Education Student Experience
Not all learning occurs in the college classroom: clubs, organizations, and student teaching develop the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the challenging and rewarding field of education.
School of Education Ambassadors
The School of Education Ambassadors organization provides leadership, service, and learning opportunities for education majors who are dedicated to the profession of education and the community of educators. The student members of SEA are committed to their chosen career field and seek active roles in planning, organizing, and participating in events that benefit their fellow students in the School of Education.
- Ambassadors plan and collaborate with teachers and administrators in local school districts to develop activities that benefit K-12 students.
- Ambassadors serve as representatives of the School of Education and take part in activities that inform the public about programs within the school and recruit future education majors.
- Ambassadors are expected to be exemplary students and role models who are dedicated to academic excellence, active participation in Baker student life, and serious preparation for their chosen profession.
SEA meets once a month to plan events, discuss needs within the School of Education student body, and participate in professional development activities.
Students interested in serving as a School of Education Ambassador should pick up an application and a faculty recommendation form from the School of Education office and return them to either Dr. Prosser or Dr. Foil.
Baker’s education programs emphasize the importance of hands-on experience in the classroom. Throughout your time at Baker, you will spend time in area classrooms interacting with students, learning from teacher mentors, and learning classroom skills in a real classroom.
As a capstone of your education studies, you will spend a semester in a classroom working closely with a teacher to develop lesson plans and activities for an entire semester in the educational area you have chosen. You will work with an advisor from the School of Education in setting up your student-teaching semester in the setting you prefer.
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.
Benjamin Jimenez, MASL 2006
Principal, Decatur Community Jr. and Sr. High School, Oberlin, Kansas, USD 294
2017 Kansas National Principal of the Year, National Association of Secondary School Principals
Seth Kastle, EdD 2017
Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, Fort Hays State University
2016 Tillman Scholar, Pat Tillman Foundation
Brett Bruner, EdD 2017
Director of Transition and Student Conduct, Fort Hays State University
2018 TKC Student Affairs Emerging Practice Award, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
Melissa Kinzer, BS 2016
Science Teacher, Chisholm Trail Middle School, Olathe, Kansas, USD 233
2018 Kansas Horizon Award, Kansas State Department of Education
Benjamin Sutherlin, EdD 2015
Athletic Director & Assistant Principal, Turner High School, Kansas City, Kansas, USD 202
2018 Art Newcomer Promising Athletic Director of the Year, Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association
Kimberly Hett, MAEd 2009
Fifth-Grade Teacher, Andover eCademy, Andover, Kansas, USD 385
2017 Emporia State Kansas Master Teacher
Regena Aye, BA 1994, EdD 2016
Dean for Online Learning, Allen Community College
2017 Johnathan Bacon Outstanding Leadership Award, Colleague 2 Colleague
David Sharp, EdD 2009
Principal, Lee’s Summit (Missouri) West High School
2015 Missouri National Distinguished Principal of the Year, National Association of Secondary School Principals
John Ernst, MAEd 2005, EdD 2015
Principal, Rolling Ridge Elementary School, Olathe, Kansas
2016 Kansas National Distinguished Principal of the Year, National Association of Elementary School Principals
Britton Hart, MAEd 2003, EdD 2013
Principal, Emporia (Kansas) High School
2016 Kansas National Distinguished Principal of the Year, National Association of Secondary School Principals
Rhonda (Price) Levens, CAS, 1993
Teacher, Yearbook Advisor, Syracuse (Kansas) High School
All American Hall of Fame – Syracusan Yearbook, National Scholastic Press Association
Vincent Bowhay, EdD 2017
Director of Campus Success, Campus Labs, Buffalo, New York
2017 GSKC Scholar, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
Jerry Steele, CAS, 1953 (posthumous)
Superintendent in Chanute and Pittsburg, Kansas
1982 Outstanding Superintendent, Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators
Josh Anderson, MASL 2001, Ed.D. 2014
Debate, Forensics and Speech Teacher and Coach, Olathe (Kansas) Northwest High School
2015 National Coach of the Year, National Speech and Debate Association
Lori (Peter) Nelson, MAEd 2009
Music Teacher, Soderstrom Elementary School, Lindsborg, Kansas
2015 Outstanding Elementary Music Educator of the Year, South Central District of Kansas Music Educators Association
Bill Smithyman, MAEd 2003
English Teacher, Blue Valley (Kansas) Northwest High School
2015-2016 Milken Educator Award, Milken Family Foundation
Eli Jones, CAS 2010
Choir Teacher, Eisenhower Middle School, Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas Choral Directors Association, Prelude Award
Jason Thoren, CAS 2010
Assistant Football Coach, Baker University
Assistant Coach of the Year, Heart of America Athletic Conference
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