October 2007 Kudos

Kit Blake (2003 Institute) published “Partner Dialogue Journaling in Pre-service Teacher Literacy Courses,” in Professors of Reading Teachers, a peer-reviewed journal, last spring. She is an education faculty member at Missouri Western.

Stacy Cole (1999 Institute) is the new plant manager for EmPower Plant, located at the Heartland Foundation facility at Sixth and Messanie in St. Joseph. Stacy works with schools in 19 counties throughout northwest Missouri and bordering counties in Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas, engaging students in creative problem solving to make positive changes in our society. 

Diane Goold, (1998 Institute) and St. Joseph News-Press Newspaper in Education (NIE) director, was honored by the Missouri Press Association in September. Her NIE program won second place among all daily newspapers in Missouri in the 2007 Better Newspaper Contest.

Kathy Kriepe (2000 Institute) is a Professional Learning Community coach at St. Joseph Robidoux Middle School where she teaches communication arts. Her one-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi won a Best of Breed award at a recent American Kennel Club all-breed dog show.

Kathy Miller (2001 Institute) is the A+ coordinator, EL coordinator and curriculum coach for the West Platte R-II School District. She is also an adjunct English teacher at Missouri Western this fall.

Michelle O’Connor (2004 Institute) received her Master’s in Teaching from Missouri Central University – Warrensburg this summer; she teaches communication arts at Lathrop Middle School.

Sandra Pettit (1998 Institute) completed her doctorate this year, and in July, became the executive director of SuccessLink, an online resource of lesson plans, technology materials, and best practice materials, sponsored in part by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and designed to “promote the best teaching ideas throughout Missouri.”

Jan Reeder (1991 Institute) occasionally conducts writing workshops for inner-city youth in Kansas City. She recently participated in a three-day walk for the cure for breast cancer in Chicago.

Debbie Schwebach (2002 Institute) is the new curriculum director for the Lathrop R-II School District, where she teaches communication arts, including dual-credit English through Missouri Western State University.

Susan Wright-Garcia (2003 Institute) has “jumped ship to become a pirate,” moving from the North Kansas City School District to the Platte County School District this fall. As a pirate [Platte County mascot], Susan teaches grade eight special education.