Amy Schmidtke is associate director of professional learning. Her work includes overseeing implementation of initiatives that aim to promote quality, continuity, and equity in early care and education, birth through Grade 3. Schmidtke began working at the Institute in 2016, first as a bilingual educational facilitator for the Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan and more recently as a program specialist with the program development and professional learning teams. Schmidtke, who brings more than two decades of experience as an early childhood teacher and coach, spent 18 years with Omaha Public Schools and is an adjunct instructor in early childhood education in the Teacher Education Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has an Ed.D. in educational administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Schmidtke also earned a master’s degree in education at UNO with endorsements in early childhood education and English as a second language, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska ̶ Lincoln.