Alumni Achievements


  • 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.
  • Sarah Fox-Linton (M.A. ‘13 Higher Education Administration) has been hired by America’s Graduates (JAG) to work with at-risk students at Atchison (Ks.) High School and Alternative School. Visit for more information.
  • Sister Patricia Lewter (M.A. ‘76) celebrated her 60th jubilee in May 2014 in recognition of the anniversary of the date she was received as a novice into the congregation. She and another nine celebrants were honored with a special Mass, program and dinner at the Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia, Kansas. Read the full article in the Salina News:
  • 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.
  • Ronda Hubbard (Ed.S. ‘97) has been named Women’s Basketball Head Coach at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.
  • Chris Oestreich (M.A. ’94 in Higher Education Administration), has been named head basketball coach for the Bismarck (Ark.) High School Lady Lions.  Read more.
  • Dr. Damon Kizzire (M.A. ’94 in Curriculum and Instruction) has been chosen to lead the Kirksville R-III School District as of July 1, 2014.  He is currently the superintendent of the Richmond R-XVI School District and has 23 years of experience as an educator and administrator.
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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)

    Alumni Achievement Award Recipient Archive