Archive for Thursday, October 11, 2007

Hall of Fame to induct local teachers

October 11, 2007

Two educators with ties to the area are among the honorees at the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame's 12th annual induction ceremonies, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

The two deceased educators, Richard Warren, a teacher, principal and guidance counselor for more than 50 years in the Leavenworth public schools, and Sister Mary Janet McGilley, who served as president of St. Mary College from 1964 to 1989, will be inducted into the shrine, along with Andy Tompkins of Topeka, the longest serving education commissioner in Kansas history; and Josh Anderson, Kansas Teacher of the Year of Olathe Northwest.

Organizations selected to the Class of 2007 are the Science Pioneers and the Hallmark Foundation, both of Kansas City, Mo.

A fundraiser benefiting the KCKCC Endowment Association's student scholarship fund, gala ceremonies are emceed by WDAF-TV Fox 4 news anchor Phil Witt and are open to the public.

Tickets are $65 and can be reserved by calling the KCKCC Endowment Association at (913) 288-7632 or by e-mail at toney@kckcc.edu.

Sister Mary Janet McGilley, SCL, was an educator whose dedication to the community and especially to those most in need characterized her life as a teacher, college president and Sister of Charity.

During her 25 years as president of St. Mary, she initiated the university's program for adult students, an exchange program with Sophia University in Tokyo and an instructional program for prison inmates. She died Sept. 13, 2003, at age 78.

For more than 60 years, Richard James Warren served as a teacher, principal and guidance counselor including more than 50 years in the Leavenworth public schools.

A graduate of Emporia State in 1934, he began teaching in a one-room school. He came to Leavenworth in 1947 and retired in 1976 but continued as a substitute teacher until 1999. In 2000, East Middle School was renamed in Warren's honor. He died Aug. 3, 2005, at age 94.

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