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Hoover to be honored at retirement celebration May 3

Friday, April 24, 2015

20150311_stone_house_0063 LuAnn700A celebration on May 3 will honor LuAnn Hoover, who is retiring after devoting 37 years to the children and students at Hoeflin Stone House Early Childhood Education Center.

Punch and cookies will be served from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hoeflin Stone House.

Since 1978, Hoover has served as an early childhood education instructor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services within the College of Human Ecology. She has touched the lives of hundreds of college students and two generations of toddlers and preschoolers.

The Sunday event is an opportunity for former families and former and current colleagues and friends to wish her well.

“Her students have recognized LuAnn for her energy and enthusiasm, inspiring them as future teachers of young children,” said Mary DeLuccie, associate professor and director of Stone House. “LuAnn’s teaching philosophy always has been exemplified in her strengths-based, supportive mentoring to early childhood education pre-service teachers.”

Hoover has served as a master teacher in the toddler program and has been influential in supporting early childhood research activities at Hoeflin Stone House and facilitating international early childhood education study programs.

“LuAnn’s creative vision led to the development of the inclusive preschool program, educating young children with special needs, at the Early Childhood Laboratory at Stone House,” DeLuccie added.

Hoover received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in family and child development from Kansas State University.

Photo: LuAnn Hoover will trade the Stone House playground for her garden and grandchildren when she retires in May.

This article was posted on Friday, April 24, 2015, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services.