Wall of Honor

The School of Education recognizes Baker alumni who have excelled in the education profession and have made a difference in the lives of students through their work as teachers, administrators, coaches or school activity sponsors.

Educators recognized on the Wall of Honor have completed an undergraduate or graduate education program at Baker University and been recognized for their work at the state or national level.

The Wall of Honor was established in 2006 and is housed in Case Hall on the Baldwin City campus.

2013 Inductees

State Recognition

Juliann Bliese, EdD 2013
First Grade Teacher, Ravenwood Elementary School, Olathe (Kan.) School District
Emporia State University 2013 Master Teacher

Doug Sumner, EdD 2008
Superintendent of De Soto (Kan.) School District
Kansas School Superintendents Association 2011-12 Superintendent of Promise

Andrea Reinhard, CAS 2011
First Grade Teacher, Indian Valley Elementary School, Blue Valley (Kan.) School District
Kansas Horizon Award 2013 Outstanding First-Year Teacher

2012 Inductees

State Recognition

Chris Crawford, Restricted Licensure 2012
Instructor in the Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies
Kansas Horizon Award 2011 Outstanding First Year Teacher

Lachelle Sigg, Building Licensure 2006
Principal at Pioneer Ridge Middle School in Gardner, Kan.
2010-2011 Exemplary Middle School Principal of the Year, Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators

Pam Tate, MASL 2001
Principal at Gardner Elementary School in Gardner, Kan.
2012 Kansas Distinguished Principal of the Year, Kansas Association of Elementary School Principals
2005 District 1 Assistant Principal of the Year, Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals

Mike Wolgast, EdD 2008
Principal at Pioneer Trail Middle School in Olathe, Kan.
2011-2012 Exemplary Middle School Principal of the Year, Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators

2011 Inductees

State Recognition

Russell Meigs, EdD 2010
Senior web architect for Olathe School District
2010 Association of Teacher Educators – Kansas Outstanding Dissertation in Teacher Education

Martha Miller Raybourn, CAS 1975
Principal at Carnegie Elementary School, Tulsa, Okla.
2004 Oklahoma Parent-Teacher Association Administrator of the Year

Patrick Richard, CAS 1990
Head football coach and physical education teacher, Oak Grove, Mo.
2007 Missouri Football Coaches Association Class 1 State Coach of the Year
2008 Missouri football Coaches Association Class 1 State Coach of the Year
2008 Associated Press Missouri Class 1 State Coach of the Year

Dan Wooge, CAS 1997
Vocal and instrumental music in the Burlington, Kan., school district
2010 Kansas Music Educators’ Association Outstanding Educator

2010 Inductees

National Recognition

Bradley Nicks, MASL 2004
Math teacher and coach at Shawnee Heights High School
Milken National Educator

State Recognition

Abby Burnett, CAS 2008
Math teacher at Paola Middle School
Kansas Horizon Award, 2010 Outstanding First-Year Teacher

2009 Inductees

National Recognition

Alesia Hamilton, MAED 2001
First Grade Teacher, Edison Elementary School, St. Joseph, Mo.
"Heroes of the Year, Heroes Among Us," People magazine, April 7, 2008, volume 69, no. 13

Kristy Thrasher Delacruz, CAS 1996
English as a New Language/Early and Middle Childhood Teacher, New York City Geographic District #6 (Harlem)
2006 National Board Certified Teacher

State Awards

Barbara Duffer Cole, MAED 2005
Seventh and Eight Grade Art, ELL, Leadership Teacher, Shawnee Heights Middle School
Emporia State University 2009 Master Teacher Award

Jeline Kelsey Harclerode, CAS 1973
Instructor in Connect program, Emporia Middle School
Emporia State University 2009 Master Teacher Award

2008 Inductees

National Recognition

William Moulden, CAS 1977
Sixth Grade Science Teacher, Samuel Ogle Middle School
2005 National Board Certified Teacher

State Recognition

Josh Anderson, MASL 2001
Language Arts Instructor, Head Debate and Forensics Coach, Olathe Northwest High School
2007 Kansas Teacher of the Year

Karl Krawitz, CAS 1972
Coordinator for the Ed.D. Program and Director of the Restricted Licensure
Program in the Graduate Department of the School of Education, Baker University
2000 Kansas Choral Directors Association Administrator of the Year
2003 Kansas PTA Educator of the year

2007 Inductees

National Recognition

Jerry Jones, CAS 1964
Retired as Athletic Director and Men’s Head Basketball Coach, Kansas Wesleyan University
2000 National Small College Athletic Association’s Basketball Coach of the Year

State Recognition

Paul Dick, CAS 1926
Retired from Kansas State Department of Education in 1971; before that spent 41 years teaching and coaching, and for 36 of those years served as a high school principal or superintendent.
1959 Emporia State University Master Teacher Award

Connie Hale, CAS 1974
Elementary Music Education Instructor, Winthrop University
2005 Kansas Music Educators Association Outstanding Music Educator

Charlene Potter, CAS 1955
Retired Elementary School Teacher, Marion Springs Elementary School
2007 Kansas Teacher’s Hall of Fame

Bill Scott, CAS 1964
Jefferson West Middle School Principal
1995 Kansas Administrators of Middle Schools Assoc. Principal of the Year

Ernest Swenson, CAS 1950
Retired Superintendent of the Osawatomie School District
2000 Kansas Teacher’s Hall of Fame

Dave Tappan, CAS 1993
Louisburg High School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director in Louisburg School District
1995 Kansas Associate of Secondary School Principals Assistant Principal of the Year

Stan Watchous, CAS 1982
06-07, Eighth Grade Teacher and Athletic Director, Wheatridge Middle School
2007 Named Athletic Director, Pioneer Ridge Middle School
2005 Kansas Intercollegiate Athletic Administrators Assoc. Middle School Athletic Director of the Year

2006 Inductees

National Recognition

Amy Berg, CAS 1989
Kindergarten Teacher, Baldwin Elementary School
2003 National Board Certified Teacher

Bruce Courtney, CAS 1982
Physical Science, Outdoor Biology, Anatomy Teacher, Basehor-Linwood High School
1999 Milken Award Winner

Kay Scott, CAS 1966
Primary Multiage (First and Second Grade Combined) Teacher, Burlington Elementary School
1999 National Board Certified Teacher

State Recognition

Bobby Bovaird, CAS 2002
English Teacher, Wrestling Coach, Washburn Rural High School
2001 Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association 4A Assistant Coach of the Year

Tim Brady, CAS 1982
Middle School Principal, Wheatridge Middle School
2003-2004 Met Life Kansas Principal of the Year
1996-1997 Kansas Middle School Athletic Director of the Year

David Brown, CAS 1985
History Teacher and Wrestling Coach, Fort Scott High School
2003 Kansas Wrestling Officials Association 4A Coach of the Year

James Fox, CAS 2003
Music Teacher, Fort Scott School District
Kansas Horizon Award
Outstanding First-Year Teacher, 2005

Jay Harris, CAS 1991
Director of Food Transportation and Facilities, Raymore-Peculiar School district
1997 Kansas Wrestling Officials Association 6A Coach of the Year

Kit Harris, CAS 1996
English and Journalism Teacher, Wrestling Coach, Baldwin High School
2002 Kansas Wrestling Officials Association 4A Coach of the Year

Sarah Jensen, CAS 2003
Sixth Grade Teacher, Shawnee Heights Elementary School
2005 Kansas Horizon Award Outstanding First-Year Teacher

Phyllis Kidd, CAS 1969
Teacher, Social Studies Department Chair, Scholars’ Bowl Coach, Wheaton North High School
2000 3M Economic Excellence Award

Kyleigh (Gragg) Lohmeyer, CAS 2002
Middle School Math Teacher, Washburn Rural Middle School
2002 Kansas Horizon Award Outstanding First-Year Teacher

Jarrod Steffens, CAS 2004
Science Teacher and Wrestling, Weight Training and Football Coach, Harrisonville High School
2004 Kansas Wrestling Officials Association 4A Assistant Coach of the Year

Dan Wooge, CAS 1997
Band Director, Osage City School District
2003 Kansas Bandmasters Association Outstanding Young Band Director