in Gerontology, and a Master's degree in Child, Youth and Family Studies, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kara has worked with individuals and families of all ages in a variety of settings and has a passion for supporting and encouraging intergenerational relationships and interactions in family, early childhood, and community settings.

Education/certifications:
  • M.S. Child, Youth and Family StudiesUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • B.S. Education and Human Sciences, Family ScienceUniversity of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Certificate in Gerontology
Specialty:

Intergenerational Programming in ECE and community settings; Grandfamilies - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Programs/services offered:

Co-parenting for Successful Kids, Clover Kids, Intergenerational Programming in ECE and community settings; Look Who's Hatching; Infant CLASS observation

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Katie Krause

Katie Krause

Katie Krause is an Extension Educator on The Learning Child Team, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Extension, serving Douglas and Sarpy counties. Katie has extensive experience in a variety of early childhood settings, including as a teacher, intervention specialist, director, trainer, and coach. The majority of Katie's work is focused on professional development and coaching for early childhood educators, but she also does some work directly with children and families. While there is a wide variety of topics that Katie teaches, she has been specializing in her work in the areas of quality programming and nature-based learning.

Education/certifications:
  • Ph.D. (in the process) Human Sciences (Early Childhood) UNL
  • M.A. Early Childhood Education The Ohio State University
  • B. S. Human Development and Family Science (Early Childhood Development and Early Intervention) The Ohio State University
Specialty:

Developing quality, early learning programs, and nature-based learning.

Programs/services offered:

Clover Kids; Circle of Security; CHIME; Block Party; Look Who's Hatching; The Pyramid Model; Growing Together Garden Project; Real Colors; Learn, Grow, Eat, and Go; Early Learning Guidelines; Read for Joy; CLASS; Environment Rating Scales; Nature-based learning; natural learning environments; Preventing Obesity by Design; Challenging Behaviors; STEM in Early Childhood; Child-centered practice; Cure for Cabin Fever: Indoor and Outdoor activities for children.

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Lisa Poppe

Lisa Poppe

Lisa is an Extension Educator on The Learning Child Team, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Extension serving Burt, Cuming, Dodge, Washington, and Saunders counties. Lisa has a Bachelor's Degree from UNL in Early Childhood Education and a Master's Degree from UNL in Family & Consumer Science. She focuses on child development and the family. Her favorite topic to teach is the social and emotional well-being of children.

Education/certifications:
  • M.S. Family and Consumer Sciences University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • B.S. Home Economics (Family and Consumer Science/Early Childhood Development) University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Rooted in Relationships coach
  • Early Learning Guidelines trainer
Specialty:

the social and emotional well-being of children

Programs/services offered:

Clover Kids; Go NAP SACC; Co-parenting for Successful Kids; CHIME; Block Party; Fit and Healthy Kids; Building Bridges; Junior Master Gardener; The Pyramid Model; Learn, Grow, Eat, and Go; Early Learning Guidelines; EAT Family Style Dining; Baby STEM; Fun with Numbers; Maker Space

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Linda Reddish

Linda Reddish

Linda is a Statewide Extension Educator on The Learning Child Team, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Extension. Linda is responsible for the overall leadership and implementation of Nebraska Extension's Co-Parenting for Successful Kids program. She is a bilingual Child Development Associate (CDA) PDS specialist for the Council for Professional Recognition in the state of Nebraska. Linda also guides The Learning Child's online professional development series, which covers a range of early childhood topics.

Education/certifications:
  • M.Ed. Early Childhood Education at Concordia University
  • B.A. Early Childhood Education Kendall College
  • Infant-Toddler Specialist
Specialty:

Co-parenting, divorce education, infant-toddler development, and administering and leading child care programs

Programs/services offered:

Co-parenting for Successful Kids; Real Colors; CHIME, CLASS, EAT Family Style Dining

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Sarah Paulos

Sarah Roberts

Sarah Roberts is an Extension Educator on The Learning Child Team, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Extension serving Dixon, Dakota, Wayne, Cedar, and Thurston counties. In her fourth year of Extension, Sarah is in The Learning Child programming area, which helps teach and support those in contact with children from birth to age eight. Sarah graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.A. in Music Administration and has an M.Ed in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Auburn University Montgomery. She focuses mainly on informal education and has worked at the Montgomery Zoo in Montgomery, Alabama, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, and, most recently, Ponca State Park. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. Sarah loves teaching kids and adults about science, nature, and the environment and is excited to share this passion with her community.

Education/certifications:
  • M.Ed Early Childhood/Elementary Education at Auburn University Montgomery
  • B.A. Music Administration/General Business University of Alabama
Specialty:

STEM; Nature/environmental education

Programs/services offered:

4-H School Enrichment Programming; Clover Kids; Go NAP SACC; Block Party; Scratch Jr.; Growing Up Wild; Early Learning Guidelines

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Jackie Steffen

Jackie Steffen

Jackie is an Extension Educator on the Learning Child Team, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Extension serving Cedar, Knox, Antelope, Boone, and Nance Counties. Jackie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Mount Marty College and a Master’s degree from the University of South Dakota as a Reading Specialist. Jackie has 7 years of experience as an elementary school teacher and 9 years of experience as a Nebraska Extension 4-H/Youth Development Educator. Jackie provides training to early childhood professionals, families, and children focusing on literacy development and fostering a lifelong love of reading.

Education/certifications:
  • M.A. Education, Reading Specialist at University of South Dakota
  • B.A. Elementary Education Mount Marty College
  • State of Nebraska and South Dakota Teacher License
Specialty:

Literacy Development; STEM; Summer Reading

Programs/services offered:

4-H School Enrichment Programming, Clover Kids, CHIME, 4-H STEM Reading Connections, Read for the Record

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LaDonna Werth

LaDonna Werth

LaDonna is an Extension Educator on The Learning Child Team, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Extension serving North Central counties. She has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Nebraska–Kearney in Vocational Family and Consumer Science Education and a Master's Degree from the University of Nebraska–Kearney in Education. She holds an active Nebraska teaching certificate. LaDonna focuses on early childhood development and works with schools, teachers, early care and education providers, and families in rural areas of Nebraska. LaDonna has over ten years of experience in developing online classes for early childhood professionals. Her team is known for the Fit and Healthy Kids series for early childhood professionals. Creative in technology and being future-oriented, LaDonna brings research-based information to life in her work. LaDonna loves living the rural life with her family in O’Neill and spending quality time in the warm summer sun on the Missouri River.

Education/certifications:
  • M.A. Education University of Nebraska–Kearney
  • B.S. Vocational Family and Consumer Science Education University of Nebraska–Kearney
  • Nebraska Teaching certificate
Specialty:

online classes for early childhood professionals; Fit and Healthy Kids series for early childhood professionals; Creative in technology

Programs/services offered:

4-H School Enrichment Programming; Clover Kids; CHIME; Block Party; Fit and Healthy Kids; Building Bridges; The Pyramid Model; EAT Family Style Dining; Learn, Grow, Eat, and Go; Safe with You; Baby STEM; Fun with Numbers; Maker Space; Your Intensions As an Early Childhood Educators

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Tasha Wulf

Tasha Wulf

Tasha Wulf is an Extension Educator on The Learning Child Team, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Extension serving Southwest Nebraska. As a member of The Learning Child Team, Tasha teaches and supports families and childcare providers who care for and educate children from birth to age eight. Tasha has more than 20 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field. The majority of these years were spent working with families and children at risk. She specializes in Infant and Toddler care and development.

Education/certifications:
  • M.A.Ed. Early Childhood Education at Concordia University
  • B.S. Human Resources and Family Science University of Nebraska–Omaha
  • Infant Specialist Certificate Erikson Institute
  • State of Nebraska Teacher License
  • The Growing Braining trainer Zero to Three
Specialty:

Infants and toddlers

Programs/services offered:

Go NAP SACC; CHIME; Block Party; Look Who's Hatching; Scratch Jr.; The Pyramid Model; Learn, Grow, Eat, and Go; Early Learning Guidelines; CLASS; EAT Family Style Dining; Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT)

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