Mr. Kurk Wiedel is the Elementary Principal at Thayer Central Community School. Mr. Wiedel has been with the district since 1987 serving as an elementary teacher (2nd, 3rd, 4th & Title I) for 14 years before becoming the elementary principal in 2000. He was the head volleyball coach for 25 years before retiring in 2012 and coached basketball and track during his tenure. He received his bachelor’s degree from Peru State College in 1987 and then completed his master’s and specialist degrees from UNK.
Mr. Wiedel is married to Kris, who is the elementary secretary. They have four children: Jenna, Seth, Simon and Jasa. Jenna is an elementary teacher in the Sandy Creek Public Schools.
The family enjoys going to sporting events and attending the numerous activities at Thayer Central where Simon is a three time state champion in the sprints and at the University of Nebraska where Seth was a member of the UNL Track and Field Team. Mr. Wiedel continues to coach Jasa’s club volleyball team and summer softball team.
Mr. Wiedel believes strongly in building positive relationships with his students and has high expectations for his students, staff, and parents. The school motto: Believe – Achieve – Succeed is an important piece to the mindset of his elementary buildings.