Alumni Achievements


  • Patricia Barra (B.A. ’14), Paul Carter (B.A. ’14), Kristy Mader (B.A. ’00) and Rebekah Young (B.A. ’12) have been named first grade teacher at Prairie Creek Elementary School, social studies teacher at Spring Hill Middle School, special education teacher at Wolf Creek Elementary School, and 6th grade social studies teacher at Spring Hill Middle School, respectively, in the Spring Hill (Ks.) School District for the 2014-15 school year.
  • Damon Kizzire (M.A. ’94) was named superintendent in Kirksville, Mo., now leading 2,600 students and 240 staff, effective July 1. Read his Q&A in the August 3rd Kirksville Daily Express.
  • LaShaundra Randolph (M.A. ‘07) and Kimberly D. Johnson (Ed.S. ’05, M.A. ‘03) recently co-authored “Dealing with Conflict and Handling Difficult Conversations” that has been published by Campus Activities Magazine (Vol. 47, No.2), the official publication of the National Association for Campus Activities. Randolph and Johnson currently are pursuing their doctorates in higher education from the SOE.
  • Rachel McCommon (M.A. ’15 Higher Education Administration) has been nominated for the Graduate Student Spotlight for the NASPA. Read article here: 
  • Kristen Merrell (M.A. ’92 Elementary Education) has been named assistant principal for Great Beginnings Early Education Center in Lee’s Summit, Mo. for the 2014-15 academic year. Previously a kindergarten teacher, Merrell has taught in the district since 1992.
  • Sheryl Cochran, Ph.D., (M.A. ’98 Curriculum and Instruction) assumed the principalship of Meadow Lane Elementary School in Lee’s Summit (Mo.) July 1. Sh has previously worked for the Center and Fort Osage School Districts in the Kansas City area.
  • Lee Allen, (Ed.S. ’14) has accepted the position of vice-principal at Central Academy of Excellence in the Kansas City Public School District.
  • Rodney Watson (Ed.S. ’00, Ph.D. ’07), this year’s Alumni Achievement Award Winner, has been hired to serve as superintendent of Spring (Tx.) Independent School District. The ISD Board of Trustees made its announcement June 23; Watson officially began his work with the district July 1. Read the article in its entirety.
  • Kim Hassler (Ed.S. ’13 Educational Administration) has been named assistant principal for Lee’s Summit and Richardson Elementary Schools in Lee’s Summit, Mo., effective for the 2014-15 school year.  Read the Lee’s Summit Journal article in its entirety.
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    SOE Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

    Watson (Ed.S. ’00, Ph.D. ’07)
    Watson (’64)
    McCanles (’97)
    Yvonne S.
    Wilson (’76)
    Steve L.
    Obenhaus (’88)
    Paul M.
    Rutherford (’99)

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