Alumni Achievements

  • Margaret McCarthy (M.A. ’17) is now program coordinator for the University of Missouri – St. Louis’s Bridge Programs.
  • Jennifer Waddell (M.A. ‘00, Ph.D. ’05) will be director of the UMKC School of Education’s Institute for Urban Education (IUE) and the Sprint Foundation Endowed Professor, effective September 1.
  • Darryl Chamberlain (B.A. ’15) is profiled in The Kansas City Star for impacting his community by building the A-Flat Youth Symphony, one instrument at a time.
  • Lynn Smithmier Knoch (M.A. ’07, Ed.S. ’14) was selected 2017 High School Counselor of the Year for the Northwest Missouri School Counselors Association and will now advance to consideration for the Missouri School Counselor of the Year award.  Knoch is the school counselor at Lawson High School in Lawson, Mo.
  • Dr. Jeffery Meisenheimer (M.A. ’00, Ed.S. ’06) has been named Principal of the Year from the Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals Association.
  • John Cisetti (M.A. ’79, Ed.S. ’85) is one of 24 alumni from three connected families honored with UMKC’s 2017 Legacy Award.  Cisetti has served as director of Louisburg (Kansas) High School band for nearly 40 years.
  • Childers Counseling Service, owned by Martha P. Childers (M.S. ’08, Ed.S. ’13) was named a 2017 American Small Business Champion by SCORE.
  • Cynthia Gerdes (Ed.S. ‘10) has been named Greater Kansas City School Counselor Association’s Middle School Counselor of the Year.  She has served as a professional school counselor at Raytown (Mo.) Middle School for seven years.
  • Dr. Vickie S. Murillo (M.A. ’97) has been chosen as superintendent of the Council Bluffs (Iowa) School district, effective July 1.
  • Dr. David Sharp (M.A. ’99, Ed.S. ’03) has been named assistant superintendent in Lee’s Summit (Mo.) as of July 1.

SOE Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

2017 – Dr. David Sharp (M.A. ’99, Ed.S. ’03)

2016 – Harlan Brownlee (M.A. ’04)

2015 – Larry Long (Ph.D., ’97)

2014 – Rodney Watson (Ed.S. ’00, Ph.D. ’07)

2013 – Dorothy Watson (’64)

2012 – Suzanne McCanles (’97)

2011 – Steve L. Obenhaus (’88)



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