Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) recently welcomed several new employees to the organization:

Tyler Youngers taught in the Cherokee and Grinnell school districts before joining Heartland Area Education Agency (AEA) in Des Moines as an instructional technology consultant. He earned his master’s in Instructional Technology from the University of Northern Iowa and will be supporting schools throughout northwest Iowa as an instructional technology consultant for Northwest AEA. 

Janine Gack, Lynzie Reisz, and Deb Krager will be working as special education strategists. Gacke worked as an elementary special education teacher for the Sioux City Community School District for five years. During that time, she earned a master’s degree in Special Education from Morningside College, along with endorsements in Reading and Special Education Consulting. She is continuing to complete course work leading to an English as Second Language (ESL) endorsement in the Fall of 2017.  

Reisz worked for the Battle Creek-Ida Grove High district for four years as a special education teacher, and prior to that taught at the Santee Community School District and St. Michael’s Catholic School, both in Nebraska in general education classrooms.  She has a master’s degree in Special Education from Morningside College.  

Krager is returning to Northwest AEA after retiring in 2016. During her time at the AEA, Krager worked as a special education consultant and administrator in special education. Krager has her master’s degree from Morningside College.

Kiersten Meyer will be working for Northwest AEA as a speech-language pathologist. She completed her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of South Dakota in August of 2017. As part of her master’s program, Meyer presented and received an award at the National Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Conference for her presentation on improving early hearing detection in the state of South Dakota. Meyer completed an internship with Northwest AEA during the 2016-17 school year. 

Brooke Sydow worked for several companies in the private sector before joining Northwest AEA, most recently at Bruening Eye Specialists in Dakota Dunes. Sydow has her bachelor’s degree in Health Promotions from the University of Northern Iowa and will use her talents as communications secretary for Northwest AEA.

Lyle Van Roekel (photo not available) will be working as a media van driver/material handler for Northwest AEA. He will be responsible for delivering and refurbishing specialty materials to schools throughout northwest Iowa. Van Roekel owned and operated Bodnar Studio & Camera Shop in Sioux Center for many years.

Tynan DeWall recently joined Northwest AEA as a technician in the Media division. DeWall earned her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production. She worked three years for BHFO, Inc., in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before joining Northwest AEA.

Sheryl Collins worked at Kingsley State Bank for over 30 years before joining Northwest AEA as a team secretary in the Special Education division. Collins has extensive knowledge and skills in the management of data systems and studied computer programming at Western Iowa Technical Community College.

Nicole Taylor (photo not available) worked for the Battle Creek-Ida Grove School District prior to joining Northwest AEA this past year as a teacher’s aide at the Northwest Iowa Youth Emergency Services Detention Center located in Cherokee. Taylor has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Buena Vista University.

Minvera Van Ginkel is a secretary in the Media division at Northwest AEA. Van Ginkel worked at the former AEA 4 for 10 years as a school psychology para-professional and then worked for the Boyden-Hull Community School District for 17 years as a para-educator. She studied at Northwestern College in Orange City before working at AEA 4.