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Carolyn Albracht is the art education instructor in the Art and Design Department at Wayne State College. She is a native Nebraskan, raised in North Platte and Grand Island.
After earning her undergraduate degrees, she became a toddler teacher and group home counselor for adolescents. She then pursued a master's degree in Lincoln, Neb. During her studies at the University, she and her now-husband, Wayne Briner, decided to move to Aurora and purchase a former church, renovating it into a residence and Art Center & Gallery. Through this endeavor, Carolyn discovered that she enjoyed teaching and made her way back to UNL to earn a teaching certificate in K-12 art education in 2009.
After three short years teaching K-12 art at Hampton Public School, opportunity knocked and Carolyn answered. She returned to UNL in 2012 to pursue a PhD in Education and to work as a teaching assistant. She is now writing her dissertation about a non-profit land trust organization and its informal, place-based education programs. She plans to graduate in May 2016.
Albracht is a member of the Alternative Education Resource Organization and has presented at their annual conference. She is also a member of American Education Research Association, as well as the Nebraska Art Teachers Association/National Art Education Association. She served as the 2014 chair at NATA/NAEA's fall conference and presented at it in 2011.