Alumni Achievements

  • Rebecca (Becky) Byers Hallberg (B.A. ’14) and Vonnchet Traylor (B.A. ’13) were among the 61 teachers recognized as The Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s 2015 Outstanding Beginning Teachers.
  • 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.

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SOE Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

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

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