Meet Our Instructors

Tami Little
Tami Little loves teaching and learning.  Ms. Little has been actively teaching in primary grades through high school since 1988. Tami earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and High School Foreign Language in 1987.  In 1992 she completed her Master of Arts in Teaching degree through Morningside College.  Again, in 1996, Tami Little earned an additional masters degree in Library and Information Sciences from Emporia State University in Kansas.  In 2001, Tami earned her certificate as an Early Childhood Generalist through the rigorous National Board for Professional Teaching Standards program.  Tami, with her husband, five children, along with their three grandchildren, currently reside just outside of the Climbing Hill area in northeast Iowa.

Patrick O'Connor
Patrick O'Connor is Director of College Counseling at The Roeper School, both in Metropolitan Detroit. Born and raised in Detroit, he has been a college counselor since 1984, serving students in rural, urban, and suburban high schools, as well as community college. In addition to writing a weekly column at and Huffington Post, his writing has appeared in High School Counselor Week,, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Detroit Free Press and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Patrick has served as president of the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling, and the National Association for College Admission Counseling. He is on the board of directors of the Michigan College Access Network, and on the credentialing commission for the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners. He has taught Counseling in the College Selection Process since 2009.



Stephanie Schwebach
Stephanie Schwebach is currently a kindergarten teacher at Hospers Elementary, part of the M-OC Floyd Valley school district.  She previously taught kindergarten at Orange City Elementary for six years, and first grade for two years at Franklin Elementary School in LeMars.  She received her Master’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership through Southwest Minnesota State University.  She certified to teach in K-6 Elementary Education with additional endorsements in Early Childhood, Reading, and coaching that she received from Northwestern College in Orange City.  She currently lives in Alton, IA with her husband Eric and her two children, Blake and Brycelyn.

Patti Ryan
Patti Ryan has been in education for over 20 years, which includes teaching and administrative roles, from the PK level through the college level in Iowa.  Patti is endorsed as a teacher in many areas, including Middle School Generalist, K-12 Reading, PK-12 Special Education Director, PK-12 Administration and the list will include K-12 Mathematics very soon!  Patti earned her certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in Early Adolescent Mathematics.  Ms. Ryan has a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and is certified to teach two Project Lead the Way courses in the Pre-Engineering Track.  Through these experience, Patti, has gained the knowledge that allows her to design distance learning courses that meet a wide variety of learner needs.