Dr. Gina Bittner is the Interim Dean of the School of Education at Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska. She is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education. She went on to earn her Master of Arts Degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and in 2014 she earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from Capella University.
She spent nine years in the classroom; first in elementary special education and then in elementary regular classrooms. Dr. Bittner also taught classes for the University of Colorado-Denver campus for the training of paraprofessionals. During her nine teaching years in Colorado, she also spent six years coaching basketball at the high school, middle school, and elementary levels.
Dr. Bittner joined Peru State College in the fall of 2006 as a full-time instructor where she primarily taught undergraduate elementary education methods courses. She also served the field of education through various committee assignments both at Peru State College and the Department of Education. Furthermore, Dr. Bittner serves the field of education on the national level through assessment work with Educational Testing Services, primarily through the Praxis Performance Assessments for student teachers.
A native to this area, she resides on her family farm outside Dawson, Nebraska with her husband, Jeremy, and children, Isaac and Addison.