Mitzi Hoback has been a professional development consultant and trainer for several years, working with teachers and principals in the areas of instruction, curriculum, assessment, and school improvement. She is former director of professional development for a regional education agency serving a five-county area in southeast Nebraska. With over 35 years as an educator, Mitzi has also been a classroom teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, a lead teacher, and a coordinator of gifted education for a K–12 school district.
Recognised as an educational leader who is student-focused, Mitzi has presented at the state, regional, and national levels. She specialises in providing training in the implementation of effective instructional strategies, student engagement, vocabulary instruction, and quality assessment practices. She has facilitated data analysis, curriculum alignment, and the development of proficiency scales and high-quality formative and summative assessments with many school districts.
Mitzi is a contributor to the book Democratic School Accountability: A Model of School Improvement and has served as the statewide chair of the Nebraska Educational Service Unit Professional Development Organisation. She has received several awards, including the Nebraska Outstanding ESU Staff Member and Nebraska Association for the Gifted Extra Mile, and she was named to the Conestoga Public Schools Hall of Fame.
Mitzi holds a master of science in education with endorsements in assessment and gifted education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.