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 promoting early childhood nutrition and physical activity. Lynn has 11 years of experience teaching Family and Consumer Science in the public schools, and 10 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 8 years of center-based childcare director experience.

Education/certifications:
  • M.A.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction Doane University
  • B.S. Early Childhood Education/Child Development UNL
  • American Red Cross CPR/First Aid Instructor
  • American Red Cross Babysitting Instructor
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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Carrie Gottschalk

Carrie Gottschalk

Carrie is an Extension Educator on The Learning Child Team, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Extension serving Butler, Hamilton, Merrick, Polk, Seward, York. Carrie has spent 25 years in the fields of education and mental and behavioral health working with children, adolescents, and families. She has specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and Teacher-Child Interaction Training. She is a trainer, coach, and consultant for PBIS, Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator, certified compassion fatigue professional, and certified trainer and consultant in Reflective Practice. In her current role as an Educator with Nebraska Extension, Carrie is dedicated to providing research-informed practices to parents, providers, and professionals working with young children. Her focus includes strengthening the social-emotional development of children through fostering secure adult-child relationships.

Education/certifications:
  • M.S. Human Sciences Bellevue University
  • B.S. Education University of Nebraska–Omaha
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP)
  • Professional Counselor (PC)
Specialty:

Social-emotional development; early childhood mental health

Programs/services offered:

Co-parenting for Successful Kids; Circle of Security; CHIME; Block Party; Fit and Healthy Kids; Building Bridges; The Pyramid Model; Real Colors; Teacher-Child Interaction Training; Reflective Practice; Compassion Fatigue

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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
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP)
  • Professional Counselor (PC)
Specialty:

training 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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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 experiences 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 are a wide variety of topics that Katie teaches, she has been specializing 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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Leanne Manning

Leanne Manning

Leanne is an Extension Educator on The Learning Child Team, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Extension serving Southern East Nebraska. Leanne grew up on the farm near Fairmont, NE and was very involved in 4-H until she graduated from high school. That involvement is what set her career path to becoming an Extension Educator. Upon graduation from high school, she attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Education and Family Resources. She then moved to Manhattan, Kansas and got her master’s degree in Family Life Education and Consultation from Kansas State University.

Her first job working for Extension was with Kansas State University Extension in Gray County Kansas at Cimarron, KS. She worked as the Family and Consumer Science agent there for two years. In 1988, she moved to her current position as University of Nebraska Extension Educator in Saline County in Wilber. Her focus area is in early childhood. She works with The Learning Child Team to offer many programs for early childhood care providers and parents. She also assists with the 4-H program family and consumer science-related projects in her county.

Leanne is the Saline County Youth Diversion Program Director. She is also the leader of a non-traditional 4-H club the Crete Youth in Governance Team which mainly conducts community service for the community of Crete. Utilizing teens to teach is a passion of Leanne’s as she relies heavily upon their assistance to offer a variety of after school programs in their county.

Leanne is married to Mark, who is a CPA and has his business offices in Crete and Geneva. They have one daughter, Emily, who will begin teaching FCS classes at Fairbury HS in the fall of 2019.

Education/certifications:
  • M.S. Family Life Education and Consultation Kansas State University
  • B.S. Education and Family Resources UNL
Specialty:

school-age (out of school) programs; teen teachers

Programs/services offered:

4-H School Enrichment Programming; Clover Kids; Go NAP SACC; Circle of Security; Look Who's Hatching; Scratch Jr.; Junior Master Gardener; Growing Up Wild; Learn, Grow, Eat, and Go; Read for Joy; CHIME; I Am Moving I Am Learning; Block Party

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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 provides guidance for The Learning Child's online professional development series which covers a range of early childhood topics.

Education/certifications:
  • M.Ed. Early Childhood Education 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 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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Lee Sherry

Lee Sherry

Lee is an Extension Educator on The Learning Child Team, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Extension serving Colfax, Madison, Platte, and Stanton counties. For over 15 years, Lee has served in 4-H Youth Development and since 2016 she has been a part of the Learning Child team. Lee previously served as a Unit Leader for Family and Consumer Science and 4-H Youth Development and was also an administrator for the after school programs of two elementary schools. Lee also developed out of school programs with Tooele Parks and Recreation for year-round school. Lee also served the United State Army 5th Corps in Frankfurt, Germany where she supervised school-age Child Care Programs for 9 Military Communities, serving 250,000 military, family, and civilian personnel. Lee also has experience serving on a grief management team for Desert Storm, where the group established 24-hour care to meet military requirements.

Education/certifications:
  • M.S. Human Development and the Family University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • B.S. Physical Education, Health and Recreation University of South Dakota
  • Vocational Home Economics Endorsement Wayne State College
  • 6 hours of Spanish Universitate de Valencia, Spain
  • American Heart Association Cardiac Pulmonary Recitation Certification
  • Certified Housing and Urban Development Finance and Housing Counselor
Specialty:

Kindergarten and school-aged programming

Programs/services offered:

4-H School Enrichment Programming; Clover Kids; Co-parenting for Successful Kids; CHIME; Scratch Jr.; Learn, Grow, Eat, and Go

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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 childhood providers, and families in rural areas of Nebraska. LaDonna has over 10 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 The Learning Child Team, Tasha teaches and supports families and childcare providers who care for and teach 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 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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