"The world is changing so quickly that we will have to constantly go on learning in order to adapt," says Mark Lueckenhoff, a fifth- and sixth-grade social studies teacher at Ewing Elementary School in Ewing. Recognizing a change in this rural community away from agriculture-based industry, Mr. Lueckenhoff has incorporated computer and media technologies throughout the curriculum to better prepare his students for the job market he sees in their future. His students produce videos, publish a newspaper and are well-acquainted with the uses of digital cameras, scanners and the Internet. Mr. Lueckenhoff's students also get hands-on experience and the opportunity to pursue practical applications of math, science and mapping skills through their involvement with the Missouri Stream Team program, a state-wide program instituted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to monitor water quality. Mr. Lueckenhoff has also authored and co-authored two geography lesson plan books. Though now officially retired, he still teaches half time as a librarian at Highland High School
1977 Illinois State University, B.A.