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Education
“Fuel Up to Play 60!”

“Fuel Up to Play 60!”

Gorilla tight end Kyler Ray had the chance to see things from a different perspective on the field last fall when he, along with classmates in the Health, Human Performance, and Recreation Department, got to do some coaching at Carnie Smith Stadium.  He and his fellow physical education majors oversaw several simultaneous flag football games...

Award-winning

The College of Education chose Steve Lilly, superintendent of schools for USD 342 at McLouth, Kansas, as the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Service Administrator Award, and Jimmika Lawson, instructional coach to classroom teachers at Silver City Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas, for the 2019 Distinguished Teacher Award.  Lilly (MS ’96) has worked in public education...

Two Gorillas recognized for school counseling

Two Gorillas were nominated as Kansas School Counselor Association School Counselor of the Year and were recognized at the fall conference of the KSCA. Both are employed by Pittsburg schools; Melinda Walsh DeGruson (’93 BSED, ’97 MS, ’01 EdS), is now in her 22nd year as a counselor and works at Lakeside Elementary. Brandi Wimmer Dalgarn (’04 BSEd, ’06 MS), is...
A teacher-leader

A teacher-leader

Tim Vesco (BSEd ‘01, MSEd ‘09) believes that in order for his students to become life-long learners, he needs to be a life-long learner. His motto: “You can’t teach wi-fi kids with landline strategies.”  Throughout nearly 20 years of teaching in the small, rural district of Frontenac, Kansas, he’s made it a priority to learn new technologies that, once implemented...
Student project aids firefighters

Student project aids firefighters

Three of the first students to attend classes in the Kansas Technology Center had such a transformative experience, they reciprocated — and in a big way. Dallas Grothusen (’00), Kelly Burgess (’01), and Ted Polzer (‘02), went on to become leaders with CNH Industrial. In the spring, they returned to campus to help the Department...

Pilot program

A new degree option was introduced last academic year as a pilot program by the College of Education. Beginning in the second semester of their freshman year, students may now complete the Elementary Education Unified program in which they earn both general and special education teaching licenses for grades K-6 simultaneously. The pilot program was...

Teacher scholarships

The College of Education has received a $539,281 grant from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to provide scholarships, mentoring, and laptops to 25 teachers from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, who are Hispanic and/or are teaching in districts with Hispanic populations ranging from 15 percent to greater than 50 percent. Participants will earn...

Global dyslexia initiative

Inspired by a former prison inmate who went on to become an Emmy-nominated actor, PSU’s Center for READing has joined the Dyslexia Awareness Foundation to implement a global dyslexia screening and remedial reading intervention initiative in schools, jails, prisons, and community centers. It’s designed to improve literacy for children, teens, adults, and incarcerated persons, and...

College recognizes achievements

 

Outstanding educators

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 (’12), of Heller...

College of Education earns national accreditation

The College of Education has received accreditation from the nationally-recognized Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation — one of only two universities in Kansas to do so. It’s based on rigorous standards developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs, and means students have received an education that prepares them to succeed in teaching in a diverse...

Teachers of Promise

The College of Education recognized two December graduates as Teachers of Promise. Commerce, Okla., native Madison Freeman excelled in math in middle school. That inspired her to seek a degree teaching math, and now she’s back in an eighth-grade classroom — this time in Tahlequah, Okla., as a newly-graduated teacher. Freeman transferred to PSU from...