Mrs. Julie Nienke graduated from Quivira Heights High School and then received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Kansas State University in 1984. She has also received her Master Degree in Counseling from Fort Hays University in 1997. Mrs. Nienke taught in the Hoisington School District for 15 years before coming to Ellsworth High School in 1999.

Along with her teaching duties at EHS, Mrs. Nienke is married to her husband Bob and has three children, Trent, Ty and Taegan. She spends her free time working with 4-H groups, the Smoky Hill Cattlewomen, and also helping out on the family farm.