The College of Education honored three teachers and an administrator for their distinguished service, excellence, and outstanding efforts at the annual Clyde U. Phillips Awards Recognition Ceremony on April 29.
The Clyde U. Phillips Distinguished Service Award is given to one teacher and one administrator whose careers have been highlighted by significant achievement and excellence in education. This year, the administrator’s award went to Steve Parsons, superintendent of USD 413 in Chanute, Kan. The educator’s award went to John Holloway, an 11th/12th grade physics teacher at Blue Valley High School in Stilwell, Kan.
The Outstanding Educator Award is given to persons who have shown, within their first seven years of service, the potential to make significant contributions to education. The 2010 Outstanding Educator Awards went to Andrea Merrick, a fourth grade teacher at Frank Layden Elementary School in Frontenac, Kan., and Christen Jackson, a mathematics teacher at Girard High School in Girard, Kan.
The Clyde U. Phillips awards were established in memory of Clyde U. Phillips, a graduate of Pittsburg State University and a well-known Kansas educator. Phillips, who met his wife, Fern Field Phillips when they were both students at PSU, completed his career in education as the superintendent of schools in Hays. In their will, the Phillipses bequeathed a sum of money to support the awards.