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Fall 2018 - Vol. 27, No. 1: Inspired. Inspiring. Which of these do you want to be known for?

The Teachers College Newsletter


To Accreditation and Beyond! - How do you ensure your faculty and staff are excited about the upcoming Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation visit? You take on characters from “Toy Story” to convey the different standards. Credits for this production include Dr. Amanda Lickteig as Woody, Dr. Joan Brewer as Buzz Lightyear, Dr. Zeni Colorado-Resa as Etch, elementary education major Andrea L’Ecuyer as Jessie, Dr. Sara Schwerdtfeger as Mr. Potato Head, Dr. Sunnin Keosybounheuang as Rex had an emergency substitution as she was ill, so business major Kara Horton stepped in, Dr. Tiffany Hill as Sarge, and Dr. Ken Weaver as Andy. The Teachers College at Emporia State University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation on Nov. 4-6, 2018. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Learn more...

New Patterson Scholars Announced

Childhoods spent teaching younger siblings and teddy bears. Becoming engrossed in math, history, music, sharing it and helping others understand it. While still in high school themselves, working in classroom settings and feeling the certainty of knowing this was the place they wanted to be, what they wanted to do.

This is what the newest ESU Patterson Scholars have in common.

The Teachers College at Emporia State University is pleased to announce the names of the seven newest Patterson Scholars. Learn more...


All Paths Point to Home

Is there any place better to be and work than on a university campus during the fall semester? Students are back on campus. Classes and laboratories are full. Plentiful high impact learning is afoot. Visiting scholars weekly share their knowledge. The campus is abuzz with student organizations in full swing. Fall briskness is in the air. Exciting athletics. HOMECOMING!

At the core of The Teachers College is its Conceptual Framework, which defines the responsibilities of our students as they become professional, responsibilities modeled by our faculty. A vibrant academic community effervesces with paths for students to become professionals and faculty to advance professionally. Here is a sample of special paths, most of them created by The Teachers College in the last five years, to support student, faculty, and alumni success and change lives for the common good.

If ESU were a sponge and someone squeezed that sponge, 155 years of teaching literacy would gush out. Across all majors and disciplines, across all schools and colleges, and across all those years, reading, listening, speaking, and writing have been enduring outcomes for all Hornets. Literacy is not in ESU’s DNA; it is ESU’s DNA and since ESU was founded as Kansas State Normal, it is in The Teachers College’s DNA. The author with the most #1 bestselling books in the world James Patterson generously supports a scholarship program for education majors because of the university’s commitment to literacy. The Kansas Masonic Literacy Center (KMLC) is a public-private partnership with the Kansas Masonic Foundation housed in the college and dedicated to advancing literacy for all Kansans. Mobilizing Literacy, another public-private partnership with the Jones Trust is part of the KMLC, provides funding to the 11 school districts in Coffey, Lyon, and Osage counties to support all third grade children reading at grade level.

Every undergraduate and graduate academic major requires a capstone clinical high impact learning experience including student teaching, practicum, internship, action research project, and thesis.

The Teachers College Resource Center is newly renovated and supporting all academic programs in the college. The Elementary Education Learning Center supports students getting accepted into Block 1. The summer Kansas Future Teacher Academy celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019 has added an advanced academy to inform and prepare high school students for the rigors of effective teaching.

The mission of Hornet Connected Learning is to prepare our teacher education majors to be leaders in their schools in using mobile technology for teaching and learning. Faculty teach students using mobile devices and instructional technology courses advance the pedagogical foundations of teaching with technology. Elementary education majors start with iPads and secondary education majors start with Chromebooks.

By honoring professionals, the college stands as a beacon for promoting professional ideals. The college honors professionals through recognition program such as induction into the HPER Hall of Honor and the Kansas Master Teacher, now in its 66th year and underwritten by the generosity of Bank of America. The National Teachers Hall of Fame, close partner to The Teachers College, is in its 28th year and requires that nominees complete at least 20 years of teaching.

The university’s Master Plan has really elevated the appearance of Counselor Education in the Earl Center, HPER, and Visser Hall. Renovated classrooms, laboratories, learning commons, and hallways and corridors are stunning and so conducive to teaching and learning.

Student teachers who qualify can teach for four weeks at elementary and secondary partner schools in Indonesia, Paraguay, Finland, Germany, or Denmark. They can also do four weeks in another school district as well as in the classroom of a Member of the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

Besides the National Teachers Hall of Fame, The Teachers College has a very special relationship with the National Memorial to Fallen Educators, Kansas’ first and only national memorial. The college and Emporia State are enriched and their missions advanced by having these two as neighbors on the north end of the campus.  

All eight of these paths and many others lead our students – our treasures – away from ESU to engage the world. Those same paths and many others are ready for our treasured alums to find their way back to Emporia State. This Homecoming, whether you are returning to campus or visiting ESU for the first time since graduating, please stop by the patio of Visser Hall for The Teachers College Homecoming Party on the Patio. Lunch will be served from noon to 1:15 with the football game starting at 2:00.  

If you are unable to attend Homecoming, please do plan to visit. Emporia State has never been better academically and aesthetically; the beauty of the campus mirrors the quality of student and faculty learning. Student and faculty accomplishments abound. You will be even prouder of your alma mater when you see all the changes that have occurred and are occurring right now.  

Ken Weaver, Dean


The 2018 Hornet Heritage Family: The Potter Family – Beginning with the completion of bachelor's degrees in education nearly 50 years ago, the family of Bob and Marge Potter have family members holding 22 undergraduate degrees earned through Emporia State University. In the words of Jessica Potter Mossman, “ESU has been a lifeline for our family over the years. The time each of us has spent at ESU has made it possible for us to raise families, meet significant others, develop personal skills, and gain knowledge that helped us build lives and futures. When you see what ESU has given to other members of your family, you want that for yourself.” Learn more...


On August 24, for the second consecutive year, Governor Coyler proclaimed the first week of September as Kansas Literacy Week. Present at the event were (left to right above):  Ken Weaver, Dean of The Teachers College; Amanda Parkman, Administrative Assistant, Kansas Masonic Literacy Center; Sonja Ezell, elementary education professor; Barbara and Dennis Kear, Director, Kansas Masonic Literacy Center.

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Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer signed a proclamation recognizing the first national memorial in Kansas, the National Memorial to Fallen Educators. Joining him were (left to right above): Rep. Fred Patton; Angie Schreiber, National Teachers Hall of Fame Trustee; Ken Weaver, Dean of The Teachers College and chair of the NTHF Board of Trustees; Rep. Mark Schreiber; and Carol Strickland, NTHF Executive Director. The memorial on the ESU campus was rededicated in a ceremony on June 21. Thanks to three significant gifts this summer, the third granite book for the National Memorial to Fallen Educators is ordered. Another $20,000 is needed to pay for the work. Learn more…



On October 19, there will be an opening reception for Children Inspire Glass III. This is the third class of children who have been able to create their own stories and creature characters and see them transformed from thought to clay to glass with the help of Emporia State Early Childhood Professor Dr. Carol Russell and art students. The reception will be from 3-5pm in Visser Hall. You can view an online photo album to see the creation of one of the children’s characters from clay to glass.

In Fall 2018, the Department of Counselor Education began offering a revised master’s in Clinical Counseling, with concentrations available in addictions counseling, clinical mental health counseling and clinical rehabilitation counseling. Learn more…
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A series of Elementary Math Workshops is being offered this semester. Five workshops for K-6 classroom teachers, curriculum coordinators, instructional coaches, special education, and title teachers will address instruction in several areas, including: operations and algebraic thinking, numbers and operations in base ten, fractions, geometry, and measurement and data. Contact Dr. Lee Anne Coester, 620-341-5372 for more information.
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The Kansas Association for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative is holding its 40th Annual Conference on October 7-8 at Emporia State. Sunday, October 7 the focus will be on parents, students, and families; Monday, October 8 is professional development day. 

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Emporia State’s Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation will host two state conferences during the fall 2018 semester:

  • October 24-26 - Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD)
  • November 18 - Kansas Athletic Trainers Society (KATS)

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School Counseling 2018: School Counseling in a Fast-Paced World, the 69th Annual Fall Conference for Counselors, is being held at Emporia State on November 1. The featured speaker will be Dr. Russell Sabella, Professor of Counseling at Florida Gulf Coast University, who is well-known for being a dynamic and engaging speaker and for his Technology Boot Camp for Counselor workshops conducted throughout the country.

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The author of the 2018 Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award, Hannah E. Harrison, will be speaking at an upcoming literacy conference at Emporia State. The event will also feature literacy experts from across the nation and the state. The 21st Annual Kansas Regional Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Conference to be held November 5 at Emporia State.  The conference will begin with a national expert in understanding of reading and learning disabilities, Dr. Richard Allington. Learn more...
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The Psychology Department is organizing the Association for Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas (PERK) and Nebraska Psychological Society (NPS) present the biennial joint conference, PERK/NPS 2018. Events will be held November 9-10 and feature speakers Dr. John Kello, professor of industrial-organizational psychology at Davidson College, and Dr. Donald Saucier, director of undergraduate studies, chair of the undergraduate program committee, and co-director for the teaching apprenticeship program in the Psychological Sciences Department at Kansas State University.

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ESU is now an Exercise is Medicine (EIM) campus, as designated by the American College of Sports Medicine. October is ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine month and, with a proclamation signed by President Allison Garrett, activities will be held on campus to promote wellness through physical activities. ESU is one of only three Kansas universities to be honored as an EIM campus. EIM is a global initiative committed to the belief that physical activity promotes optimal health, is integral in the prevention and treatment of many medical conditions, and should be regularly assessed and included as part of health care.


The 30th Annual Kansas Future Teacher Academy will be held June 9-13, 2019. Twenty-six students from Kansas high schools participated in the 2018 KFTA, under the direction of Dr. Roger Caswell and Allyson Lyman (Emporia) with Stephanie Bosiljevac (Emporia), Tyler Bosiljevac (Emporia), and Kristin Cotton (Olathe).  Additionally, 10 high school students who previously participated at KFTA, were part of the first advanced academy held simultaneously under the direction of Dr. Heather Caswell. Learn more...

The second year of the Math Leadership Institute (MLI)  is being hosted by the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence. Because elementary teachers must study and teach many subjects, it may be difficult for them to develop the needed expertise in mathematics and the teaching of mathematics. The MLI provides instruction, books, and allows educators access to manipulatives needed in math instruction. Learn more…

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The Flint Hills/National Writing Project, housed in the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence at Emporia State, partnered with Brown v. Board of Education to host Words Matter, a youth writing program, for Topeka area students grades 7-11 in early June. The FHWP also held its fifth Invitational Leadership Institute (ILI) July 9-19, 2018 at ESU. This year the ILI is year-round to embed pedagogy in the day-to-day teaching. Fourteen educators will meet three separate weekends (October, January, and April). Seven FHWP Teacher Leaders participated in the NWP Midwest Conference August 3-6 in Madison, WI: Dr. Heather Caswell (ESU), Dr. Roger Caswell (ESU), Nick Clohecy (ESU), Stacy Harrison (Topeka), Andrea Marshbank (Seaman), Kate Miner (Shawnee Mission), and Mary Williams (Jefferson West). Seven of the 42 sessions were presented by FHWP.

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This summer, the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center (KUALZ) and HPER’s Health & Human Performance program partnered to host the Developing Scholars Program — an eight-week, research-intensive program designed to provide selected students experiential learning opportunities in a wide range of Alzheimer’s disease and brain aging research.
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Emporia State’s Department of Psychology partnered with GLSEN-Greater Kansas City to offer the first annual Youth Summit, an advocacy and leadership training attended by about 20 LGBTQ youth leaders. The event was hosted at the ESU Metro Center in Overland Park on June 23.
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The school psychology program had a week-long orientation session in June with Dr. Jim Persinger and Dr. Carol Daniels to welcome the new candidates to the program. With an anticipated 28 beginning this year, ESU’s program is one of the largest in the country.
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The art therapy program recently received a significant donation of sand tray therapy materials from Dr. Jane Sharp of Lawrence.
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The 2019 Spring Migration Triathlon, organized by HPER faculty member Dr. Mark Stanbrough, will be Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Emporia State University. Do you want to see how the 2018 competitors did? Learn more…


Dr. Ken Weaver, dean of The Teachers College, represented Emporia State at the 50th anniversary of the Comité Paraguay Kansas celebration by the U.S. Embassy on June 28. Emporia State has been an active supporter of CPK for years, accepting Paraguayan students, sending 12 ESU student teachers to co-teach in Paraguay and bringing five Paraguayan teachers to co-teach in Emporia. Two of those are returning this fall to study for graduate degrees in Instructional Design and Technology. While in Paraguay, Weaver visited the Minister of Finance for Paraguay and ESU alumna Lea Giménez (BS 2004 - Economics).


Dr. Melissa Reed, elementary education, and Chieko Zimmerman, elementary education major, organized a summer week-long event for 20 girls entering Grades 4-8 called “Creating Gems Summer Camp.” GEMS stands for Girl talk and Empowering Experiences for Mentoring and Supporting Strong Character. Programing included exploring literature, movies, service in communities and a panel discussion with professional women. GEMS was funded by the ESU Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

Allie Crome, secondary education student and managing editor of The Bulletin, was recently selected as one of the recipients of the Journalism Education Association’s Future Journalism Teacher scholarships. She will receive $1,000 to help her with her degree. The scholarship will be awarded to her at the Journalism Education Association/ National Scholastic Press Association national high school journalism convention in Chicago in November.

Barret Koch, graduate student in psychology, attended Activate: Conference for Leadership Developers held by the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita June 21-23.

Josh Pearson, a health and human performance major preparing for a career in physical therapy, was part of the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s summer scholars program where he worked on several collaborative projects.


ESU elementary education major Paige Bjerkaas won the 2018 Professional Disc Golf Association World Championship in September.



Dr. Nancy Albrecht, Professor in School Leadership, and Melissa Brunner, (MS - Educational Administration, 18), presented "The Impact of Positive Behavioral Supports and Social-emotional Learning Curriculum upon Teaching and Learning" at the Ninth International Conference on Education and Educational Psychology held in Athens, Greece in early October.

Flint Hills/National Writing Project under the direction of Dr. Heather Caswell and Dr. Roger Caswellconcluded two successful federal grants this summer: Advanced Institute to Scale-UP NWP’s College-, Career-, & Community-Ready Writers Program ($20,000) and Invitational Leadership Institute to Invest in Developing New Teacher-Leaders ($15,000).

Dr. Dabae Lee and Dr. Yeol Huh, both in Instructional Design & Technology, co-authored “Technology functions for personalized learning in learner-centered schools” published in the October 2018 edition of Educational Technology Research and Development.

Early childhood and elementary faculty Dr. Carol Russell, Dr. Beth Dobler, Dr. Heather Caswell, and Dr. Jennie Long along with library and archives faculty Terri Summey and Shari Scribner and Kansas Masonic Literacy Center director Dr. Dennis Kear hosted childhood literacy professor Mereia Canals from the University of Vic in Barcelona, Spain, for a one-day international exchange. 

Dr. Carol Russell, Dr. Heather Caswell, both of Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, and Mr. Fletcher Russell collaboratively presented: “The Children Inspire Glass Project at Emporia State University: An interdisciplinary group of university faculty and students work with children to create stories and design creatures to be transformed into glass sculpture” at the International Arts in Society Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 29, 2018.

Dr. Lendi Bland, Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, presented a roundtable session at the Activate: Conference for Leadership Developers held by the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita June 21-23. The title of her session was “Leadership Challenges in an Undergraduate Setting: Using Adaptive and Technical Strategies.” 

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation promoted Associate Dean of The Teachers College Joan Brewer from site visitor to lead site visitor. She will now lead accreditation visits and train site visitors across the nation.  

Dr. Zeni Colorado-Resa, Instructional Design and Technology, co-authored “Undisclosed stories of instructional design female scholars in academia” in the November-December 2018 Women’s Studies International Forum.

Dr. Cate Crosby, TESOL, had an article published, “Engaging, enriching, and empowering immigrant communities with service-learning and digital reading-writing” in September 2018 edition of The Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal.

Dr. Mingchu Neal Luo, School Leadership / Middle and Secondary Teacher Education, research article “ESL teachers’ multiple intelligences and teaching strategies: Is there a linkage?” was published in the July 2018 TESOL Journal.

Dr. Annie Opat, Director, Reading Recovery at Emporia State, and Christine Coulter, Teacher Leader of Reading Recovery and a reading specialist at Tonganoxie Elementary, presented “Investing in Professional Learning: The Positive Impact of Reading Recovery” at the International Literacy Association Conference at Austin, TX. The pair represented the Reading Recovery Council of North America.

Dr. Damara Paris, Counselor Education, earned her Master Reviewer Certification in Quality Matters over the summer.

Alvin Peters, Director of Great Plains Center for National Teacher Certification, was recently appointed to the CAEP Standards Review Committee representing the National Council for the Social Studies.

Dr. Jim Persinger, Psychology, presented at the GLSEN National Chapter Leadership Institute on July 29 in Austin, TX. His workshop was “Self-Care for Helpers:  What Gives Us Energy, and What Drains It?”

Dr. Keith Pfannenstiel, Health, Physical Education and Recreation, co-wrote “Effects of Resistance Exercise Training on Doxorubicin-Induced Cardiotoxicity” in the June 2018 Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology.

Dr. Melissa Reed, Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, received the Teaching Innovation Award in July at the Professors of Literacy and Teacher Education special interest group at the International Literacy Association Annual Conference in Austin, TX.

Dr. Carol Russell, Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, was a featured author at Emporia’s Ellen Plumb’s City Bookstore for the “After Dark Event” on August 25. Russell shared readings from Sandwiched! Tales, Tips, and Tools to Balance Life in the Sandwich Generation; and from her upcoming book, Integrating Art in the Inclusive Early Childhood Curriculum. She also shared a children’s book, I Like Rocks, co-authored with her daughter, Tally Russell, an ESU alumna.

Libby Schmanke, Art Therapy / Counselor Education, presented on “Using SoulCollage® for Recovery from Addiction and Other Shame-bearing Conditions” at the 11th SoulCollage® Facilitator Conference, June 28-July 1 in Wallingford, PA.

Dr. Matt Seimears, Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, Professor, served as an external reviewer for a faculty member at a Division I institution nominated for promotion to professor.

Dr. Mark Stanbrough, Health, Physical Education and 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 Oct. 3-6, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Mark Stanbrough, Health, Physical Education and Recreation, presented “Planning Practice: Intentional Coaching in Three Dimensions” at the North American Coach Development Summit in June sponsored by the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) in Orlando, FL. Stanbrough serves on the National Board of Directors for the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education, a program of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence.

Dr. Mark Stanbrough, Health, Physical Education and Recreation, presented “Mental Skills and Drills to Enhance Running Performance” at the Science of Coaching workshop in late July sponsored by the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

In May, Dr. Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro, Art Therapy / Counselor Education, provided school-based art therapy services in Florida.

Dr. Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro, Art Therapy / Counselor Education, attended board of directors meetings of the American Art Therapy Association in late June in Washington, D.C. She serves on the AATA’s diversity, equity, and inclusion task force for the association and the board engaged in trainings in those areas.

Dr. Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro, Art Therapy / Counselor Education, and Dr. Lynnette Schreiner, associate professor, nursing, wrote “Using Non-Traditional Curricular Tools to Address Death and Dying in Nursing Education,” which will be published in the June 2019 issue of the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing.

Dr. Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro, Art Therapy / Counselor Education, was recently elected to the American Art Therapy Association’s National Nominating Committee. In October, she is facilitating a presentation by two graduate art therapy students, Kim Nguyen and Vivian Mosier at the Tilford Conference in Ft. Hays, KS.


Congratulations to recent art therapy graduates in their new jobs:
•    Cory Olson (MS 18), inpatient art therapist at Prairie Care in Minneapolis, MN.  
•    Sammi Brandt (MS 18) and Danielle Naeger (MS 18)are joining fellow art therapy alum Andrea McMahon at Cottonwood Springs in Olathe.
•    Taylor Croan (MS 17), lead art therapist at Ozanam in Kansas City.
•    Brie Thill (MS 18), at Family Service and Guidance center in Topeka.
•    Amelia Jenny (MS 18), inpatient art therapist at Lincoln (NE) Regional Behavioral Health.
•    Kasen Keller (MS 18) is with the ADAPT mobile crisis team in Dallas/Ft.Worth, TX.


Mohammad Daouk (BS – Computer Science, 18) showed Dr. Ken Weaver, Dean of The Teachers College the new Meta augmented reality headgear this spring. Daouk worked with Dr. Janet Holland, professor in Instructional Design and Technology, on a project to learn how to use Meta and create 3D hologram objects that can be moved and resized by the viewer.

Katie McGlinn (MS - Educational Administration, 18) presented her spring practicum project to a group of educators at the Safe and Supportive Schools Conference in Wichita on September 24. McGlinn, after careful research and planning, developed and piloted a survey for primary students to help them recognize their emotions and feelings, the first step in helping them manage their feelings. The project was under the supervision of her practicum professor, Dr. Tim Marshall. “This is an excellent example of how action research should work in the schools. Leaders see a need and design a simple study to meet the need”, noted Marshall. “Ms. McGlinn has a tool that she can continue to use and review results and that tool is available to others in her building. Based on the response to the presentation, there will likely be other educators using her study to help students in their understanding of their emotions.” McGlinn and Marshall will present in Wichita on October 15 at the Kansas State Department of Education’s Annual Conference.


Robert (BSE 54 - Biology, MS 83 - Physical Education) and Donnece Harsh, Cassoday, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in June.

The late Gerald Christensen (BSE 1959, MS 1964) was inducted posthumously into the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Council Hall of Fame in June. He coached the Topeka Thunderbolt Track Club from 1965 until 2009. He died in May 2017.


Michael L. "Mike" Nash (BSE 69 - Physical Education), Topeka, recently received the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association's Clint Hill Service Award.


Linda L. (Bennett) Kerschen (BSE 71 - Elementary Education), Cunningham, was inducted into the USD 332 Cunningham Hall of Fame recently.

Carol M. (Lawler) Warren (BSE 71 - Elementary Education), Wichita, recently retired from teaching.

Norman W. (BSE 72 - Industrial Education) and Gloria A. (Modeland) Winter (BSE 71 - Elementary Education), Hillsboro, recently retired from Marion County Special Education Cooperative.

George R. Abel (BSE 73 - Physical Science, MS 74 - Counselor Education), Emporia, recently retired from his position as Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for the Emporia USD 253 after 27 years with the district.


Ruth A. (Travis) Bartlett (BSE 81 - Elementary Education), Fowler, recently retired after a 34-year teaching career.

Anita R. (Brady) Peak (BSE 83 - Elementary Education, MS 18 - Curriculum and Instruction), Derby, graduated from ESU in May with her son, Cameron. Anita earned her second degree from ESU, while Cameron earned his first with a BSE in Elementary Education.

Leanne G. (Schoen) Dankenbring (BSE 89 - Elementary Education), Marysville, is a new teacher for Marysville Elementary School in USD 364.

Dr. DawnElla M. (Braley) Rust (MS 89 - Health, Physical Ed, & Recreation), Nacogdoches, TX, was named the Stephen F. Austin State University  2018-19 Regents Professor, an honor reserved for exemplary community and university role models and the highest honor the university bestows upon faculty members.


Wayne Morrow (MS 91 - Health, Physical Education & Recreation), Norwich, is retiring after a 37-year career in education.

Jennifer A. (Burgess) Harp (MS 92 - Master Teacher Secondary), Osawatomie, is the new Spanish teacher at Paola Middle School in USD 368.

Ty M. Baumgardner (BSB 93 - Marketing, MS 95-Health, Physical Education, & Recreation), Buford, GA, is the new men's basketball coach at West Wood High School in Columbia, SC.

Steve N. Harmon (BA 93 - Political Science, MS 96 - Counselor Education, MS 08 - Instruction Design & Technology), Emporia, upon return from deployment, has assumed responsibility as Command Sergeant Major for 69th Troop Command for the Kansas Army National Guard and management of the KSARNG Education Services Office.

Jesse W. Griffin (BSE 94 - Mathematics, BSE 94 - Psychology, MS 97 - Health, Physical Education, & Recreation), Lee’s Summit, MO, was recently selected as the 2017-2018 National High School Girls' Track and Field Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association.

Dr. Brian D. Smith (MS 94 – Counselor Education), Galena, is the new superintendent for Columbus USD 493.

Tamara "Tammy" S. (Hart) Walters (BSE 95 - Elementary Education), Olathe, was recognized by Teach360 as the New K12 Teacher of the Year.

Ryan S. Horne (BSE 96 - Elementary Education, MS 03 - Educational Administration), Overland Park, is the new principal at Broken Arrow Elementary School in USD 512.

Nichele A. (Gaston) Cauble (BSE 97 - Elementary Education), Liberal, will serve as President for the Beta Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Women's Education Society for the 2018-2020 term.


Dustin T. Delaney (BS 03 - Recreation, MS 14 - Educational Administration), Aurora, CO, is the new physical education teacher and head football coach at Eaglecrest High School.

Burl D. Powell (MS 04 - Counselor Education), Olathe, is the new counselor for Paola Middle School and Paola High School in USD 368.

Megan R. (Luna) Stuchlik (BSE 04 - Elementary Education), Lost Springs, is returning to Centre Elementary School to teach fourth grade in USD 397.

Jason Briar (MS 05 - Health, Physical Education, & Recreation), Sterling, is the new Vice President for Student Life at Sterling College. He previously was a middle school and high school principle for Fairfield USD 310.

Sarah N. Lucero (BSE 05 - Elementary Education), Topeka, is a 2018 recipient of Topeka's Women of Influence. She also received the Topeka Public School's Elementary Administrator of the Year and Distinguished Staff awards.

Brian L. Schuh (BSE 05 - Physical Education, MS 16 - Health, Physical Education, & Recreation), Riley, is the new athletic director for Marion High School in USD 408.

Christina M. (Wolfe) Gibson (BS 06 - Health Promotion), Lenexa, recently became the Quality Project Manager at IQVIA.

DeAnna L. Pierce (MS 07 - Educational Administration), Wichita, is the new district-wide Assistant Elementary School Principal for USD 490.


Josh Greaves (BSE Secondary Education - Art, 2011) received recognition as an “All Means All Star” by the Shawnee Mission School District in May. See the video…

Douglas S. Marshall (BS 11 - Recreation), Garden City, is the new Head Track/Field Coach at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs.

Katherine A. Rosenbaum (BSE 11 - Elementary Education), Overland Park, is a new learning disabilities teacher at Broadmoor Elementary School and will be working as the behavior and autism support specialist.

Asher A. Delmott (BA 12- Psychology), Lebo, qualified and ran in the 2018 Boston Marathon.  

Matthew S. "Scott" Donaldson (MS 13 - Business Education and Educational Administration), Riverton, is the new Director of Admissions at Pittsburg State University.

Eric L. Busteed (MS 14 - Special Education), Toronto, is the new elementary and middle school principal for USD 366 Yates Center.

Kyley A. Gatz (MS 14 - School Counseling and Educational Administration), Hiawatha, is the new principal of Hiawatha Middle School in USD 415.

Boshner Whitaker (BSE 14 - Physical Education) was interviewed for “Low pay, teacher shortages create recruiting challenges in Kansas” which ran in the May 30, 2018 edition of the Topeka Capital-Journal.  

Megan M. Crosley (BSE 15 - Elementary Education), El Dorado, is a new Peabody-Burns Elementary School Title 1 teacher and middle school girls' volleyball and basketball coach in USD 398.

Taylor M. Reichard (BS 15 - Psychology, MS 17 - Health, Physical Education, & Recreation), Marion, is the new head softball coach at Kansas Wesleyan University.

Alison Boughn (MS 16 - Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling) discussed teen suicide rates in an article published in the June 20 edition of the Sioux City Journal.

Brittany Jacobson (BSE 16) received the Susan’s Surprise Award in the spring. Jacobson, a kindergarten teacher at Meadow Lane Elementary School in Olathe, was selected from more than 200 nominations for the award, created by the family of the late Susan Spears, a former Olathe teacher.

Alexander M. "Max" Venable (BS 16 - Rehabilitation Services Education), Baldwin City, is the new 7th-12th grade counselor for USD 397.

Abigail N. Biggs (BSE 17 - Elementary Education), Spring Hill, is the new first grade teacher at Cottonwood Elementary School in Paola USD 368.

Mark Felvus (MS 17 - Educational Administration), Garden City, is the new principal at Garden City Alternate Education Center.

Jeremy Holloway (MS 17 - Educational Administration), Louisburg, is the new principal at Louisburg High School in USD 416.

Breanna L. Samuels-Henry (BSE 18 - Elementary Education), Piedmont, is the new third grade teacher at Marshall Elementary School in USD 389.

Jordan Spellman (BSE 18 - Elementary Education) is featured in a video for Fundamental Learning Center about working with students who have dyslexia.



October 6, 2018 William Allen White Book Award Celebration
October 11-12, 2018 Fall break
October 19-20, 2018 Homecoming 2018
October 24-26, 2018 HPER hosts 2018 Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, & Dance (KAHPERD) Convention
November 5, 2018 21st Annual Kansas Regional Reading Recovery® and Early Literacy Conference
November 6-8, 2018 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) onsite accreditation visit
November 8, 2018 Future Training Opportunities for Child Care & Preschool Professionals: Themes & Literacy Integration with Tasia Markaowitz and Jodi Case
November 9-10, 2018 Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas (PERK) annual conference, meeting jointly with the Nebraska Psychological Society. Teaching pre-conference on November 9.
November 13, 2018 Teacher Career Fair
November 18, 2018 Kansas Athletic Trainers Society (KATS) Symposium
November 27, 2018 Fall 2018 Robotics Competition
December 8, 2018 Kansas National Strength & Conditioning Association Clinic
December 14, 2018 Instructional Design & Technology Master’s Project and Thesis Presentations (all welcome)
January 18, 2019 Instructional Design & Technology Department Welcome Back Lunch (IDT/TESOL students welcome)
February 9, 2019 Future Training Opportunities for Child Care & Preschool Professionals: Round Table Discussion and Motor/OT Development with Jennifer Williams
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)
June 9-13, 2019 30th Annual Kansas Future Teacher Academy

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Fall 2018
Volume 27, Number 1

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.