Alumni Achievements

  • Alison Ayers (M.A. ’14) is assistant director of Student Life – Fraternity & Sorority Life at Missouri S&T in Rolla.
  • Diane Balagna (M.A. ’11) has been chosen as a speaker at the March 2018 SXSWedu in Austin, Texas. Only 15% of submitted proposals were selected.
  • Jerad Green (M.A. ’14) is the new associate director of Multicultural Affairs at Clemson University.
  • 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.

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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