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Education

PSU grad crowned Mrs. United States

Three-time Pittsburg State graduate Samantha Reinecke was crowned Mrs. United States this summer in Orlando, Florida — a surreal experience she found  hard to describe. Reinecke, a native of Chanute, Kansas, earned her bachelor’s degree in education in 2007 and was hired to teach English at Chanute High School. She was crowned Mrs. Kansas in 2010...
Teachers of Promise

Teachers of Promise

The College of Education recognized two promising new teachers for their achievements with the Delta Kappa Gamma/Lyla Vaughn Award: Leslie Harris, who never imagined becoming a teacher until she became a parent, and Erica Hamm-Clark, a first-generation college graduate. Both said the College of Education provided them with welcoming faculty and a wealth of hands-on...
Partnership a win-win in tech literacy

Partnership a win-win in tech literacy

Students from local elementary schools and from Pittsburg State have been learning together, thanks to a minor in technological literacy. The degree program, started in Fall 2015, is a joint effort between the College of Education and the College of Technology. Several days each semester, classes of youngsters fan out in the Technology Learning Center...
Outstanding educators

Outstanding educators

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...
Distinguished service honorees

Distinguished service honorees

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...

A triple win partnership

 A partnership between Pittsburg schools and PSU has proven again to be a triple win. More than 40 students and faculty from the College of Education, as well as the Department of Art, the College of Technology, and the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, staged family nights with hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering,...
Prestigious appointment

Prestigious appointment

Susan Knell, a longtime faculty member in the College of Education who has gained an international reputation in children’s literature, has been appointed to the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award Committee. The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international distinction given to authors and illustrators of children’s books and recognizes lifelong achievement. The committee...
Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

University Professor Becky Brannock of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, has been inducted into the Kansas School Counseling Hall of Fame. Brannock also serves as the director of PSU’s School Counseling Program, which prepares candidates for careers as professional school counselors in Pre-K-12 settings. Recipients are chosen by a committee consisting of school counselors,...
Education comes full circle

Education comes full circle

When Daniel Golden was a fifth grader, his teacher, Angela Abbott, wrote him a letter praising how much he had progressed as a student and his kind and cooperative nature. “If you ever need anything, I will always be here for you, Daniel,” wrote Abbott before placing it in a scrapbook that she carefully created...

New College of Education dean

James Truelove is the new dean of the College of Education. Truelove was previously the chair of the Department of Graduate Studies in Education at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. Truelove said he is excited about the opportunity to lead the college. “It is a true honor to serve as the next dean of...

First Principals’ Forum focuses on mental health

Although there have always been abundant opportunities for teachers interested in professional development, the same cannot be said for principals. It was with that in mind that the faculty in the Department of Teaching and Leadership in the College of Education began planning the first Kansas-Arkansas-Missouri-Oklahoma Principals’ Forum. “We worked with superintendents to identify principals...

Alumnus honored for teaching

In June, Jim Hogan (BSE ’70, MS ’78) was inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame. Hogan taught high school industrial arts for 35 years, before retiring in 2005. But Hogan wasn’t recognized for the number of years he taught, it was for the lives he touched. “I just like being around kids,” Hogan...