The College of Education chose Jason Walker, principal and athletic director at the middle school in Baxter Springs, Kansas, as the 2017 Distinguished Service Administrator, and Steve Davidson, math teacher and coach at the high school in Lakin, Kansas, as the 2017 Distinguished Service Teacher.

Walker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from PSU in 1997, followed by his Master of Science in Education Leadership in 2001 and his Educational Specialist degree in 2016.

“I chose education as a career because I wanted to share my love of science with young people,” he said.

Davidson graduated from Labette County High School in Altamont, Kansas, in 1981, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in education from PSU in December 1987.

“It’s been rewarding,” Davidson said of his career in education. “To be a good coach, you have to be a good teacher — and there’s no doubt in my mind that the coaching part also helps out in the classroom. They both go together.”

The two were honored in a ceremony in December at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.