Alumni Achievements

  • Sierra L. Warren (M.A. ’15) is now an admissions coordinator at MCC Maple Woods in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Barbara R. Grayson, Esq. (B.A., ‘98) joined Jenner & Block in Chicago to launch and co-chair new private wealth practice. Read more.
  • Philip Thies (Ed.D., ’16) has been named principal of Quail Run Elementary School in the Lawrence (Ks.) school district, effective July.
  • Judy G. Jacobs (Ph.D. ’86) was honored with the 2016 UMKC Defying the Odds Award. See her story.
  • Deborah Siebern-Dennis (B.A. ’05), a seventh grade science teacher at Bode Middle School in St. Jopseh, Mo., was honored with the prestigious 2016 Milken Educator Award and $25,000.  Read more.
  • Kristen Merrell (M.A. ’92) has been named principal for Hazel Grove Elementary School (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) for the 2016-17 academic year.
  • (Scott) Harlan Brownlee (M.A. ’04) will receive the UMKC School of Education 2016 Alumni Achievement Award. Read more.
  • Elisabeth Short Johnsrud (M.A. ‘13), professional school counselor at John Fiske Elementary School in Kansas City, Ks., created a Prezi on family engagement that the Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC) is using with school districts across Kansas.  View the Prezi.
  • Cassie Tucker Watson (M.A. ’12) is now Assistant Director at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
  • Jason Anderson (M.A. ’11), has been appointed the area director of Kansas City operations for Park University, effective February 1st. He most recently served the university as development director.
  • Emily Martinez (M.A. ’12), a professional school counselor at Frances Willard Elementary School, was honored by the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools with a Five Star Service Award in December 2015.
  • Dr. Jeanette Cowherd (Ed.S. ’00) has been named superintendent of the Park Hill (Mo.) School District after a unanimous vote of the Park Hill Board of Education.   The appointment is effective immediately.
  • Dr. Matt Miller (B.A. ’99, M.A. ’03, Ed.S. ’10) will become the Moberly (Mo.) schools new superintendent, effective July 1, after a unanimous vote by the Moberly Board of Education.

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SOE Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

2016Harlan Brownlee (M.A. '04)
2015Larry 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)