Amelia Schuessler is a Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in providing services to children and their families from birth through preschool. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Education and Human Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Master’s of Science in Education in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Amelia has worked in communities throughout the state of Nebraska including Lewiston, Sterling, Lincoln, Gering, and now Sidney. Amelia enjoys working with young children and their families and watching them make progress.
Jennifer Witte is a Speech/Language Pathologist working with students in pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education in Communication Disorders and a Master of Science in Education in Speech/Language Pathology both from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Jenn has deep roots in Sidney, as she was raised here. She has worked for Sidney Public Schools since 2001. She loves working with young children and helping set the foundation for lifelong learning.
Angel Flohrs is a Special Education Teacher at Central, South, and North Elementary Schools. She received her Master’s in Special Education and Autism Spectrum Disorders from Grand Canyon University in 2015 & 2017. Angel has worked for Sidney public Schools for 6 years. Angel enjoys working with and supporting students at all grade levels, and watching them learn and grow as unique individuals.
Tessa Moody is a special education teacher at South Elementary. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education K-12 and endorsement in Special Education K-12 from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Special Education in Behavior Interventionist Advanced Practitioner at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Tessa has worked at Sidney Public Schools since the spring of 2016. Tessa loves working with all of the students and is very passionate about teaching.
Joan Huus is a Communicative Assistant serving the speech and language needs of 1st and 2nd grade students at South Elementary. Joan received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Pathology at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. She has 35 years of experience (29 years in Sidney) working in the field of Speech Pathology serving children from Birth-High School.
Becky Haddix is a special education teacher at North Elementary. After receiving her degree at Kearney State College in 1976, she began her teaching career with the Sidney Public Schools. She finds it fulfilling to assist students in reaching their potential.
Cindy Payne is a fifth and sixth grade special education teacher at West Elementary. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in special education from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1976. She worked for Educational Service Unit 14 in Sidney as an itinerant resource teacher for eleven years. In 1987, she was hired by Sidney Public Schools. In 2011, she received her Master of Arts in Education degree in literacy as a reading specialist. She has always loved learning and teaching and helping students to learn and grow as individuals. She has also loved working as a team member with the wonderful staff at Sidney Public Schools.
Nicky Radcliffe is a Speech/Language Pathologist working with students in third grade through high school. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education in Communication Disorders and a Master of Science in Education in Speech/Language Pathology both from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Nicky was born and raised in Sidney, and has worked for Sidney Public Schools since 1997. She works with a variety of age groups and gets satisfaction from seeing the progress that the kids make as they move through their academic careers at Sidney Public Schools.
Rebekah Dickman is a Special Education teacher working with students Kindergarten through 6th grade. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education in 2002 from Spring Arbor University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Western Governors University. Rebekah has taught at Sidney Public Schools for 5 years. She enjoys working with students and seeing them grow and succeed.
Carrie Nesbitt is the Special Education Teacher at the Sidney Middle School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, K-8, and Endorsement in Special Education, K-12, from Chadron State College in Chadron, NE. Carrie is currently working on her Master of Education degree in School Guidance Counseling via Chadron State College. She has worked in the Sidney Public School systems as a K-1 classroom teacher, 2nd Grade teacher and Middle School Special Education Teacher since 2002. Carrie has found a love for students at all grade levels, ability levels and backgrounds.
Micahla Beyer is a special education teacher and Autism Specialist at Sidney Middle and High School. She graduated from Sidney High School with the class of 2008 and worked in the district as a paraeducator and substitute teacher before pursuing a teaching certificate. Micahla has a bachelor's degree in Special Education K-12 from Western Governors University, a master’s degree in Special Education as an Autism Specialist from Saint Joseph’s University, and a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Colorado-Denver. She enjoys helping students understand the importance of social-emotional health, and watching them become confident, independent young adults.
Erin Dunn is a high school resource teacher. Although this is her first year in Sidney, this is her fifth year in education overall as she taught Middle School Special Education in Alliance Ne, prior to coming to Sidney. Erin received her teaching degree from Chadron State College in 2014 andis currently working towards her masters degree from Chadron as well in Special Education. Teaching and being a student does keep her busy, but in her spare time, she enjoys traveling and staying active. Although she did not grow up in Sidney, Erin does have ties to the community and is excited to make Sidney home. She is looking forward to working with the students in the Sidney School District.
Jack Thorpe is a Life Skills Teacher at Sidney High School. He received his special education degree from Kearney State College in 1976. He has taught at all levels in his 42 year career. He prefers life skills because of the real-life situations he can provide for his students. Jack is a lifelong resident of Sidney and knew he wanted to teach special education when he was a sophomore in high school, as he served as a teacher’s aide for ESU #14’s Cottage for Exceptional Children.
Wayne Meyer is the teacher for Alternative Education at Sidney Public Schools. I work with students in grade levels 7-12. I received my Bachelors of Arts in Social Science from Chadron State and I have my Master’s in Special Education from Chadron state College. Wayne has lived in Sidney all of his life except for the twenty years he spent in the U.S. Navy as a Navy Saturation Diver. Wayne has taught in Sidney since 2014.
Whitney Hurt is the special education coordinator for Sidney Public Schools as well as Lead Teacher for Central Elementary. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education in 2005 from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction in 2010 from UNK. Through education, Whitney has earned endorsements in K- 6 and 7-12 special education, 7-12 business education, English language learning, and administration. Whitney has spent her entire 13 year career working for Sidney Public Schools and is a native of Western Nebraska.
Contracted Service Providers
Occupational Therapy: Sidney Regional Medical Centerhttp://www.sidneyrmc.com/services/rehabilitation-services
Jamie Rezac is an occupational therapist that works with Sidney Public Schools through Sidney Regional Medical Center. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Chadron State College and her Master’s of Science degree from the University of South Dakota. She has worked with students in Sidney Public Schools, as well as surrounding schools for since 2013.
Physical Therapy: SOAR Physical Therapy