The Southwestern College Educators Hall of Fame will induct three new members on Saturday, April 16, in the reference room of the Deets Library.
Yvonne (Osgood) English, Flagstaff, Ariz.; Lynn A. (Watkins) Felts, Winfield; and Lonnie Howerton, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., will enter the Educators Hall of Fame.
The agenda for the afternoon includes the unveiling of plaques at 3:30 p.m. followed by the induction and presentation of the inductees at 4 p.m.
Educators Hall of Fame inductees include:
• Yvonne (Osgood) English ’60 earned her master’s degree at Louisiana State University with the help of an education scholarship provided by a Southwestern College alumnus, the first step in her distinguished teaching career. Most of her career was spent at Flagstaff (Ariz.) High School, where she taught a variety of business classes and advised the Future Business Leaders of America. The Flagstaff FBLA chapter was a consistent award-winner at regional, state, and national conferences and competitions. English served as her district’s chairman of the technology committee and the Vision Team, wrote the Vocational Office Practice Curriculum for the district, and wrote a grant that provided for the first networked classroom in the Flagstaff schools. She retired in 1997 and now enjoys being a volunteer in church and community.
• Lynn A. (Watkins) Felts ’77 has taught art at the elementary and secondary levels since her graduation from Southwestern College. During this time (most of it spent in the Winfield schools) she has been recognized as a superb teacher—as National Association of Art Educators (NAEA) 2007 National Secondary Art Educator of the Year; as NAEA Outstanding Western Region Secondary Art Educator in 2005-06; and as Kansas AEA Outstanding Secondary Art Educator in 1998-99. On the local level she was recognized as the Outstanding Young Educator in Winfield in 1985, and a candidate for the Governors’ Award in 2002. In 2008 Kansas legislators recognized her achievements in art education. Her students have won numerous awards in art competitions, and have received scholarships to prestigious art institutions.
• Lonnie Allen Howerton ’69 and his family moved 12 times in his first three years of school. He overcame this challenge (eventually earning his doctorate in education from Pepperdine University) and has devoted his life to helping others overcome similar challenges. As an active duty Marine from 1969 to 1992, Howerton taught basic English and math to his battalion so that these Marines could earn high school diplomas. His post-military passion has been teaching in an alternative school in Orange County, Calif. These students come from juvenile hall or court schools, or have been removed from public schools for breaches of discipline. Despite these challenges, more than 90 percent graduate from high school over an average of five years. Howerton also organized a top-selling DVD that explores learning styles in alternative education.
For more information about either hall of fame, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC, at (620) 229-6334.