Bryan High Urban Agriculture Career Academy Members and Advisory Board

NAMESorted By NAME In Ascending Order Affiliation EMAIL Phone
Mary Miller  Curriculum Specialist
(402) 557-3178
Gabrielle Rickley  Career Academy Counselor (402) 557-3124
Tyler Schindler  Ag Instructor/FFA Advisor (402) 557-3100
Rhett Wurst  Biology/Plant Science Instructor (402) 557-3100
Krystal Kolb  Food Science/Internship Instructor (402) 557-3141
James Vanatta  English Instructor (402) 557-3100
Matt Pierson  Social Studies Instructor (402) 557-3100
Kate Savas  Resource Teacher (402) 557-3100
Tony Jensia  Farm Credit Services    
Chris Kalkowski  First National Bank    
Stephan Bacerra   Hoegemeyer Hybrids    
Erin Redemske  Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Omaha Branch    
Jeremy Nielson  Omaha Public Schools    
James Musil  Omaha Public Schools     
Ken Spellman  Omaha Public Schools     

Urban Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Academy Team Bios

Name: Tyler Schindler
College Attended: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education, Biology Education, and Horticulture Education
Minors: Agribusiness and Horticulture
Years Teaching: 1
Ag Academy Classes: Freshman Ag FACTS, Introduction to Agriculture, Plant Science, Animal Science, Natural Resources, Agribusiness, Internship/Capstone, and Power Structure and Technical Systems.
What do you enjoy most about the Ag Academy: Working with students who are excited to learn more about Agriculture!


Name: Krystal Kolb
College Attended: Kearney State College
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Vocational Homemaking with Diversified Occupations and Bachelor of Science in Business Adminitration
Minors: Home Economics
Years Teaching: 29
Ag Academy Classes: Food Science and Internship/Capstone
What do you enjoy most about the Ag Academy: TBA


Name: Kate Savas
College Attended: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Special Education, Masters of Science in Educational Administration
Minors: N/A
Years Teaching: 16
Ag Academy Classes: I will be in and out of all of the Academy classes!
What do you look forward to this year: Being a part of the Ag Academy!


Name: Rhett Wurst
College Attended: University of Nebraska-Kearney
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Biology Education and Health Education
Minors: N/A
Years Teaching: 7
Ag Academy Classes:Plant Science, Animal Science, Natural Resources, and Biology.
What do you enjoy most about the Ag Academy: Developing new and exciting hands-on classroom projects!


Name: Matt Pierson
Colleges Attended: University of Nebraska-Omaha, Nebraska Wesleyan, and Concordia University.
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Social Science Endorsements), Master of Arts in Historical Studies, and ESL Endorsement for K-12
Minors: N/A
Years Teaching: 8
Ag Academy Classes: Economics, Geography, World History, and Government.
What do you enjoy most about the Ag Academy: I look forward to providing a rigorous and creative classroom experience that will inspire a love for social studies in every student.


Name: James Vanatta
College Attended: University of Nebraska-Omaha
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education-- English/Language Arts
Minors: English
Years Teaching: 2
Ag Academy Classes: Sophomore, Junior, and Senior English.
What do you enjoy most about the Ag Academy: I look forward to reuniting with previous students, meeting new ones, and assisting all of them in becoming prepared for life after high school.