Welcome Peg Coover  

September 26, 2013
Peg Coover - Instructional Specialist

My name is Peg Coover and I am thrilled to be a member of the ESU 10 family as an Instructional Specialist in the NIS department.  I will be working with Jason Everett and Graci Gillming facilitating technology trainings for teachers.

I grew up in Alliance, NE and graduated from high school there in 1982.  I attended Kearney State College for 3 years and received my BS in Biology from the University of Wyoming in 1986.  I worked for Western Research Institute as a laboratory technician until my husband Jim finished pharmacy school at UW, and then we moved back to central Nebraska.  I went back to school to get my teaching certificate and complete my masters degree and started teaching math and science in 1991.

I taught at Centura Public School for 18 years—everything from 7th grade science to Calculus! I loved the variety and being busy.  While at CHS I also coached cross country and track, was the HAL coordinator and did anything I could with technology, including creating and maintaining the school website.  I started a Computer Media class and one of our accomplishments was creating CenturaVision for multimedia presentations in our gym. It was exciting when our school was one of the first in Nebraska to have a 1:1 laptop initiative in 2006!  

After my son graduated from Centura in 2009, I decided to make a change and I started teaching science at Grand Island Northwest.  Most recently I was an Instructional Coach for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, via the National Center for Research in Rural Education.  I worked with science teachers throughout the state, helping them implement science inquiry in their classrooms.

Jim and I have been married 29 years and we have two children and two grandchildren.  Micki, our daughter, is a science teacher at Gibbon Public School.  Her husband Tyler is a pharmacist at Good Samaritan Hospital and they have two boys, Ethan and Drake.  Our son Jake is a student at Arapahoe Community College in Colorado.
If I’m not at work, or working on one of my Apple devices, I am probably running!  I have completed 7 full marathons and 15 half marathons, as well as dozens of other races!   My other hobbies include gardening, canning, reading and chasing around our two dogs, Dexter and Kramer.