NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Sometimes who you know can be as important as what you know. Emily Rothlisberger, a junior education major from Leonardville currently studying at Bethel College, has found her career path strewn with Bethel connections that developed well before her student days.
As a requirement for the class School and Community, taught by Lisa Janzen Scott (a 1984 Bethel College graduate), Rothlisberger recently spent time observing Michael Brown (Bethel 1975), a math teacher at Stucky Middle School in Wichita. The principal of Stucky is Ken Jantz (Bethel 1981), whose brother Allen Jantz (Bethel 1984) is associate professor of education and directs the secondary education program at Bethel.
And that’s not all. Stucky Middle School was named for longtime Wichita educator and superintendent of schools Dean Stucky (Bethel 1947). Stucky died in 2000 and his widow, Hulda Stucky of Wichita (Bethel 1945), set up the Dean R. and Hulda G. Stucky Scholarship Fund in 2004.
To qualify for this endowed scholarship, a student must be a Bethel junior or senior whose career goal is teaching in primary, secondary and higher education, with preference given to students who want to teach in inner city schools or other educational programs that promote diversity. The first recipient of the Stucky Scholarship: Emily Rothlisberger.