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Dr. Woody Ziegler (NE '96)


At the time of the Award, Dr. Woody Ziegler was:

York Elementary School
York, NE

Biographical Information

Dr. Woody Ziegler recently retired from serving as co-director of Learning for the Future, Inc., in Waco. He operated Learning for the Future from 2005 - 2017 with his brother and fellow Milken Educator, Dr. Robert Ziegler (NE ’98) until Rob’s death Nov. 11, 2011. Learning for the Future through the Educator’s Virtual Mentor sought to assist teachers seeking strategies for meeting the challenges in their classroom and school principals as instructional leaders.  The Educator's Virtual Mentor ( was a web-based program featuring video clips of award-winning teachers demonstrating more than 50 teaching practices, as well as articles written by the Zieglers summarizing each of the instructional strategies. Previously, Woody Ziegler was co-principal of York Elementary School in York, where he helped to secure more than $750,000 in technology grants and business partnerships for the school. Dr. Ziegler was also an assistant professor at Doane College, teaching educational leadership at the graduate level. In 2001, Dr. Ziegler was named co-director of the Nebraska Leadership Talks Technology Academy (LTTA). Funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, LTTA sought to raise the profile of technology as an administrative and instructional tool. Dr. Ziegler was also a technology integration specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) from 2002 to 2005.

Related Connections

Article: Connecting with Rob and Woody: An Interview

Article: Two Brothers: A Thousand Videos

Additional Information


1995 University of Nebraska - Lincoln, B.A.

Computers, Grant Writing, Interdisciplinary Instruction, Internet, Reconstitution, School Construction, Reform, Technology