Each spring, the College of Education recognizes one outstanding elementary and secondary teacher who have distinguished themselves within their first seven years of service and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to education.

Hope Lickteig, a third-grade teacher at Central Heights Elementary School in Richmond, Kansas, is the recipient of the Outstanding Elementary Educator Award. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from PSU in 2008, and her master’s in technology integration in 2013. Her colleagues called her classroom “a laboratory of learning.”

Lickteig also taught at Spring Hill Elementary and Wolf Creek Elementary in Spring Hill, Kansas. She said the hands-on learning experiences at Pittsburg State, combined with the personal interest of faculty, contributed to her success.

She was nominated for Teacher of the Year at both Spring Hill and Richmond.

Barbara Hilt, a high school speech and theater teacher at Garden City, Kansas, High School, is the recipient of the Outstanding Secondary Educator Award. Hilt received her bachelor’s degree in theatre from Culver-Stockton College in 2002 and her master of arts in teaching from Pittsburg State in 2012. Her colleagues observed that hers is the fastest growing program in the high school since she began.

She also taught at Frontenac, Kansas, and Nevada, Missouri. Hilt said all of her teachers in the College of Education were excellent, and when her students say they want to become teachers, she encourages them to attend Pittsburg State.

Hilt and her students have won numerous statewide awards for their productions from Music Theatre Wichita.