April 24, 2012 12:00AM
The Pittsburg State University College of Education will honor three teachers and an administrator for their distinguished service, excellence, and outstanding efforts at the annual Clyde U. Phillips Awards Recognition Ceremony at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in McCray Recital Hall. Student scholarships will also be awarded as part of the ceremony. A reception will precede the ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the McCray Hall Lobby. Distinguished Service Award The Clyde U. Phillips Distinguished Service Award is given to one teacher and one administrator whose careers have been highlighted by significant achievement and excellence in education. This year, the awards go to Terri Hart, coordinator for curriculum, instruction and assessment for the Joplin Schools, and Glenn Bliss, a physical education teacher at Pittsburg Community Middle School.
Distinguished Service - Administrator
Terri Hart has served as coordinator of curriculum, assessment, and instruction for Joplin Schools since 2010. Prior to her current role, she served as a middle school teacher and instructional coach in the Joplin Schools. Hart graduated from PSU in 2005 with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She completed a master’s degree in educational leadership at PSU in 2010 and is the recipient of PSU’s Graduate School Excellence in Professional Service Award.
Hart leads the Joplin Schools’ participation in the Crossroads monthly food pantry for disadvantaged citizens, is involved with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and is a participant in the Bright Futures activities. Hart was instrumental in the successful implementation of Teaching and Learning Coaches, guided Joplin High School to a textbook-free open source curriculum and helped lead the Joplin School District in its rebuilding efforts by helping design the 21st Century High School throughout the strategic planning process.
Professionally, she is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Southwest Missouri Regional Curriculum Directors, NEA, National Professional Development Council, eMints and Missouri Staff Development Council.
Hart is a life-long resident of Pittsburg and currently has a daughter attending Pittsburg High School.
Distinguished Service - Teacher
Glenn Bliss earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from PSU in 1972 and a master’s degree in physical education, also from PSU, in 1977. He added an administrative endorsement in 1987 from Pittsburg State.
Bliss’ early career was at the elementary level where he served as a physical education teacher at Eugene Field, Westside and George Nettels Elementary Schools in Pittsburg. In 1991, after 20 years in elementary schools, Bliss moved to Pittsburg Middle School and has served there since.
Bliss’ activities include: The American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the Kansas Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; NEA; KNEA; Kansas State High School Activities Association; National Federation of Officials Association; Elks; Church of God; youth pastor; Pastoral Council; service on Kansas State Department of Education advisory councils for physical education; YMCA Board of Directors; service in the United States Air Force; Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Boy Scouts of America. He also has helped in PSU athletics by serving as a clock operator for both football and basketball games.
Outstanding Educator Award The Outstanding Educator Award goes to persons who have shown, within their first seven years of service, the potential to make significant contributions to education. Two awards, one for elementary level and one for secondary, are given. The 2012 Outstanding Educator Awards go to Lacey Hight, a third-grade teacher at Central Elementary School in Baxter Springs, Kan.; and Matt Robertson, a U.S. history and world geography teacher at Wyandotte High School in Wyandotte, Okla.
Lacey Hight earned a BSED from PSU in 2007. In 2011, she earned a master’s degree in educational technology from PSU. Hight’s many activities include after-school tutoring, the winter gloves for kids project, technology training, church construction volunteer, Live Brightly Christmas Gifts for needy students, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Tau Sigma Honor Society. She is a member of Riverton Friends Church and a member of the Central Elementary PTO.
Matt Robertson earned a bachelor’s degree in history education from PSU in 2006. He has taught history for six years. In his first three years of teaching, Robertson was an elementary physical education teacher and coach. For the past three years, he has taught U.S. history and social studies at Wyandotte High School in Wyandotte, Okla. Robertson is an active member in Oklahoma Coaches Association, Oklahoma Professional Educators and serves as a Baptist youth pastor.
The Clyde U. Phillips awards were established in memory of Clyde U. Phillips, a graduate of Pittsburg State University and a well-known Kansas educator. Phillips, who met his wife, Fern Field Phillips when they were both students at PSU, completed his career in education as the superintendent of schools in Hays. In their will, the Phillipses bequeathed a sum of money to support the awards.