The College of Education honored three teachers and an administrator at the annual Clyde U. Phillips Awards Recognition Ceremony on April 9.

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 awards went to Timothy Vesco, a fourth grade teacher at Frontenac Elementary School, and Kent Wire, the principal at Chanute High School.

Vesco earned his BSEd in 2001 and his MS in educational leadership in 2009, both from PSU. He has taught fourth grade at Frank Layden Elementary School in Frontenac for 13 years.

Nominators praised Vesco’s teaching techniques. He uses music to introduce or reinforce topics and has created videos with music to popular songs to teach students about the regions of the U.S.

Kent Wire earned his BSEd in physical education from PSU in 1982 and his district level leadership degree in educational leadership in 2011, both from Pittsburg State.

Wire began his career at Greensburg High School as a science and physical education teacher and coach. He moved to Ark City High School in 1987 to become their science teacher and coach. From there he became the assistant principal at Fort Scott High School in 1995 and served in that capacity until he became the principal at Chanute High School in 1999.

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. Two awards, one for elementary level and one for secondary, are given. The 2014 Outstanding Educator Awards went to Melissa Box, a teacher at Carthage (Mo.) Junior High School, and Cory Martin, a second grade teacher at Frank Layden Elementary School in Frontenac.