A first-grade teacher at a small school district who struggled with reading as a child, and a physical education teacher at a middle school in a district of 11,227 students who is passing his love of basketball on to youth, were chosen by the College of Education for distinguished service.

Chad Dozier

Chad Dozier

Chad Dozier (’12), of Heller Elementary in Neodesha, Kansas, was awarded the Outstanding Elementary Educator Award. His nominators noted that he goes above and beyond for his students and his colleagues. He has chaired committees, is a district site council member, was the high school golf coach, has worked for the elementary after-school program, and has been instrumental in mentoring countless teachers. He’s also active in the community.

Dakota Jones

Dakota Jones

Dakota Jones (’18), of George Bode Middle School in St. Joseph, Missouri, was awarded the Outstanding Secondary Educator Award. His nominators noted that he is an excellent role model, volunteers for bus duty every day, has dance-offs in the locker room, and started a morning basketball club to encourage students to get up and be active. A former Gorilla basketball player, he was a multiple-year member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll as a physical education major and started 40 of 69 career games.