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Peru State Dean Jodi Kupper to Serve as President of Nebraska Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (NACTE)


Jodi Kupper
Kupper receives the ceremonial NACTE staff from outgoing President Becky Schnabel of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College Dean of the School of Education Dr. Jodi Kupper was recently installed as president of the Nebraska Association of College of Teacher Education (NACTE). 


This organization is the state affiliate of the American Association of College of Teacher Education, a national organization that promotes teacher preparation. Members of the organization represent the 16 higher education institutions that currently offer educator preparation programs in the state of Nebraska. 


Kupper will serve as President for the next two years as NACTE continues to advance initiatives related to teacher education. 


Kupper said, “I’m excited about what the next two years hold for the profession of teacher education and the vital role that NACTE will continue to play, related to the quality of preparation of tomorrow’s educators. Not all states have an active organization such as ours that meets regularly with other constituents to discuss and consider issues related to educator preparation. I’m honored to serve in this role.”


Kupper has served as PSC’s dean of the School of Education since 2005. Her primary responsibilities include administering the undergraduate teacher education programs and sport management and exercise science degree. She also represents the college at the state and national level for teacher education, oversees accreditation processes and serves as a member of the Nebraska Professional Practices Commission.


Prior to her arrival at PSC, Kupper spent seven years at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., initially as an assistant professor of middle-level and secondary education and then as director of the School of Education. There she was responsible for teaching secondary methods, adolescent psychology and middle-level philosophy. 


A native of Norfolk, Neb., and a graduate of Wayne State College, Kupper spent six years teaching 6-12 English in Nebraska and Iowa. She completed her Master’s degree in secondary education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a doctorate in administration, curriculum and instruction at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kupper currently resides in Lincoln.