The Teachers College honors students

May 12, 2014

Sixty-five Emporia State University students from The Teachers College received special recognition at the 30th Annual Teachers College Honors Banquet held the evening of May 9. Thirty received outstanding student awards and 38 students were honored for achievement of a 3.8 grade point average or higher.


Undergraduate and graduate students were honored for excellence in their respective departments. Eight students received outstanding undergraduate student awards, 19 students received outstanding graduate student awards, and three were awarded graduate research awards. The students honored included:


Undergraduate Awards

Athletic Training – Aki Notomi, Kanagawa, Japan

Elementary Teacher Education – Kady Paul, Osage City

Health and Physical Education – Lauren Sharp, Gladstone, MO

Health Promotion – Amber Defore, Dexter

Middle & Secondary Teacher Education – Rachel Hovey, Wichita

Psychology – Jacinda Kahle, Council Grove

Recreation – Erin Ritter, Shawnee

Rehabilitation Services – Whitney M. Hall, Lebo


Graduate Awards

Alternate Route Program – Wesley Book, Gardner

Art Therapy – Becky Schuldt, Wentworth, SD

Clinical Psychology – Erika Peterson, Lindsborg

Counselor Education Dual Degree Curriculum - Krista Heller, Lawrence

Curriculum and Instruction – Tara Trear, Olpe

Early Childhood Education – Brittany Goosen, Olathe

Educational Administration – Michael Petermann, Wamego

Experimental Psychology – Caitlin Burk, Wichita

Industrial/Organizational Psychology – Asher Delmott, Emporia

Instructional Design & Technology – Daniel Watanabe, Littleton, CO

Master Teacher/Reading Specialist – Courtney Simpson, Manhattan

Mental Health Counseling – Katie McCulloch, Maryville, MO

Physical Education – Tiffany Orth, Wichita

Rehabilitation Counseling – Sasha Anderson, Nassau, Bahamas

Adaptive Special Education – Angela Pennock, Paola

Gifted Special Education – Timothy Johnson, Kansas City, MO

School Counseling – Michelle Finnegan, Tecumseh

School Psychology – Kendra Goering, Great Bend   

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages – Matthew Piech, Tuscon, AZ


The 2014 Graduate Research Awards went to three outstanding students:


  • Martha Lann, Yale, OK, a graduate student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program, for her research project titled, “A Cry for Justice: Talking with Workplace Bullying Victims.”
  • Yun Lauren Liu, Tempe, AZ and Ziang Donald Wang, Emporia, , for their research project titled, “PacifiCorp 2013 E-Waste Training Proposal.” Liu and Wang are graduate students in the Department Instructional Design and Technology.

Honored Students

The following 38 undergraduate students were also recognized for a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher. These students are due to graduate or have graduated in December 2013, May 2014 or Summer 2014: 

Abilene - Alyssa Dunlap

Basehor - Kayla M. Mather

Conway Springs - Beth Carl

De Soto - Heather R. Moss

Dexter - Amber Dawn Defore

El Dorado - Ciara Froese, Theresa Faith Wessel

Emporia - Chloe M. Blake, Kristen Rodda, Jessica Spotts

Eureka - Aubrey D. Henneke

Hutchinson - Kelly N. Roberts

Lawrence - Charles E. Hoag

Lebo - Bethany Smith

Lee’s Summit, MO    - Ashley J. Rodgers, Paige Vanderpool

Madison - Daphne Reed Mertens

Maize - Allie Dysart

Melvern - Eric W. Vogeler

Olathe - Katherine Ann Duke, Paula Massey, Mariah Newton, Michelle Wilk, Kady Leigh Paul

Ottawa - Nicole Hopkins

Pratt - Jessica Leiker

Shawnee - Susan R. Mayfield, Erin Danielle Ritter

Topeka - Caitlin Rose Strecker, Ashley Wagers

Towanda - Abbey Lynn Hampton, Heather K. Tucker

Wichita - Rebekah Brown, Alicia Sue Hajek, Sarah Michelle Harder, Rachel Hovey

Newark, Delaware - Hui Yang

Severn, Maryland - Kayla Schadegg



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