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The 2019 Kansas Teacher of the Year Team met with pre-service teachers January 31. Pictured here are students in Phase I. Watch KTOY’s presentation to Emporia State's education majors here.

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Ten years ago Dr. Matt Seimears, Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, started the Emporia State robotics competition with four teams. In early November, Emporia State hosted more than 250 Kansas Grade 6-12 kids from 40 schools who participated with ESU students. The Spring 2019 Robotics Competition will be April 23, 2019.

College Notes

  


From the Dean
THANK YOU, Hornet Nation! As I step down as dean and transition to phased retirement in June, thank you, thank you, thank you so very much...

 


2019 Spring Commencement
Congratulations if you're preparing for graduation in May. Get information for yourself, friends, and family from our commencement web site, including information on attire and how to view the ceremonies online.

 


Alumni Notes
Who has a new job? Who is celebrating an anniversary? Who has started enjoying retirement? Read the alumni notes and, remember, you can submit your own professional and personal news here.

 

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Members of College Honored by Peers at Emporia State

Four members of The Teachers College received awards in January for their work within The Teachers College.

  • Dr. Cathy Grover, associate professor of psychology, received the Excellence in Service Award.
  • Dr. Amanda Lickteig, assistant professor of school leadership / middle and secondary teacher education department, received the Excellence in Instruction Award.
  • Dr. Paul Luebbers, professor and department chair of health, physical education, and recreation, was presented the Excellence in Scholarly Activity Award.
  • Sharon Pittman, administrative specialist in the department of elementary education / early childhood / special education, was the recipient of the Darrell E. Wood Service Award.

Learn more about these award winners...

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FROM THE DEAN

weaver-2016-lgTHANK YOU, Hornet Nation!

I knew before I came to Emporia  State University for my interview in early July of 1986 that I was visiting a special place. My impression of ESU and Emporia was magnified by all the fine students, faculty, staff, administrators, and citizens and the quality of the academic programs I encountered the two days spent on campus. When the call came with the job offer, it was an enthusiastic yes, and a love affair of almost 33 years and counting began.

I have had the very good fortune and honor to contribute in some way to the academic success of students, make their dreams come true, and become ESU alums, including three of my children.  I relish my connections with all of them now that they are alumni. I also relish my relationships with alumni who called ESU Kansas State Teachers College. One of the best perks about being dean is spending time with so many amazing alumni who have stories both poignant and funny about their experiences with KSTC/ESU.

Like a child passing through developmental milestones across the lifespan, so has my journey at ESU revealed over time the richness of Emporia State’s history; my shared values with the institution; the enduring focus on first generation college students; the wonders of the campus; the respect so many have for the university across the state, nation and world; the strong and lasting ties that bind the university with Emporia, Lyon County, and Kansas; the essential role ESU has for developing the state, region, nation, and world; and the goodness, energy, love for alma mater, zest for life, and generosity of ESU alumni.

ESU alums, you make Emporia State University so special in so many ways and have been doing so for 156 years. You partner with ESU to create legacies that benefit every student. Whether funding scholarships and projects, offering internships, mentoring, hiring, or offering so many other opportunities, you model the caring and commitment that makes Hornet Nation so vital and special to the university and more important now than ever.

As I step down as dean and transition to phased retirement in June, thank you, thank you, thank you so very much, Hornet Nation, for all you do each and every day for ESU students and for all of us at Emporia State University.   

Sincerely,
Ken Weaver, Dean

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COLLEGE NOTES

Outstanding Recent Graduates & Distinguished Alumni Honored

Three outstanding graduates and five distinguished alumni were honored during ESU's Homecoming activities October 19-20.

Sarah Gietscheir-Hartman (MS 2010 - Health, Physical Education and Recreation), was named this year's Outstanding Recent Graduate from The Teachers College. She teaches health and physical education at Clayton High School in Clayton, MO, a suburb of St. Louis.

This year's distinguished alumni include three alumni of The Teachers College: Cheryl M. Brown-Henderson (MS 1976 - guidance and counseling) of Topeka, president of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research and owner of Brown & Associates educational consulting firm; Rose M. Haggerty (BS 1974 - physical education) of Houston, executive director of the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in Austin; and Dr. Leo Pauls (MS 1966 - educational administration) of Emporia, former executive director of the Jones Institution for Educational Excellence at ESU. Learn more...

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A photo at sunset of ESU’s One Room Schoolhouse and the Memorial to Fallen Educators is included in Education Week’s Photos of the Year for 2018. Click here to see the full photo
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The Kansas Masonic Literacy Center is sponsoring “Read to Succeed” at Timmerman Elementary School in Emporia this semester. Thirty volunteers including ESU students and staff, Emporia Masons and members of the Eastern Star are listening to thirty second, third, and fourth graders read for thirty minutes each week to help the improve their reading fluency and comprehension. The program started January 16 and ends April 26.
The KMLC also collaborated with the Community Daylight Masonic Lodge in Wichita to sponsor a Winter Recess Book Project at Hyde Elementary School over the recent winter break. Each student received an appropriate book compliments of the Daylight Lodge and the Literacy Center to read over the winter break. When school resumed January 3, teachers used the books as a read-aloud and comprehension activity. Preliminary results indicate 110 families reported the students read the whole book, 17 read part of the book and only 10 families reported they did not read the book.
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Nineteen Kansas educators learned recently they are among the 3,907 nationwide who achieved the highest professional credential they can earn —first-time certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2018. The teachers received guidance from Emporia State’s Great Plains Center for National Teacher Certification, which has a 78 percent initial certification rate for teachers achieving national board certification over the past 13 years. This is nearly twice the national initial certification rate of 40 percent. Learn more…
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ESU’s Art Therapy program is partnering with the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. This endeavor’s goal is “to promote the role and facilitate the practice of art therapy in health care settings, including those in rural communities without previous arts-in-health experience.” Learn more…
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The national and state accreditation team from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the Kansas State Department of Education were on campus November 5-7 reviewing all teacher education programs, meeting with faculty, cooperating teachers, department chairs, deans, and ESU partners from around the state. An accreditation decision is expected in early spring.
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The Iota chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society at ESU, produced a video highlighting their badge program, called Post-Initiation Incentive Program. The video was featured in The Leader, the monthly online newsletter of Kappa Delta Pi. The video can be seen at here.
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The Health, Physical Education, & Recreation Department at ESU hosted the 2018 Convention for the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. More than 500 physical and health education teachers from Kansas attended the two-day annual event October 24-26.
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The third installment of ESU's Children Inspire Glass Project held an opening reception October 19 in Visser Hall. CIGP celebrates children’s imagination and creative abilities through interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty and students of various educational disciplines. The art is displayed in Visser Hall and CIGP IV in 2020 is being planned.  
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The Visser Hall Learning Commons started opening 24/7 on Monday, October 22. Students with a Hornet ID card have access to the Learning Commons to study after the building is closed.   

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STUDENT NOTES

Dr. Damara Paris & Dr. Katrina Miller, of Counselor Education’s RC48 program, took graduate students Nate Holz, Teri Truscott, Jennifer Carter and Jamie Hubble to the National Council on Rehabilitation annual meeting October 24-27 in Arlington, VA. Also in attendance was Haley Vivone, graduate assistant for the RSA grant.

Kelsey Graber, health and human performance major, recently completed her practicum with Charles Hewitt and the sports nutrition team at Oklahoma State University.

ESU’s athletic training students of the month include: Amber Krehbiel (October), Katie Parks (November), and Monica Schmidt and Kesha Garcia (February).

Camden Estrada, elementary education major, and Henry Weiser, secondary education major, were  recognized as Teachers of Promise at the 2019 Kansas Teacher of the Year awards banquet in Wichita in November.

Kim Nguyen, art therapy student, received the American Art Therapy Association’s 2018 Rawley Silver Award for Excellence from the AATA at its annual conference in early November in Miami, FL.

In Fall 2018, the new recognized student organization, American Sign Language Club, met to practice signing. Contact President Myranda Soifua or Adviser Dr. Basil Kessler at 620-341-5220 for more information on upcoming events.

pscyh-students(Above) The psychology department Emporia State University hosted the 2018 Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas/Nebraska Psychological Society conference in November. ESU undergraduate students Maddy Orton & Lori Ahuja and graduate students Anna Wray & Alex Klema all won awards for outstanding non-empirical and empirical papers.

Instructional Technology and Design student Joshua Key was awarded the 2018  Association for Educational Communications & Technology’s Mahnke Video Production Award the AECT International Convention in Kansas City in October.

ESU HPER undergraduate Justin Broyles was recognized as the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Future Professional in Recreation at the KAPHERD convention held on ESU’s campus in late October.  

Shelby Marten was recognized as the ESU HPER undergraduate Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation Dance Future Professional in Education at the KAPHERD convention held on ESU’s campus in late October.  

Traci Crusinberry was identified as the 2018 Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation Dance Graduate Student of the Year at the KAPHERD convention held on ESU’s campus in late October.  

Athletic Training students Nicole Blick, Tristan Damme, Amber Krehbiel, and Monica Schmidt, presented at 2018 Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society Symposium in November at Emporia State University.

Aidan Johnson, psychology major, presented his research co-authored with professor emeritus Dr. George Yancey at the Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas conference held November 9-10 at ESU.

IT Contest-02Graduate art therapy student Amy Huxtable won ESU’s IT Social Media Competition in December. The content of the posts was featured on the university’s communication channels, including websites, social media, etc.  (The image is to the right.)

Members of the Student Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology presented the findings of a customer satisfaction survey they conducted for Craig HomeCare in Wichita. They presented their findings to president of the company, Rich Giblin, and his executive team. The project provides the students the chance to use the knowledge and skills they acquire in the industrial/organizational psychology program in a real-world consulting environment.

Students Danica Bender, Sadie Boline, Allie Crome, Sydney Gulley, Paul Reichenberger, Savannah Smith, and Chieko Zimmerman attended “Civics, Citizenship and Civility,” a Critical Questions in Education Symposium in Kansas City in late October as part of a high impact grant in the fall semester. Faculty members Dr. Heather Caswell and Dr. Melissa Reed, Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, took the students to the symposium as part of a high impact grant in the fall semester.

Dr. Yeol Huh, Dr. Dabae Lee, and graduate students Zimeng Li and Tong Bai, Instructional Design and Technology, presented "AltSchool: Implementing Personalized Learning with Technology" at the annual convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in October in Kansas City.

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FACULTY & STAFF NOTES

Dstiffle and Wentao 2Dr. Dan Stiffler and Dr. Neal Luo, School Leadership / Middle and Secondary Teacher Education,  presented their research titled “Student quantitative course-based evaluation of faculty teaching: What non-modiļ¬able factors make a difference?” at the Hong Kong International Conference on Education, Psychology and Society in December 2018.Stiffler and Luo visited three different universities in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. They met and discussed potential collaborations with the university administrators from South China Normal University, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, and Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University.

Dr. Matt Seimears, Dr. Sara Schwerdtfeger, and Dr. Tiffany Hill, all from Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, were selected to serve as consultants at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire to guide the institution in seeking its accreditation from Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Anne Bordonaro, Director of TRIO, and Dr. Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro, Carrie Boettcher and Dr. Katrina Miller attended the state Tilford Conference on Diversity & Multiculturalism in Hays in October. Speaker John Quinones of ABC news program “What Would You Do?” shared about his early life ambition to become a reporter and how Upward Bound factored into his achievement of his goal. Graduate art therapy students Kim Nguyen (left) and Vivian Mosier (right) got a photo with Quinones.tilford

Nearly 100 Kansas educators attended the 21st Annual Kansas Regional Reading Recovery® and Early Literacy Conference held at ESU on November 5. Featured speakers included ESU faculty members Dr. Heather Caswell and Dr. Melissa Reed, both from Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, and Dr. Roger Caswell, Executive Director, Jones Institute for Educational Excellence, and Dr. Annie Opat, Director of ESU’s Kansas Regional Reading Recovery University Training Center.

Dr. Tiffany Hill, Todd Roberts, Dr. Joan Brewer and Dr. Ken Weaver, all of The Teachers College, attended the 2018 Educate Kansas Dialogue Summit: Retention on November 19 at Kansas State University.

Dr. Yeol Huh, Dr. Dabae Lee, Dr. Zeni Colorado-Resa, and graduate student Xueqi Song, all from Instructional Design and Technology, presented "Comparison Between Intended and Perceived Learning Outcomes Based on TPACK in A Technology Integration Course for Pre-service Teachers" at the annual convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in October in Kansas City.

Faculty from Health, Physical Education & Recreation including Dr. Joan Brewer, Dr. Sunnin Keosybounheuang, and Dr. Shawna Shane presented “Simple Health Education Strategies” at the International Conference on the Health Risks of Youth January 2-5 in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Dr. Heather Caswell and Dr. Melissa Reed, Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, presented “Creating Brave Spaces: Understanding Intersectionality of Identity in Learning Environments” at “Civics, Citizenship and Civility,” a Critical Questions in Education Symposium in Kansas City in late October as part of a high impact grant in the fall semester.

Dr. Bill Stinson and Dr. Mark Stanbrough, Health, Physical Education, & Recreation, presented "Compassionate Coaching: The Research Behind Team Building and Bonding" at the 2018 Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention in October at ESU.  

Dr. Lee Anne Coester, director of Emporia State University’s Math Leadership Institute, recently received Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics Ray Kurtz Service Award for her exceptional work to the math teaching community.

Dr. Dennis Kear co- presented “Building Better Brain Structures in Young Children” workshop for childcare givers and preschool teachers in Coffey County at the Burlington Public Library, October 11.  Kear also co-presented “Mobilizing Literacy in Lyon, Coffey and Osage Counties” at the Kansas State Department of Education Effective Schools Conference in Wichita, October 16. In addition, Kear co-presented “Building Better Brain Structures in Young Children” workshop for childcare givers and preschool teachers in Lyon County at Mary Herbert Administration Building, Emporia Public Schools, October 18, 2018. On January 17, Kear co-presented “Building Better Brains in Young Children: Physical Well-Being, Attachment and Play” to 24 caregivers and prekindergarten teachers at Emporia USD 253’s Mary Herbert Administration Building.

Norma Hodges, instructor in Health, Physical Education, & Recreation, was presented the Appreciation Award at the recent Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Convention held on ESU’s campus in late October.

Dr. Yeol Huh, Instructional Design and Technology, received the Charles M. Reigeluth Emerging Researcher Award at the annual convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in October in Kansas City.

“School Counseling 2018: School Counseling in a Fast-Paced World” was hosted at Emporia State November 1. A total of 266 counselors, educators and administrators attended the 69th Annual Fall Conference for Counselors organized by Dr. Robert Kircher, Coordinator of School Counseling program at ESU.

Dr. Amanda Lickteig, School Leadership / Middle and Secondary Teacher Education, presented “Let's Talk About Your Self(ie)” at the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference in Houston on November 17. Lickteig also presented "Creating MINDFUL Citizens in a Post-Truth Era" at the 2018 Kansas Council for the Social Studies Conference October 29 at Emporia State University.  

Diane Mangus, office manager in Health, Physical Education, & Recreation, received a Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Appreciation Award during the recent KAHPERD convention held on ESU’s campus in late October. This award recognized Mangus’ assistance in preparing for hosting the 2018 convention for over 500 attendees.

Dr. Katrina Miller, professor and chair of counselor education, with members of her cohort, learned how to develop Trauma-Informed Organizations at the University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda in November. Participants of this session discussed how to identify trauma responses of students and address them at all levels of an organization. The program included visits to the National Genocide Memorial, a tour of the Nyamirambo neighborhood and Women’s Center, and engaging with students aged 3-14 at the first and only school in Rwanda for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Dr. Annie Opat presented two sessions at the Southeast Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, January 16-18. Opat’s topics included “Shaping our Language to Facilitate Independent Learning” and “Providing a Clear Focus: Learning to Look at Print.” Three teacher leaders affiliated with Emporia State University also attended: Christine Coulter (Tonganoxie School District), Nichole Kuhn (Topeka School District) and Rita Vonada (Lincoln and Hays School Districts).

Children who participated in Dr. Carol Russell’s project, Children Inspire Glass, were at Ellen Plumb's City Bookstore in Emporia November 2. The children from CIGP II were able to take their glass and clay sculptures home. Russell is a member of the early childhood faculty. Russell’s recently published book “Integrating Art in the Inclusive Early Childhood Curriculum” (Common Grounds Publishing) is a culmination of over 40 years of interdisciplinary research and teaching experiences in inclusive arts.

Libby Schmanke, instructor of art therapy, wrote a chapter, “Art Therapy Applications & Substance Abuse,” in the new text “Expressive Therapies within the Medical Model: Clinical Applications.” She also had three articles featured in the launch of a new blog of the Art Therapy Credentials Board. In addition, Schmanke wrote the chapter "Art Therapy Applications and Substance Abuse" in the book Art and Expressive Therapies within the Medical Model: Clinical Applications published by Routledge and released November 16. Schmanke’s book, “Art Therapy and Substance Abuse: Enabling Recovery from Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions” was reviewed in Tijdschrift voor vaktherapie (an expressive arts therapies journal in the Netherlands). 2018, Vol. 3.

Dr. Jim Persinger, Psychology, presented “A Self-Care Framework for School Psychologists” on October 4 at the annual conference of the Kansas Association of School Psychologists in Wichita. Persinger also co-presented a workshop “Gifted and LGBTQ” on October 8 at the annual conference of the Kansas Association of the Gifted, Talented, and Creative at Emporia State. Persinger, President of the Association for Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas, led a discussion on psychological safety at the PERK conference held November 9-10 at ESU. Over 160 students and faculty attended from 17 universities, with most presenting original research.

The Kansas Association for Gifted, Talented and Creative celebrated its 40th anniversary during the October 7-8 convention hosted in the ESU Memorial Union with the theme, Spotlight on Diverse Gifted Learners. Dr. Connie Phelps, Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, served as the 2018 KGTC Convention Chair.  

Todd Roberts, Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, presented “Modernizing Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom: Using Whole Brain Teaching as a Way of Teaching Kids” at the 2018 Kansas Council for the Social Studies Conference October 29 at Emporia State University.

Dr. Mark Stanbrough, Health, Physical Education, & Recreation, presented “Bring It On: Exciting Activities for Teaching Sport Psychology Face-to-Face and Online” and “Coaching Above the Physical-Developing the Holistic Athlete by Intentionally Coaching Mental Skills and Character” at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology’s Annual Conference held October 3-6, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Ken Weaver, Dean of The Teachers College and psychology professor, and George Abel, retired Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning with USD 253 Emporia, presented “Secondary Teacher Expanded Practice Internship During the Pre-Student Teaching Semester” at the annual convention of the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities/The Renaissance Group on October 8 in Charleston, SC.

Dr. Vicki Worrell was honored on October 25 for her years of service at the 2018 Convention for the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance held on ESU’s campus in late October. 

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ALUMNI NOTES

Congratulations to 2019 Horizon Award recipients who are Emporia State alumni:

  • Holly Abel (BSE 17 – Elementary Education) is a first-grade teacher at Riverside Elementary School in Emporia USD 253,
  • Rachel Eck (BSE 16 – Mathematics) is a math teacher at Goddard High School in Goddard USD 265, and
  • Danielle Winkler (BSE 15 – Social Sciences) is an eighth grade Language Arts and American History teacher at Spring Hill Middle School in Spring Hill USD 230.

They will be recognized at the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network conference on February 15. The Kansas Horizon Award program identifies and recognizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state. Learn more…

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Congratulations to Glen Suppes, the 2019 Kansas Superintendent of the Year. Suppes, superintendent of Smoky Valley schools, completed his district certification work at ESU’s The Teachers College. This is the third consecutive year an alumnus of ESU was named Superintendent of the Year by the Kansas School Superintendents’ Association.

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1960s

Berdeen C. (Bauck) Manteufel (BSE 60 - Elementary Education, MS 66 - Educational Administration), Saint Louis, MO, retired after 56 years as an organist. Her career began with lessons from Professor A. D. Schmutz at Emporia State University (then called Kansas State Teachers College). She taught fourth grade in Osage County, for 15 years. She and her husband, Thomas, have been married for 47 years.

Norma J. (Wehking) Hodges (BSE 65 - Physical Education, MS 80 - Master Teacher Secondary), Emporia, was presented a Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation Dance Appreciation Award at the recent KAHPERD Convention held on ESU's campus.  

Dr. Leo W. Pauls (MS 66 - Educational Administration), Emporia, was named one of ESU's 2018 Distinguished Alumni.

Paula E. (Perkins) Williams (BSE 66 - Psychology), Derby, was recently named an honoree to be inducted into the Derby High School Hall of Fame.

1970s

Kenneth W. "Ken" Franz (MS 71 - Industrial Education), Newton, was recently inducted into the 2018 Newton High School Hall of Fame.

Dr. Leila A. "Lee Anne" (Trussell) Coester (BSE 72 - Elementary Education), Cottonwood Falls, recently received the Ray Kurtz Service Award from the Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics.

Ronald W. "Ron" Shilling (BA 72 - Industrial Education), Westphalia, is a part of the Shilling Brother's company named one of three 2018 Kansas Bankers Award winners in Coffey County.

Larry D. Ericson (BSE 73 - Physical Education), Kewannee, IL, was inducted into the Galva Junior-Senior High School Athletic Wall of Fame on January 18, 2019.

Rose M. Haggerty (BSE 74 - Physical Education), Houston, Texas, was named one of ESU's 2018 Distinguished Alumni.

Debra A. (Reetz) Wedel (BSE 74 - Elementary Education, MS 91 - Music Technology), Lawrence, was recently inducted into the Tonganoxie USD 464 Education Hall of Fame.

Cheryl M. Brown-Henderson (MS 76 - Counselor Education), The Villages, FL, was named one of ESU's 2018 Distinguished Alumni. Brown Henderson established and is president of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research, and also owns and operates an educational consulting firm, Brown & Associates.

 

1980s

Evan E. Yoder (BSE 80 - Social Sciences, MS 91 - Educational Administration), Peabody, is a recipient of the Principal Advocate Award from the Kansas School Counselor Association. Yoder is principal at Hillsboro Elementary in Hillsboro School District 410.

Bradley L. "Brad" Hill (BSE 85 - Physical Education), Warrensburg, MO, was recently inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame.

Dr. Melissa D. (Anderson) Reed (BSE 85 - Elementary Education, MS 05 - Master Teacher), Emporia, received the Teaching Innovation Award in July at the Professors of Literacy and Teacher Education special interest group at the International Literacy Association Conference.

Jill Lynch (BSE 89 - Elementary Education), Emporia, received the USD 253 Emporia nominee for Kansas Master Teacher Award in December.

 

1990s

Kristi L. (Nelson) Rucker (BS 90 - Psychology, MS 91 - School Psychology, EdS 93 - School Psychology), Burdett, was recently inducted into the Bullpup Hall of Fame at Caney Valley High School in USD 436.

Kaira M. (Miller) Hayes (BS 91 - Psychology, MS 93 - Psychology, EdS 10 - School Psychology), Ellis, is now an associate professor of psychology at Emporia State University.

Amy L. (Reid) Crawford (BSE 93 - Elementary Education), Reading, is the new interrelated sixth to eighth grade teacher at Osage City Middle School in USD 420.

Lori A. (Autry) Maxwell (BSE 93 - Elementary Education, MS 01 - Educational Administration), Iola, is the new principal for Wichita County Elementary School in USD 467.

Mona S. (Scantlin) Hull (BS 95 - Recreation), Humboldt, was appointed as a trustee on the Allen County Regional Hospital Board of Trustees.

Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez (MS 96 - Psychology), Wichita, was recently promoted to vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Center for Systems Innovation.

Andrea D. (Koehn) Baker (BSE 99 - Elementary Education, MS 04 - Early Child Education), Holcomb, is the new principal at Garfield Early Child Center in USD 457.

Jennifer L. (Callaway) Mercer (BSE 99 - Elementary Education, MS 14 - Master Teacher), Topeka, recently attained certification in generalist/middle childhood from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Reva L. (Johnson) Preeo (BSE 92 - Elementary Education), Larned, was recently recognized as one of the Employees of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2018 at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility.

Rebecca D. "Becky" (King) Sohm (MS 97 - School Psychology, EdS 98 - School Psychology), Rolla, is a new intermediate teacher for grades 3-5 in USD 217.

Trudy M. (Gaskell) Wischropp (BSE 98 - Elementary Education, MS 05 - Instructional Design), Horton, is now a second grade teacher at Horton Elementary School USD 430.

Bradley J. "Brad" Crusinbery (BSE 99 - Elementary Education, MS 04 - Educational Administration), Moran, received Administrator of the Year Award from the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance at the 2018 convention. He is the principal at Iola Middle School.

 

2000s

Lindsey A. (Daniel) Hooper (BSE 01 - Elementary Education), Valley Center, is the new sixth-grade English teacher at Valley Center Middle School in USD 262.

Dr. Mary A. (Decker) Shivley (BA 01 - Communications, MS 04 - Counselor Education), Emporia, is now an assistant professor for leadership studies at Baker University. She also remains on the ESU faculty as a lecturer for the Honors College.

Linda (Watt) Booth (MS 02 - Early Child Education), New Strawn, was named the 2018 Citizen of the Year by the Floyd Lewis Foundation in Coffey County.

Amy Jackson (BS 04 – Psychology, MS 07 – Clinical Psychology) received the Community College Professional Award during the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators’ Region IV West conference in Wichita. Jackson is the director of the student success center at Pratt Community College.

Haley Prophet (BS 05 – Health Promotion), Kansas City, is a senior well-being specialist for Garmin International.

Kylea K. (Ernst) Shoemaker (BS 02 - Psychology, MS 03 - School Psychology, EDS 04 - School Psychology), Lebo, is a new instructor for the psychology department at Emporia State University.

Keita Koyama (BS 03 – Athletic Training) received the Best Presentation Award at the World Congress on Special Needs Education at the University of Cambridge in December.

Mark Padfield (MS 03 – Health, Physical Education, & Recreation) was awarded the Athletic Trainer of the Year at the 2018 Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society in November at Emporia State University. Padfield is a teacher and athletic trainer in Tonganoxie USD 464.

Kara D. (Parre) Hunt (BSE 04 - Elementary Education, MS 14 - Early Childhood Education), Topeka, is a new kindergarten to fourth grade interrelated teacher at Burlingame Elementary School in USD 454.

Amy C. (Soyez) Jackson (BS 04 - Psychology, MS 07 - Clinical Psychology), Pratt, was awarded the Community College Professional Award at the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators Region IV West conference in October.

Jessica L. (Schafer) Knuth (BSE 04 - Elementary Education), Emporia, recently became the special education teacher for Olpe Jr/Sr High School in USD 252.

Tommie L. (Edmiston) Gonsalez (BS 05 - Psychology, MS 08 - School Psychology, EdS 08 - School Psychology), Osage City, is a school psychologist working with pre-kindergarten through 12th grades at Three Lakes Educational Cooperative.

Tad M. Hatfield (BSE 05 - Health Education, Physical Education, MS 09 - Educational Administration PreK-12, Educational Administration), Colwich, was named the 2018 Kansas Elementary Principal of the Year. Hatfield is principal at Andale Elementary in Renwick USD 267.

Sarah N. Lucero (BSE 05 - Elementary Education), Topeka, was named a Topeka 2018 Women of Influence for Education.

Julianna M. Schmid (BSE 05 - Elementary Education, MS 08 - Adaptive Special Education, Special Education), Olpe, is serving as the USD 252 special education coordinator.

Sean P. Bohon (MS 06 - Educational Administration), Olathe, is a recipient of the Principal Advocate Award from the Kansas School Counselor Association. Bohon works at Manchester Park Elementary, Olathe School District USD 233.

Darcy J. Johnson (BS 06 - Sociology, CRT 16, MS 16 - Instructional Design & Technology), Emporia, was elected president-elect for the Kansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators for the 2019-20 year.

Mary E. Skillman (BSE 06 - Elementary Education), New Strawn, is the new fifth grade teacher at Southern Coffey County Middle School in USD 245.

Lana L. (Longacre) Stidham (MS 07 - Educational Administration), Emporia, is the new family and consumer sciences teacher at Marais des Cygnes Valley Middle and High Schools in USD 456.

Marshalla J. Allen (MS 08 - Adaptive Special Education, Special Education), Centralia, recently became a special education teacher for Prairie Hills USD 113.

Lindsey J. Razafsky (BSE 08 - Elementary Education), Leawood, is an instructor for the elementary education, early childhood, and special education department at Emporia State University.

Stephanie L. Saheb (BSE 08 - Elementary Education, MS 14 - Special Education), McLouth, is now teaching second grade at McLouth Elementary School in USD 342.

David Swisher (MS 08 – Instructional, Design & Technology) recently became an instructional designer at the Center for Learning and Innovation at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Elizabeth J. "Beth" (Scriven) Koehn (BSE 09 - Elementary Education, MS 16 - Instructional Design & Technology), Valley Center, is a new sixth-grade social studies teacher at Valley Center Middle School in USD 262.

Nicholas J. "Nick" Morgan (BSE 09 - Elementary Education), Junction City, recently became the new principal for Herington Elementary School in USD 487.

Jana J. Williams (MS 09 - Health, Physical Education, & Recreation), Overland Park, was recently named the Northern Oklahoma College Enid head softball coach.

 

2010s

Lydia A. (Smith) Douglas (MS 10 - Early Child Education), Sterling, is the new preschool teacher for Sterling USD 376.

Sarah S. Gietschier-Hartman (MS 10 - Health, Physical Education, & Recreation), Ballwin, MO, was named one of ESU's 2018 Outstanding Recent Graduates. She teaches health and physical education at Clayton High School in Clayton, MO, a suburb of St. Louis.

Kate (Erickson) Thornton (MS 10 - Educational Administration), Chapman, was recently selected as the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals Area III Assistant Principal of the Year. Thornton is assistant principal at Chapman High School in USD 473.

Lisa A. Gamble (BSE 12 - Elementary Education), Wichita, is a new language arts teacher at Valley Center Middle School in USD 262.

Charles R. "Charlie" Roemer (BA 12 - Psychology), Lawrence, was recently promoted to Senior Human Resource Partner at Cerner Corporation.

Kristine A. "Kristi" (Becker) Yulich (BSE 13 - Elementary Education, MS 16 - Instructional Specialist), Tecumseh, was named Teacher of the Year at Logan Elementary School in USD 345.

Alison "Ali" Boughn (MS 15 - Art Therapy, Mental Health Counseling), Elk Point, SD, was the featured art therapist in the November issue of the American Art Therapy Newsletter.

Cody R. Flinn (MS 15 - Educational Administration), Lincoln, is the new social studies teacher for grades 7-12 at Glasco Schools in USD 334.

Daniel L. Fragel (BS 15 - Recreation), Marysville, is the new assistant director of recreation services at Emporia State University.

Emilea J. Peine (BSE 15 - Elementary Education), Garnett, is a new first grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in USD 257.

Kristen M. (Herrick) Ellender (BSE 16 - Elementary Education), Hartford, is a new first grade teacher for Neosho Rapids Elementary School in USD 252.

Cory C. Olson (BS 16 - Art, MS 18 - Art Therapy), Minneapolis, MN, is a new inpatient art therapist at Prairie Care in Minneapolis.

Dr. Damara G. Paris (CRT 16), Salem, OR, earned her Master Reviewer Certification in Quality Matters over the summer.

Madison Rich (BS 16 – Health Promotion) is the manager of Healthy KC for the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Holly A. Abel (BSE 17 - Elementary Education), Valley Falls, was a recipient of the 2019 Kansas Horizon Award. She teaches first grade at Riverside Elementary School in Emporia USD 253.

Taylor L. Croan (MS 17 - Art Therapy), Lee’s Summit, MO, is the new lead art therapist at Ozanam School in Kansas City.

Jessica Garrett (MS 17 - Curriculum & Instruction), Overland Park, is a new fifth grade teacher at Humboldt Elementary School in USD 258.

Robert M. "Bob" Risch (MS 17 - Educational Administration), Garnett, is the new assistant principal at Central Heights Middle and High School as well as the high school head football coach in USD 288.

Amy M. Turner (MS 17 - Educational Administration), Kinsley, is the new middle and high school special education teacher for Kinsley-Offerle USD 347.

Chelsey M. Wilson (BSE 17 - Elementary Education), Norton, is a new first grade teacher at Jefferson County North Elementary School in USD 339.

Taylor L. Winegarner (BSE 17 - Physical Education), Wichita, is the new physical education teacher for freshman at Iola High School in USD 257.

Ali Boughn (MS 18 – Art Therapy) was the featured art therapist in the November 22 issue of the American Art Therapy Newsletter. Boughn works at the Mercy Child Advocacy Center in Sioux City, IA, providing art therapy to children and adolescents with posttraumatic stress symptoms.

Samantha K. "Sammi" Brandt (MS 18 - Art Therapy, Clinical Counseling), Gardner, recently began working at Cottonwood Springs Behavioral, Addiction, & Mental Health Care.

Ashton M. Dorr (BSE 18 - Elementary Education), Burlingame, is a new third grade teacher at Neosho Rapids Elementary School and volleyball coach at Hartford Junior High School in USD 252.

Mitchell Drey (BS 18 – Recreation) joined the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation as a recreation leader. Drey will supervise Crestview Community Center.

Krystal W. (Wymer) Elias (BSE 18 - Elementary Education), Emporia, is a new preschool teacher at Williamsburg in USD 287.

Brenda L. Francis (EdS 18 - School Psychology), Topeka, recently became the school psychologist at West Franklin School District in USD 287.

Mallory R. Koger (BSE 18 - Elementary Education), Overbrook, is a second grade teacher at Overbrook Attendance Center for the Santa Fe Trail School District 434.

Danielle Naeger (MS 18 - Art Therapy, Clinical Counseling), Sainte Genevieve, MO, recently began working at Cottonwood Springs Behavioral, Addiction & Mental Health Care in Olathe.

Brianna L. "Brie" Thill (MS 18 - Art Therapy, Clinical Counseling), Lawrence, recently began working at Family Service and Guidance Center in Topeka.

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

February 21, 2019 "Strangers in Town," a documentary about the immigrant population in Garden City, KS
March 6, 2019 Teacher Career Fair
March 23, 2019 Art Therapy Discovery Day
April 3, 2019 Kansas Master Teacher Day
April 14, 2019 Spring Migration Triathlon
April 16, 2019 Laps 4 Landon (a community event to raise awareness regarding Cystic Fibrosis and those in our community who battle the disease daily, organized by health and human performance students)
April 23, 2019 Spring 2019 Robotics Competition
May 3, 2019 The Teachers College 2019 Honors Banquet
May 10, 2019 Instructional Design & Technology Master’s Project and Thesis Presentations (all welcome)
May 11, 2019 Spring 2019 Commencement

 


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Winter 2019
Volume 27, Number 2

The Teachers College Newsletter of Emporia State University is an occasional publication designed to inform its audience about activities of the college's departments, students, and alumni. For more information about this newsletter, contact Terri Kaiser, Editor, Campus Box 4036, Emporia State University, 1 Kellogg Circle, Emporia, KS 66801-5087. It is the policy of Emporia State University to guarantee equal employment opportunity, equal educational opportunity, and non-discrimination in the operation and administration of all of its programs and services.