Rebekah Andersen

ELI Instructor & International Friendship Program Coordinator

Office: WSTC E131   |    Phone: (308) 865-8575   |    Email:

Rebekah Andersen


Graduate student: University of Nebraska – Lincoln, current

Major: Educational research into English Language Acquisition

BA: Nebraska Wesleyan University, 2013

Major: Elementary Education and English Minor


Rebekah Andersen joined the English Language Institute in 2019. She was previously a first-grade teacher in Lincoln Public Schools. She teaches writing in the English Language Institute and is also the coordinator of the International Friendship Program.

She graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education and English Minor from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2013 and is also working on an MBA in Educational Research from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

A native of Kearney, NE, she graduated from Kearney High School in 2006. She has always loved playing soccer, volleyball, reading and baking. She and her husband, Michael, spent 10 years in Lincoln, NE while going to college and starting their family. While there, Rebekah worked in a title school with a large immigrant and refugee population. There she found her passion for working with English acquisition students. They moved back to Kearney, NE in 2017 to be closer to family and raise their kids in the Kearney community. Michael works with his family at Andersen Wrecking and Rebekah has been working towards her Master’s in Education and loving her work at UNK. She says, “I fell in love with working with English Language Learners in Lincoln and I am so thrilled to be able to do that with college students. Teaching at the college level has been a dream of mine for years, and to be able to do that at UNK and serve my hometown is an amazing honor.”

Rebekah plans to continue her education to earn a PHD in Educational Research of English language instructional practices. She and Michael attend church at Holy Cross in Kearney. While in Lincoln, they spent time restoring old homes, volunteering for their local schools, and volunteering as youth sponsors for their church.