Gail Konzem has been a professor of education at Bethany College since 2006, and now serves as Chair of the education department.
Konzem earned his master’s in educational administration from Kansas State University and his bachelor’s in education from Marymount College, with majors in music education, K-12, and elementary education, K-6.
He joined the Bethany Faculty after serving the Salina Public Schools as a teacher, elementary principal, and middle level principal.
In 1980, Konzem was named an Outstanding Young Educator, has been actively involved in educational initiatives, and has served on a variety of community organizations connected to the arts and humanities, as well as serving as member of the Board of Directors and various offices in Child and Parent Services, an active children’s advocacy group in Salina. He is past president of the Board of Trustees of the Salina Education Foundation, and continues to be actively involved in that organization.
He and his wife are active members of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Salina, and serve as musicians and on a variety of committees and commissions. In 2007, they represented Kansas Ambassadors of Music during their European Tour.
Konzem is a former member of many education organizations during his years as a public school education and as associate professor of education at Bethany.
Marlysue Holmquist, professor of education, began teaching at Bethany College in 1995. Holmquist received her bachelor’s from Bethany College and her master’s and doctorate from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.
Holmquist taught in Los Angeles, Calif., Mt. Vernon, Ky. and Marquette, Kan. before beginning as an adjunct instructor at Bethany College. She served as chair of the Education Department from 2000-2007 and now is the elementary education coordinator and serves as the Licensure officer for the college. Holmquist is the recipient of the Rohm Distinguished Professor.
Holmquist teaches a variety of courses for the Education Department including introduction to teaching, instructional technology, methods of teaching social studies in the elementary school, student teaching seminar and supervises elementary teaching majors in their clinical practice.
She is on Faculty Senate, Assessment Committee and serves as the representative to ACCK (Associated Colleges of Central Kansas) special education committee. In addition she served on the Licensure Review Committee for the Kansas State Dept. of Education and is now the representative to the Regulations Committee for KSDE.
Holmquist and her husband, Tom ’76, farm and ranch in the Smolan, Kan. area. She and her husband were the recipients of the award as Kansas Master Farmers in 2012. Her children are Ryan ‘05, Majkin ‘07 and John ‘14.
Gretchen Norland has been an assistant professor of secondary education at Bethany College since 2012. Norland teaches education courses in classroom management, middle and secondary methods, foundations of education, and educational psychology. Norland received her Masters of Arts in education from Baker University in 2009. She has taught as an adjunct instructor for Baker University. Norland is also a former graduate of Bethany College, earning her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in English education in 1979.
Norland has 32 years of teaching experience in USD 400, Smoky Valley. She is certified in K-9 elementary, 7-12 English, 5-8 history, and 7-12 psychology. Her teaching experiences also include virtual charter school and online instruction. Norland received leadership training at an ASCD conference in differentiated instruction and alternative assessments, and has given district presentations. She has served as co-chair of the Professional Learning Communities Social Studies Committee, North Central Accreditation in Reading Committee, and USD 400 District Steering Team.
At Bethany College, Norland is currently serving on the Curriculum Committee and is a member of the Teacher Education Committee. Norland is active in the Education Department accreditation and assessment process. On the ACCK council, she is the secondary coordinator of education representative for Bethany. Norland served on the Kansas Teacher of the Year State Selection Committee for the 2012-2013 year. She has been a member of the Bethany College Teacher Education Advisory Council since 2009.
Linda Conley started at Bethany in December 2007 after completing her Associate of Applied Science in health information technology at Hutchinson Community College.