Jo Lamar


Jo Lamar

Professor of Teacher Education

Doctorate in Education
K-9 Kansas State Teaching License with ESOL endorsement

AA; 1982, Indian Hills Community College
BS; Education, 1984, Truman State University
MEd; Curriculum and Instruction, 1991, MidAmerica Nazarene University
EdD; Education, 2005, University of Kansas

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“What I love most about teaching at MNU is the ability to make life time relationships with my students and the MNU basketball team. Many of our students are still very close friends after they have graduated, moved into career life, married, and begin a family. I love to see how our graduates leave MNU to passionately serve in their communities and families with purpose!”

—Jo Lamar

Awards & Honors
Involvement at MNU

Awards & Honors

  • Pi Lambda Theta / Who’s Who Among American Teachers
  • Junior Achievement Teacher of the Year, 2011


  • Sabbatical semester to write curriculum for Gateways to Better Education, Fall 2012
  • Sabbatical semester to be a substitute teacher in Olathe Schools, Fall 2012
  • Facilitator for N.E.W. -Annual conference, July 2011
  • ESOL 6303 Linguistics course in preparation for Praxis Exam, Summer 2012
  • Presenter for Olathe Christian Teacher In-service, April 2011 & January 2012
  • Presenter at ACSI Kansas City Educator Convention, October 2009 and October 2006
  • Facilitator for N.E.W. -Annual conference, July 2009
  • Presenter, MNU Faculty Poster Exhibition, April 2009
  • Nominating Committee for Pi Lambda Theta, 2007-2009
  • Presenter for Back to School at Risen Lamb Nazarene, Sept. 2008
  • Math-Science Think Tank, Olathe District Schools, Sept. 2006
  • Professional Development Presenter for Claridge Primary School, Jan. 2006
  • Adjunct Faculty for MNU Graduate Studies in Education, as needed. 2004-2007
  • Coordinator of Junior Achievement volunteers, Aug. 2003-present
  • Presenter at Kansas Middle School Educators Conference, Feb. 2003
  • Science Fair Judge at various area school districts, Jan. 2003-present

Involvement at MNU

  • Faculty Adviser of Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society, Aug. 2005-present
  • Faculty Adviser of PTCO; Professional Teacher Candidate Org., Aug. 2004-present
  • Teacher & Mission trip sponsor to Sun Valley Indian School, May 2008-present
  • Kansas State Coordinator for Gateways to Better Education, Nov. 2006-present
  • Hostess to basketball recruits and their parents, 1987-present
  • Alumni activities

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