2016 College of Education Hall of Fame inductee Richard Benson ’54, M.S. ’55, has taken on new challenges throughout his 63-year career as an educator and civil servant. He’s served as a middle level English teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, national education consultant, adult educator and Village President. Benson earned his bachelor’s in elementary education in 1954 and master’s in elementary school administration in 1955 from Illinois State.
During 41-years of service to education, 2016 College of Education Hall of Fame inductee Mary Camp ’76, M.S. ’88, Ed.D. ’11, led advocacy efforts for students with disabilities with national impact. Now retired, she is co-authoring the textbook Managing Student Behavior: Methods for Success. Camp earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, and a certificate of advanced study from Illinois State in 1976, 1988, 2011, and 1998, respectively.
Kathy Horvath ’80 is a leading educational content expert in Illinois. Now in her 37th year of service, her ability to develop and communicate best practices has improved learning outcomes students in her districts and across the state. She has served as a teacher, state field advisor, director of school improvement, assistant superintendent, and author. Horvath earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from Illinois State University in 1980.
2016 College of Education Hall of Fame inductee Mark Pagel ’90, M.S. ’01, owns a contagious enthusiasm for putting students first through his work as a K-8 teacher, coach, and administrator. He earned his bachelor’s in middle level education in 1990 and master’s in educational administration in 2001 from Illinois State. His accolades include the 2010 Illinois Middle School Principal of the Year and Who’s Who Among American Teachers awards.
2016 College of Education Hall of Fame inductee Joseph Rives, Ph.D. ’94, leads economies of higher education to financial prosperity by through the creation of new, sustainable programming and strategic planning at Illinois State and Western Illinois. He earned a master’s in psychology measurement and statistics in 1990 and a Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations in 1994 from Illinois State.
James Thompson ’80, M.S.Ed. ’89, is an internationally recognized educator whose tireless research led to a groundbreaking assessment to understand people with disabilities by their needs for extra support. He served as a professor and leader for the Department of Special Education at Illinois State for over 20 years. Thompson earned his bachelor’s in special education in 1980 and master’s of educational administration in 1989, both from Illinois State University.
2016 College of Education Hall of Fame inductee Kimberly Thomas ’93 earned her bachelor’s in middle level education from Illinois State in 1993. She has taught middle level math in Peoria Public School with an infectious zeal and creativity for 23 years. During her career, she has transformed struggling students into those who excel at math and look forward to her class. In 2016, the Illinois State Board of Education recognized her as the state’s teacher of the year.