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Education

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...
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...