Alumni Achievements

  • Khadian Kelly (M.A. ’10) is director of compliance at the University of Central Florida.
  • Jeff Barbee (M.A. ‘15), currently finishing his doctoral degree at the UMKC School of Education, played a free concert as a member of The Four Horsemen Tuba/Euphonium Quartet at Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church in Hungtington, WV, on November 8.   He regularly travels around the country, giving master classes and presenting his research on how the human brain learns as a musician.
  • Edward Leonard, III (Ph.D., ’92), previously president of Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS, was introduced this summer as the 14th president of Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, AL.
  • Allen ‘Al’ Tunis (Ed.S. ’81), named interim superintendent for Kansas City Public Schools in 2015, spoke at Northwest Missouri State University’s (Maryville, Mo.) Ploghoft Diversity Lecture on October 20. He outlined his experiences working in an urban school district with diverse populations and the careers available in those environments. Since 2011, Tunis also has June served KCPS as chief financial officer.
  • Dr. Juliette Jarvis-Pennyman (Ed.S. ’03), who serves as assistant superintendent in the Reading School District in Pennsylvania, was profiled in the St. Croix Source in an ongoing feature that highlights Virgin Islanders who excel in their respective fields. Read more.
  • Dr. David Sharp (M.A. ‘99, Ed.S. ’03), was recognized as Missouri’s 2015 High School Principal of the Year by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. He currently serves as principal of Lee’s Summit West High School in Lee’s Summit, Mo.
  • Dr. Tammy Bunch (M.A. ’05), professional school counselor at Topping Elementary School in North Kansas City (Mo.) has been selected as the Missouri School Counselor Association’s 2015-16 Elementary School Counselor of the Year. She will be honored at the MSCA fall conference in November.
  • Dr. Jo Anne Lyon (M.A. ‘68), General Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church since 2008, has been named to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Read more.
  • Erica Bumpers, Ph.D. (M.A. ’00, Ed.S. ’01), earns 2015 Excellence in Education Award and is profiled in The St. Louis American. Read more.
  • Jenny Jackaway Albro (M.A. ’12) has been named one of the top 30 professionals in literacy under the age of 30 by the International Literacy Association.  Read more.
  • 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.

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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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