Each spring, the College of Education honors a small number of teachers and administrators with the Clyde U. Phillips Awards. This longstanding event honors one administrator and one teacher for achievement and two teachers (elementary and secondary) for their success in the first seven years of their professional careers.

In April, the awards for distinguished service went to Terri Hart, coordinator for curriculum, instruction and assessment for the Joplin Schools, and Glenn Bliss, a physical education teacher at Pittsburg Community Middle School. The outstanding education awards went to Lacey Hight, a third-grade teacher at Central Elementary School in Baxter Springs, Kan.; and Matt Robertson, a U.S. history and world geography teacher at Wyandotte High School in Wyandotte, Okla.

“This is always a special night,” said College of Education Dean Howard Smith. “It is truly inspirational for the students to see these educators and hear their personal stories.”

Terri Hart has served as coordinator of curriculum, assessment, and instruction for Joplin Schools since 2010. Prior to her current role, she served as a middle school teacher and instructional coach in the Joplin Schools. Hart graduated from PSU in 2005 with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She completed a master’s degree in educational leadership at PSU in 2010 and is the recipient of PSU’s Graduate School Excellence in Professional Service Award.

Glenn Bliss earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from PSU in 1972 and a master’s degree in physical education, also from PSU, in 1977. He added an administrative endorsement in 1987 from Pittsburg State. Bliss’ early career was at the elementary level where he served as a physical education teacher at Eugene Field, Westside and George Nettels Elementary Schools in Pittsburg. In 1991, after 20 years in elementary schools, Bliss moved to Pittsburg Middle School and has served there since.