Alumni Recognized During MOSO Monday

Four School of Education alumni were recognized during this spring’s MOSO Monday event.

“Nominations come from our community partners, such as schools or businesses that employ our graduates,” said Lorinda Hackett, interim dean of the School of Education. “Each department then selects the recipients of the awards.”

Vicky Lynn Mieseler, ’81, received the Professional Achievement in Psychology Award. She is currently the chief administrative officer for Ozark Center, and was instrumental in bringing autism treatment to Joplin.

Lauren Holland, ’03, was the recipient of the Professional Achievement Award in Kinesiology. She is a community educator for Cox Monett Hospital and has been instrumental in the creation of a number of local health initiatives, including the Cardiac Kids program.

Cory Kerbs, ’17, was one of two recipients of the Outstanding Teacher Educator Award. He is a third-grade teacher in Carl Junction. His nomination from the school says Kerbs “is creative, prepared, keeps students engaged, makes learning fun … and goes above and beyond.”

Leanna Lankford, ’82, received the other Outstanding Teacher Educator Award. She spent 35 years in public education in Missouri before joining Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in 2017 as a first-grade teacher. Her nomination letter notes that she “is such a natural educator that everyone from a first-year teacher to a 30-year veteran have come (to her) for advice.”

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