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Faculty - Education Department

The Education Faculty is a very close “family” of educators. Because of the department size, they get to work closely together and get to know one another and the students. By the time you are preparing to graduate, you will know all the crazy quirks about these professors. Get to know them by reading some fun facts!

Matthew J. Ramsey

Ph.D., Assistant Dean of the College, Associate Professor, Co-Chair, Director of Special Education

Dr. Ramsey is a 1998 graduate of Benedictine College with majors in Elementary and Special Education.  After graduating, Matt taught special education for five years in the Atchison Public Schools. He became principal of the Gillis School in 2005, serving in that position for two years before returning to the faculty of Benedictine in the Fall of 2007. He holds graduate degrees from Emporia State University (MS), Benedictine College (MA), and The University of Kansas (Ph.D.). His teaching areas include courses in the special education licensure program. He is most interested in improving access for individuals with disabilities in our Catholic communities.

Christi Adams

Ed.D, Associate Professor, Co-Chair

Dr. Adams earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Benedictine College in 2004. She earned a master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Emporia State University in 2006 and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Kansas in 2014. Dr. Adams worked for ten years in the Leavenworth, Kansas school district as a first-grade teacher, K-8 virtual education teacher, and virtual education administrator. She lives with her husband (a fellow Raven) and four children in Atchison. In her spare time, Dr. Adams enjoys family time, reading, cooking, coffee, and porch-sitting. 

Dianna Henderson

Ed.D., Professor, Director of Secondary Education

Dr. Henderson is a 1985 graduate of Benedictine College with majors in history, psychology, and secondary education. After graduating Dian taught history, psychology, and religion for fourteen years at Mount St. Scholastica Academy in Atchison. She became principal of MSSA in 1994, serving in that position until July of 1999. During that time, Dian served as an adjunct in Education for Benedictine College as well, helping out with supervising student teachers, and teaching secondary methods classes. She came back to her alma mater to teach full time in 1999 and received her doctorate at the University of Kansas in 2000. During her free time, Dr. Henderson enjoys spending time with her nine grandchildren, reading, traveling, gardening, and practicing her home improvement skills (or lack thereof!).

Piper Wentz

Ed.D., Associate Professor and Director of Elementary Education

 Dr. Piper Wentz graduated from The University of St. Mary with a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1993.  She then spent 12 years as a classroom teacher and went on to complete her M.A. in School Leadership here at Benedictine College. Dr. Wentz returned to Benedictine in 2011 as a professor in the Elementary Education program. She finished up her education at the University of Kansas with a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Teaching. Currently, Dr. Wentz teaches upper level methods courses and also supervises student teachers. She is passionate about incorporating children’s literature into the classroom and utilizing differentiation to meet the needs of all learners. Dr. Wentz enjoys spending time with her family on their small farm in Nortonville and is enjoying being a first-time grandma. In the meantime, she enjoys exploring the countryside on the back of her husband’s motorcycle, relaxing in their hot tub, and country sunsets. 

Maureen Huppe

Ph.D, Assistant Professor

Dr. Maureen Huppe received her B.S. in Elementary Education with endorsements in Math and Science.  She spent her early career teaching middle school math and science. She received her Master’s degree in Urban Leadership in 1998 from the University of Missouri in Kansas City.  She earned her Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Kansas in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies with a minor in Special Education. She has been a school administrator in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas for 23 years and served as adjunct professor for Benedictine for the last several years. Dr. Huppe’s dissertation topic was: Teaching All of God’s Children: Attitudes of administrators toward inclusion of children with disabilities in Catholic schools in Kansas.  She has a special interest in educational child development, data analysis, school improvement, and special education. Dr. Huppe enjoys spending time with her seven children and 14 grandchildren. She loves to read and work on home improvement projects in her spare time.

Kelly Cogan

M.S. Ed Assistant Professor

Mrs. Kelly Cogan graduated from Benedictine College with a degree in Elementary Education in 2006.  In 2007, she earned her certification to teach visually impaired through Missouri State University followed by her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University in 2009.  Mrs. Cogan currently attends the University of Kansas in pursuit of a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Teaching.  She spent seven years teaching special education and as an Autism consultant and then became the Director of Programs at The Farmer’s House where she developed and implemented community integrated vocational based-learning programs and transition opportunities for students with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities.  She is passionate about special education and the inclusion of all individuals with exceptionalities throughout schools and local communities.  At home she enjoys beautiful landscapes, delicious food and family which fill her life with joy.

Kevin Lunsford

M.A., Assistant Professor

Kevin Lunsford graduated from Benedictine College with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1987. Kevin spent five years serving the students of the Manhattan Catholic Schools as the Athletic Director, Physical Education Teacher, and coach. He then started 28 years of service with Leavenworth Public Schools first as a Physical Education teacher for 12 years. In 2004, Kevin earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Benedictine College and was hired as a building leader that year. In a short 16 years, Kevin led five different buildings during his tenure in leadership. He enjoys the family farm with his wife Carolyn. They have four sons, of whom two graduated from Benedictine College. His family is also blessed with three grandkids and two more on the way! 

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