Education Faculty

Terri Gaeddert

Terri Gaeddert 2012
STEP Director and Licensure Officer; Associate Professor of Education; Chair of the Education Department

Serving as the associate professor in 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.

Debra Millikan

Debra Millikan 2012
Assistant Professor of Education

Deb Millikan serves as assistant professor in the Department of Education at Sterling College. She has 19 years of elementary classroom experience and she has designed and presented educational workshops and in-services for 12 years. Millikan has served as a Kagan Cooperative Learning District Trainer, math specialist/consultant and adjunct instructor for Friends University.  Deb enjoys traveling, cooking and ballroom dancing. She is married to Mike and they have four adult children.

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.