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Dr. Lorie Cook-Benjamin
KCIE Director
Phone: (785) 628-5847
Email: llcookbenjamin@fhsu.edu
Rarick Hall 244
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601
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Meet the Presenters

KCIE strives to ensure its course materials and presenters are the best available. They are highly-skilled and bring practical, real-world experience to the classroom in engaging, relevant and high-quality workshops.

KCIE presenters’ credentials range from bachelor’s to doctoral degrees and many hold professional certifications relating to the particular workshop he or she is presenting. Still, it is their real-world experiences that set our instructors and the workshops they teach apart.

Backed by the solid reputation of Fort Hays State University, KCIE is uniquely qualified to support your organization with quality one-stop training solutions from experienced professionals.

KCIE workshops are facilitated by higher-education faculty as well as pre-K-12 practicing teachers and administrators.

COET Presenters

Sherri BrackMs. 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.

 Kris MunschMr. 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.

Kevin SplichalMr. Kevin Splichal - Kevin L. Splichal is an instructor for the Department of Teacher Education. He grew up in Northcentral Kansas where he still owns a farm. He graduated from Fort Hays State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, in 2004 with his Master of Science in Education Administration and in 2012 with an Education Specialist degree in Education Administration. He is currently attending Kansas State University and hopes to complete his doctorate degree in 2014. Kevin taught social studies at the high school level for six years before coming to FHSU where he teaches pre-service teacher education coursework for both secondary and elementary education majors. His foremost joys include his three children, the farm and teaching.

Natalie UnruhMrs. 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.

Beth WalizerDr. 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.

Robert-Moody-2014Dr. Robert Moody - Advanced Education Programs
Associate Professor
Educational Administration
Rarick Hall 223



Erica Fisher - Erica Fisher is one of two Academic Advisors for virtual students in the Department of Teacher Education. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Kansas in 2005. She is currently working on her Master of Science Higher Education Student Affairs degree. Erica joined FHSU in 2009 as an administrative specialist in the Virtual College and began her current position in 2012. Erica is Google Apps for Education Certified and assists in training Kansas schools on open education resources. In her spare time, she enjoys reading a good piece of fiction, watching NASCAR and spending time with her two growing boys!

Betsy Crawford - Ms. Betsy Crawford Leeds is an instructor in the Department of Advanced Education Programs at Fort Hays State University (FHSU). She earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Special Education from Emporia State University. Betsy also has a Master’s degree and an Educational Specialist’s degree in School Psychologist. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She served as a school psychologist for six years prior to working at FHSU. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in Exceptional Learners.

Sara Stroup - Mrs. Sara Stroup is an instructor in the Department of Teacher Education at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) and the Education Coordinator in the Fort Hays State University Childcare Center. She earned a BS in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood and an MS in Early Childhood Special Education from Fort Hays State University. While earning her degrees, she was employed by a local agency that provides services to individuals with mild to severe disabilities. She then taught in the local school district for 16 years, teaching to individual abilities, interests and needs. She returned to the Department of Teacher Education as an instructor six years ago and enjoys the diversity among students. She knew in second grade that she wanted to be a teacher and has always shown passion for others through her teaching abilities. Her expertise is in early childhood special education, childhood development, across the life span development, and early childhood curriculum. She currently serves on a variety of educational organizations including: a sponsor for the FHSU Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society, a member of the Hays Inter-agency Council Committee, a member of the Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children, a member of Council for Exceptional Children, and a board member for The ARC of Central Plains.

Adam Holden - Dr. Adam Holden has been a school administrator in both the private and public education systems of Europe and the United States for more than a twenty-five years. A former semi-professional athlete, Dr. Holden is a two-time recipient of the National Blue ribbon of Excellence, is a fully qualified Head of School at all levels of the International Baccalaureate Organization, is an authorized Google Education Trainer and now serves as the Chair of the, nationally ranked, Department of Teacher Education at Fort Hays State University. He has taken leadership training at some of the world’s foremost educational institutions including Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia Universities. Adam has received multiple “Outstanding Achievement in Education” Awards and has a Citation for Distinguished Professional Service from the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Adam is a proponent of innovative, creative, culturally diverse, and blended educational experiences.

School-based Presenters

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.

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