The College of Education chose Marcia Base, a special education teacher at Andover Middle School in Andover, Kan., as the 2018 Distinguished Service Teacher, and Derek Holmes, principal at Concordia Elementary School in Concordia, Kan., for the Distinguished Service Administrator award. They received their awards in December.

Base (BSEd ’81, MSEd ’83) is a native of Pittsburg whose father, Richard Jacques, was a long-time professor in the Department of Printing. Assisting at a school with children for special needs in her youth put her on the path for her degrees and career.

“It was like a call that this is where I’m supposed to be, this is what I’m supposed to do,” she said. She is now in her 35th year in teaching at Andover.

Holmes (MEd ’99), a native of Chanute, Kan., worked as a teacher, coach, and administrator at Altoona-Midway, Iola, and Beloit, Kan., before joining the Concordia district 11 years ago.

He takes pride in maintaining a positive school climate and giving students a positive, safe, and enjoyable learning environment.

“Our story is the lives we touch, the impact we have on students. That’s the story that needs to be told,” he said. “We need great educators. It’s critical we get people who will be role models for students.”