KEITH JOPP – 2010
Keith Jopp spent his entire distinguished 43-year professional career thriving as a small town teacher and administrator at St. Paul Lutheran School in Cheney. His students say they were truly blessed by him as a teacher, but as adults he became their trusted mentor and a true friend.
Keith’s educational philosophy was founded on his personal Christian faith, and he dedicated his life to helping children learn.He believed strongly that Christian schools should provide a place for children to affirm their faith before they become part ofthe world at large.
He set the bar high for his students, and they responded admirably. Keith was also a highly innovative educator who, for example, as an avid outdoorsman shared his love of nature through his concept of a school campout. This student-planned event remains a favorite St. Paul tradition.
Keith began at St. Paul in 1965 with a one-room school, and 19 students. He was instrumental in a million dollar development that expanded the school to five classrooms of pre-K through eighth grade, a gymnasium and family life center. In 2005, the school purchased a nearby building for the preschool and youth center.
Beyond his academic responsibilities, Keith was active with the youth in his church, and developed community-wide programs that promoted positive intergenerational activities. He became a certified lay minister in the Lutheran church in 2008.
Originally from Minnesota, Keith attended a Lutheran school through eighth grade. He completed an AA in education from Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota (1963), a BS in elementary education from Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska (1965) and his master’s of education degree in curriculum development from Wichita State University (1974). Keith is married to Janet. Between them they have four grown daughters and four grandchildren.
SUZE ANNE NORTON – 2010
Suze Anne Norton will long be remembered for greeting all her young students by name and sending them off with a smile. As the Head of the Lower School at Wichita Collegiate School for 25 years, her gift of making a personal connection with the students helped create a love of learning that has fostered continual academic excellence.
An encourager and leader by nature, once she discovered the personal fulfillment of teaching children, it became her lifelong passion. She firmly believed that students learned best when they were doing.
Beginning at Wichita Collegiate first as a teacher in 1975, Suze Anne was energetic and engaging in the classroom – always making sure that her students were attentive and on task. Later, as an administrator, she moved her faculty towards a project-based curriculum, with teachers leading actively involved students.
Suze Anne’s gifting extended to her ability of hiring and supporting outstanding teachers, which have become a hallmark of Wichita Collegiate. She constantly encouraged her teachers to take their own initiative to improve the educational experience for all students.
In addition to her dedication to high academic standards, Suze Anne was committed to teaching the whole child. She helped implement character strengthening units, and encouraged parental involvement at Wichita Collegiate. Outside the classroom, Suze Anne was instrumental in the founding of her church, Chapel Hill, helping them to meet at her school’s auditorium until it could build its own facility.
A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Suze Anne attended Emporia State University, graduating in 1967 with her BS in elementary education. In 1989, she attained her master’s degree in school administration at Wichita State University. Suze Anne is married to John, has two grown children, both of whom graduated from Wichita Collegiate, and five grandchildren.