Ms. Sherri G. Brantley - Sherri G. Brantley is an instructor in the Department of Teacher Education at Fort Hays State University (FHSU). She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1998. After moving back to Kansas, she taught 5th grade and served as the ESOL coordinator at Riley Elementary in Great Bend. Sherri has a M.S. in Elementary Education with an emphasis in ESOL and M.S.E. in Educational Administration from FHSU. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership for Teacher Learning from Walden University. Sherri served on the KSDE ESOL Standards Committee and Steering Committee to develop the new 2014 ESOL Standards. Currently, she is the vice-president of MIDTESOL Organization for Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska and will serve as president in 2014-2015.
Mr. Kris Munsch - Kris is known as “the doer”. Regardless of the challenge, Kris creates a vision and attacks. After starting 12 businesses from the ground up, Kris’s son Blake was killed in a car accident in December of 2005. This was a project Kris could not “do” by himself. After a year in depression, Kris sold his businesses and became a high school woods teacher. The honesty that the teens shared while picking up the pieces of many woodworking projects led Kris to believe that he could “rebuild his life”. Kris has found that the greatest impact on his students came from a personal journey to discover his own talents, regardless if they were strengths or weaknesses. Kris is an instructor of Technology Studies at Fort Hays State University and is a recognized national keynote speaker.
Mr. Kevin Splichal - Kevin has a total of 17 years in education at the secondary and higher education levels. Through FHSU, he has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration, and an Education Specialist degree in District Leadership. He is currently attending Kansas State University to complete a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. Kevin a faculty member in the Teacher Education department at Fort Hays State University instructing both secondary and elementary education majors.
Mrs. Natalie Unruh - Natalie Unruh has been an early childhood educator for 29 years. She moved to Hays in 1981 to attend college and earned both her BS and MS degrees from Fort Hays State University. As the director of the Fort Hays State University Childcare Center for 23 years, she’s had many rich and diverse experiences with young children. Six years ago she became an Early Childhood Unified instructor in the FHSU Teacher Education Program. Her passion for educating young children reflects a strong background in the areas of child development, early childhood mental health, early childhood curriculum and behavior management. She serves on a variety of organizations including: 2012-2013 President and current Board Member of the Hays Interagency Council Committee, Board Member of the Kanas Association for the Education of Young Children, Hays Policy Council Board Member, MTSS Facilitator and Incredible Years Parent Educator.
Dr. Beth Walizer - Beth R. Walizer, Ph.D., is an associate professor teaching Reading and Language Arts Methods, Corrections of Reading Disabilities, their corresponding Internship courses, and Improving Instruction Through Reading and Writing in the Department of Teacher Education at Fort Hays State University. She has received multiple honors and awards including the FHSU Pilot Award, Navigator Award, Outstanding Teacher Award, Mortar Board Top Professor, and Edmund Shearer Faculty Advisor Award. One research interest is the development of a theoretically ground intervention to improve teaching and increase student learning in a technology embedded classroom.
Casey Peine - Casey is a Special Education Teaching Specialist for Wichita Public Schools. As a teaching specialist she aids 19 elementary schools in services for their special education students, the facilitation of MTSS, and behavioral supports. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education and endorsement in Special Education from Emporia State University in 2004 and is currently working towards her M.S. in Building Administration. In previous years, she has been worked for Wichita Public Schools as an Interrelated Special Education Teacher, Tier 3 Interventionist, and teacher at Y.E.S.S., an educational summer program for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Her passion is the success of students with special education services and inclusive practices.
Clayton and Maret Schrader - As teachers in Eastern Kansas Clayton and Maret Schrader enhance learning through their technology rich classrooms. Maret (@marschrad) is fortunate to teach freshman Language Arts in a primarily project based learning classroom with a variety of technology tools. Clayton (@edjukated, www.mrschrader.com) teaches fourth grade in a technology-enhanced classroom that includes a one-to-one iPad environment. In previous professional development settings, the Schraders have together and individually presented their experiences with educational technology at MACE (Mid-America Computers in Education), USA (United School Administrators of Kansas), AdvancEd Fall Conference, Seaman School District Summer Academy, as well as other local professional development settings. Educational technology is something that the Schraders are passionate about, and we are excited to share ideas that have worked well for us.
Andrea Schuette - Andrea is a mother of three wonderful boys who became a teacher by choice and passion. She has taught middle school-aged students in ELA, social studies, science, art, and technology throughout her 14 years of teaching.