Amy Schmidtke is program specialist in resource and program development. Her work includes developing materials for program development initiatives, identifying and synthesizing research-based resources to support the Institute's efforts, and helping coordinate growing program development partnerships, such as the Panhandle birth through Grade 3 community assessment and planning initiative. Schmidtke began working at the Institute in 2016 as a bilingual educational facilitator for the Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan. 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.