Alumni Achievements

  • Jamie Hatfield (B.A. ’92, M.A., ’99) and Jen Posson (M.A. ’04) were named Excellence in Teaching Award winners by the Lee’s Summit (Mo.) Chamber of Commerce this spring. Hatfield teaches at Bernard Campbell Middle School; Posson at Summit Pointe Elementary.
  • Kristin Spain (M.A. ’13) has accepted a position as an honors advisor for nonprofit American Honors, which partners with community colleges to assist students in honors classes in career exploration and academic success.
  • Keith Mispagel (M.S. ’03), superintendent of Fort Leavenworth’s Unified School District 207, was appointed at-large director for Region II of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS).
  • Phyllis Hudecki (Ed.S., ’88,), executive director of the Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition, joined the Oklahoma State School Superintendent-Elect transition team.
  • Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has named Sue Ann Childers (M.A. ’81) as new Christian County Eastern District Commissioner, citing her admirable service as a public school teacher for 25 years. Read more.
  • Caroline Helmkamp (Ed.S. ’91) was one of six awardees honored at the WIN for KC Women’s Sports Award Celebration in Kansas City. Read about her lifelong passion for bicycling in BikeWalkKC.
  • Sara Jahnke (M.A. ’04, Ph.D., ’06), director of the Center for Fire, Rescue and EMS Health Research at the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., argues that the benefits of exercise while firefighters are on duty outweigh the risk for injuries. Read the article in Fire Chief.
  • John A. Seldler (M.A. ’90), named Kansas City Athletic Director of the Year in 2007, has been named associate principal and athletic director of Gardner Edgerton High School (Gardner, KS) for the 2015-16 academic year. Read the article in the Gardner News.
  • Carol Charismas (M.A. ’70) was inspired by Nelson Mandela to return to teaching full-time. Read the article in The Kansas City Star.
  • Kathy Webster (M.A. ’79) has been named the new chair of the board of directors for The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. Read more.
  • Adam Finkelston (B.A. ’04), produces a quarterly journal, The Hand, as a forum for artists working in photography and printmaking. Read the article in The Kansas City Star.
  • Joe Seabrooks (’95 M.A., ’96 Ed.S., ’01 Ph.D.) was inducted into the 7th UMKC Athletics Hall of Fame Class on January 23rd along with prior teammates of the 1991-92 UMKC Men’s Basketball Team.

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SOE Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

2015 Larry Long (Ph.D., '97)
2014Rodney Watson (Ed.S. ’00, Ph.D. ’07)
2013
Dorothy Watson (’64)
2012Suzanne McCanles (’97)
Yvonne S. Wilson (’76)
2011
Steve L. Obenhaus (’88)

  Alumni Achievement Award Recipient Archive