Mark CrawfordMark Crawford 
Superintendent USD 210
Hugoton, Kansas

Mark Crawford has worked at USD 210, Hugoton, as the district leader since July 2007.  He began his teaching career in 1987 at his hometown of Mulvane, Kansas, where he taught English Language Arts, Physical Education and coached for 12 years.  Mark received his bachelor’s degree from Southwestern College and his masters degree from Wichita State University.  In 2003, he completed his district-level certificate from Emporia State University.  Mark and his wife Keri have been married since 1986, and have three children.

Join Bill as he gets Mark’s perspective of how the Innovative Districts are helping rewrite some of the rules that govern student success and making public education more relevant.

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Beverly Mortimer
Superintendent USD 333
Concordia, Kansas

Beverly Mortimer was an elementary teacher and junior high science teacher from January 1982 until May of 1998 at Minneapolis/Delphos.

In 1998 Mortimer became building principal in USD 333 and in 2003 she became USD 333’s Superintendent.



A few of Beverly’s accomplishments:
  • Christa McAuliffe Fellow – developed a river project, Presidential Science Teaching Award and Friend of Fulbright Award to travel to Japan.
  • M. Claradine Johnson Award-AdvancED, Excellence in Education Award
  • KSSA Board of Directors-Member
  • KS/MO Board of Directors-Member
  • National Superintendents Roundtable-Member (traveled with group to China for educational study tour; and have presented to the group on Career & Tech Ed./Innovative Districts in Seattle last fall)
  • Board Member for JAG-Kansas
  • Vice Chair for Coalition of Innovative Districts
  • Recent member of the K-12 Student Performance & Efficiency Commission
  • Coordinator of NCK Honor Flight-transporting WW II Veterans to Washington DC-officially a student activity (students help raise money for Veterans to travel free & accompany the Veterans on the trip)

In this episode Bill gets Bev’s insight view of what is happening in this year’s Coalition of Innovative School Districts.

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Dr. Steve Wyckoff – Innovative Districts and School Finance Changes (KSSA Talk #35)

February 5, 2015

Today on KSSA Talk Dr. Bill Hagerman talks to Dr. Steve Wyckoff about such topics as Innovative Districts and School Finance Changes.   A couple of the points of interest in the conversation were how do we transition a current funding formula to a formula that would fund schools for the success of their students and […]

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Destry Brown KSSA President Elect (KSSA Talk #34)

January 22, 2015

Destry Brown has been an educator for 31 years.  He spent 11 years as an elementary teacher, 7 years as an elementary principal, and the last 13 years as a central office administrator.  He is currently the superintendent of schools in Pittsburg, KS, a position he has held for the last six years. Destry received […]

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Noelle M Ellerson, Associate Executive Director AASA (KSSA Talk #33)

January 8, 2015

Noelle Ellerson Associate Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy at AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Ellerson is the legislative support person for the American Association of Education Service Agencies performing advocacy work for AESA. The Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) is a professional organization serving educational service agencies (ESAs) in 45 states with 553 agencies nationwide […]

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Cheryl Semmel Executive Director of USA Kansas (KSSA Talk #32)

December 11, 2014

Chery Semmel of USA Kansas rejoins Bill Hagerman for another podcast. Topics in this podcast centered on the Efficiency Committee’s recommendations and Dr. Randy Watson’s selection as Kansas Superintendent of the Year and  Kansas Commissioner of Education.  Cheryl’s closing comments focused on moving forward during the next several months.   Semmel currently serves as the executive […]

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Dr. Randy Watson – Selected Kansas Commissioner of Education & Kansas Superintendent Of The Year (KSSA Talk #31)

December 4, 2014

  Dr. Randy Watson joins KSSA Talk to discuss his recent selection as the Kansas Superintendent of the Year, and an even bigger announcement that he has been selected as the Kansas Commissioner of Education. He reflects on those who encouraged him along the way in his career, and his vision going forward, for education […]

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Cory Gibson Superintendent, USD 262 Valley Center (KSSA Talk #30)

November 20, 2014

Mr. Gibson joined the Valley Center administrative team in July of 2012. He has worked in a wide variety of positions within schools since 1992. Experiences include that of a custodian, para-educator, substitute teacher, teacher, counselor, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent.  Prior to joining the Valley Center School District, he served as the superintendent of […]

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Dr. Diane DeBacker, Kansas Commissioner of Education (KSSA Talk #29)

April 17, 2014

Diane DeBackerDr. Diane DeBacker, Kanas Commissioner of Education, has been working in education for the past 32 years. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in education, Dr. DeBacker holds a Master’s of Education in curriculum and instruction, an Educational Administration Certification, district level certification and a Doctorate of Educational Administration and Leadership. Her varied experience […]

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Cindy Lane – Superintendent Of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KSSA Talk #28)

April 3, 2014

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) has a history of excellence in leadership. Since its formation in 1844, only 12 superintendents have served at its helm. Dr. Cynthia Lane took her position as superintendent in July 2010. Lane has more than 30 years of professional experience in the educational realm, including 25 years in […]

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