Distinguished Teachers 2015


2015 Distinguished Teachers: (from left) Cindy Davis, Independent Schools; Janine McGlachlin, Diocese of Wichita; Orville Altevogt, Lutheran Schools; Steve Gordon, Christian Schools; Marlene Clayton, Diocese of Dodge City; and Cindy Hertel who accepted the award on behalf of Joseph Hertel, Diocese of Salina.

Christian Schools

Steve Gordon has been the outstanding director of bands and senior high vocal music instructor at Maranatha Academy in Shawnee since 1991. He has guided Maranatha bands to excellence at Carnegie Hall (New York), parades, formal concerts and jazz concerts throughout the Midwest.

Having more than 35 years of educational experience, Mr. Gordon has served in statewide representative and executive positions. He also founded the Great Plains Regional Honor Band and Choir for ACSI.

“Steve Gordon is both passionate and dedicated to Christian Education and has created a long history of distinction in our school’s performing arts program,” said Ron Fritz, Secondary Principal, Maranatha Academy.

Mr. Gordon holds a bachelor of Music Education (1979) and a master of Music Education (2004) – both from the University of Kansas.

Diocese of Wichita

Marlene Clayton has been an inspirational sixth/ seventh/eighth grade language arts, religion and homeroom teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School Ellinwood, and Lead Teacher for her building since 2003.

Mrs. Clayton is not only an outstanding teacher, but also a gifted administrator. She is noted as dealing with difficult situations with class, diligence
and humor; tackling challenges in a direct, graceful manner. When their parish priest was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, Mrs. Clayton took on numerous duties while continuing to excel at her normal responsibilities.

“Marlene is an extremely compassionate, levelheaded, faith-filled woman. She seems to have been made to be a teacher, especially one in
a school where faith is the central theme,” said Trina Delgado, Superintendent of Schools, Diocese of Dodge City.

Mrs. Clayton earned a B.S. degree (2001) from Newman University.

Independent Schools

Cindy Davis is an innovative third grade teacher at Wichita Collegiate School. Since 2011, she has skillfully balanced creativity and fun with academic rigor. Mrs. Davis has also helped overhaul the third grade reading curriculum, trains teachers in the use of learning strategies and hosts a monthly teacher meeting on the use of new structures in their classrooms.

“Mrs. Davis’ warmth, willingness to help, and exemplary support of students, families, and staff make her a delightful person with which to work,” said Dr. Heather Eubank, Head of Lower School, Wichita Collegiate.

Mrs. Davis received a B.S. in Elementary Education (2004) from the University of Arkansas and her master’s degree in Education (2007) from Wichita State University.

Lutheran Schools

Orville Altevogt has been a devoted principal and teacher, of fifth through eighth grade, at St. John Lutheran in Alma since 1981. He excels in science and math instruction, equipping his students to excel – with a number of his students becoming valedictorians at the local high school.

“Mr. Altevogt attends to many details without the knowledge of staff, or board,” Rev. Robert Grimm, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, said. “Many people have benefited from the unassuming, humble service he provides, just to get things done and to get them done well.”

Mr. Altevogt began his teaching and administrative career in 1971. He received his B.S. (1971) from Concordia University, Seward, NE. He also
holds two M.S. degrees: from Ball State University, Muncie, IN (1979) and from Kansas State University (1992).

Diocese of Salina

Joseph Hertel has taught English with great skill for his entire 34-year teaching career, 25 years of which have been at Thomas More Prep-Marian (TMP-M) in Hays. His students reap the benefits with outstanding scores on the ACT, SAT and as scholarship essay winners.

Mr. Hertel has also served as a coach for football and basketball and is currently the boy’s basketball head coach. He has won two state championships during his TMP-M tenure.

“Joseph is an outstanding educator, and also devoted to his faith. His students greatly respect him for how much he has taught them,” said Kathy Taylor, principal, TMP-M.

Mr. Hertel received a B.S. in English/P.E. (1980) from St. Mary of the Plains College, Dodge City, and an M.S. in Secondary Counseling (1992) from Fort Hays State University.

Diocese of Wichita

Janine McGlachlin is a beloved second grade teacher at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Wichita who is committed to developing the whole child. Her gentle demeanor captivates and engages her students. On both spiritual and academic matters, Mrs. McGlachlin is a servant-leader. She serves as the chair of the school’s Liturgy/Spirituality Committee, and also is meticulous in researching new instructional materials.

“Mrs. McGlachlin helps all children experience success and acknowledges their individual strengths and areas to improve. She recognizes each child as a precious gift,” said David Charles, principal, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School.

Mrs. McGlachlin began her education career in 1988. She earned an associate degree (1985) from Hutchinson Community College and a B.S. in Education (1987) from Emporia State University.