Mickey Bogart is currently an adjunct instructor in the College of Education at Kansas State University. At the time of her Award, she taught history and social studies at Manhattan High School in Manhattan, where her primary responsibility as a teacher entailed teaching her students how to "conceptualize and solve problems." At that time, 26 years in education had taught Bogart that today's successful teacher "abandons archaic textbooks and provides a hands-on, creative, real-life problem solving environment." In order to create the appropriate conditions for her students to stay abreast of a changing world, Bogart felt called upon to be the first to "embrace change, and model risk-taking." To give her students the opportunity to "readily adjust to the changes in the high-tech world in which they live," she brought both a sense of realism and a spirit of innovation to her classroom. "The most important contribution I can make as an educator," she said, "is to touch the intellectual souls of those students I meet each year, to open their minds to the endless possibilities, to inspire them to be the keepers of the vision, and ultimately, to show them that without imagination there will be no knowledge."
1965 Fort Hays State University, B.S.