Education Faculty

Dr. Terri Gaeddert

Terri Gaeddert 2012
Associate Professor of Education; Chair of the Sterling Teacher Education Department (STEP); STEP Director, Licensure Officer, Associate Dean

Serving as the Unit Head for the Department of Education at Sterling College, Terri Gaeddert is passionate about preparing future teachers to serve and change the world through education. One characteristic of Sterling College that drew Terri to teach here is its mission and vision, which she strongly supports. Terri enjoys stamping, scrapbooking, skydiving, biking and camping in her spare time. She is married to her husband, Tim, and has two sons.

Nancy Hicks

Nancy Hicks 2012
Administrative Assistant of Education

Nancy came to Sterling College at a very difficult time in her life. When friends on campus knew she was in need of a job, they told her about an opening in the Education Program. Unknown to her at the time, Sterling quickly became a place of healing and ministry. Since then, Nancy works as an Administrative Assistant for the Sterling Teacher Education Program (STEP). Nancy especially loves that at Sterling College you are free to share your faith in such a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.

Frank Leone

Frank Leone 2012
Assistant Professor of Education

Frank has over 30 years of experience in education. He taught grades 4-6 for seven years as well as various social studies classes at the junior high and high school levels. Leone has served as an administrator for 27 years at both public schools and private Christian schools, overseeing K-6 and K-12 schools, most recently serving as administrator of Flint Hills Christian School in Manhattan, Kan. He has also served as a curriculum director.

Dr. Spencer Wagley

Spencer Wagley 2012
Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Wagley is an associate professor of education at Sterling College. Prior to joining the faculty at Sterling College, Dr. Wagley taught English, theatre and speech at the secondary level for eight years in Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from East Texas Baptist University and a Master of Divinity from Hardin-Simmons University. He completed his Ph.D. in Education from Capella University in December 2013. 

Rachel Wannamaker

Instructor of Education

Mrs. Wannamaker earned the Master of Arts in Teaching from Friends University, and the B.S. in Elementary Education from Newman University. She is an experienced elementary teacher and has been serving Sterling College this year as an adjunct instructor.  Rachel has two boys, enjoys reading, watching sporting events with her husband, vacation time with the family and taking her boys to do “Random Acts of Kindness” around town.