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Education

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...
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

 

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...
Student project serves individuals with special needs

Student project serves individuals with special needs

When Taya Leach graduates in May with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation, she’ll be ready, and so will her resumé: she already has experience working with special populations of a variety of ages and ability levels, thanks to a field day event that she and her classmates put on each semester at the Robert W. Plaster Center....
History comes alive

History comes alive

Students in the College of Education often are treated to living history lessons, illustrating for them best practices for their future classrooms. Debbie Restivo’s Elementary Social Studies classes, for example, hosted a visit from Dagmar Snodgrass, who grew up in Berlin, Germany, during and after World War II. She shared her experiences with the “Candy...

Distinguished Service awards

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...

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...

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...