April 25, 2017 8:45AM
In June, Jim Hogan (BSE ’70, MS ’78) will be inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame.
Hogan taught high school industrial arts for 35 years, before retiring in 2005. But Hogan isn’t being recognized for the number of years he taught, it’s for the lives he touched.
“I just like being around kids,” Hogan said. “I thought that if I could just plant a seed, it might somehow make a difference.”
Students who took Hogan’s general shop classes at Roosevelt Middle School in Coffeyville from 1970-75 or his basic and advanced woodworking classes at Independence High School from 1976 until 2005, remember a teacher who stressed safety.
“I cared for my students and they knew that safety was my number one goal,” Hogan said.
Beyond that, Hogan knew students could feel a sense of pride and accomplishment in the things they built in his classes.
“That kept them coming back,” he said.
Hogan also knew that the skills students learned in his classes could transfer to other classes and to life in general.
Hogan graduated from Moline in 1966, attended Independence Community College and then transferred to Pittsburg State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts education in 1970. He earned a master’s degree in industrial arts education from PSU in 1978.
Hogan said his father, grandmother and many aunts and cousins were teachers and they inspired him to become an educator.
“I grew up hearing stories about teaching from family members and it sounded like a good profession,” he said.
Hogan began his teaching career at Roosevelt Middle School in Coffeyville in 1970 and taught at Independence High School from 1976 until his retirement in 2005. He also taught as an adjunct at Independence Community College.
Hogan’s wife, Terry, earned both a master’s degree and an EDS from PSU and was also a teacher and counselor. Their daughter, Crystal, earned a degree in computer science from PSU.
Established in 1977 in Dodge City, the Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame honors early and present-day teachers who have devoted their lives to the profession. Nominees must have been a certified K-12 teacher or administrator for at least 25 years in the state of Kansas.