Recognized for her success during her 30 year career at Cowley College, Dr. Michelle Schoon was recently named to the Wichita Business Journal’s list of Women Who Lead in Education.

Schoon has been associated with Cowley since 1990 and became natural science and mathematics department chair in 1997. Along with serving as the vice president of academic affairs, she also serves as HLC-AQIP liaison. While at Cowley, Schoon received an Excellence Award from NISOD, as well as been named the college’s Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and Student Learning and Paul Stirnaman Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence recipient. She was also named Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2004 and 2007. Schoon has a bachelor of science from Bethany College, a masters of curriculum and instruction from Wichita State University, and an educational doctorate from Southwestern College.

Schoon was humbled to receive this recognition from the Wichita Business Journal.

“As a career educator, the success of students is the best recognition received, but being selected for the Women Who Lead in Education recognition is an honor that is much appreciated,” Schoon said.

Cowley president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle said Schoon consistently exhibits an attitude of harmony with her colleagues balanced with a tenacious desire to improve herself and the outcomes of her department.

“Her approach to managing and leading others has not only inspired those within her department to raise their level of effort and productivity, but equally those who are her peers and supervising other departments,” Rittle said. “She is very deserving of this recognition. On behalf of Tiger Nation, congratulations Michelle!”

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