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Having received three degrees from CMSU, Larry M. Keisker followed family tradition when he came here to study. In fact, four generations of his family have called this campus their alma mater.
Long after earning bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees from CMSU, Keisker has found ways to give back to the institution through service and leadership activities with groups such as the Alumni Association, of which he is a former president. He retired Dec. 31, 2004 after serving 11 years as director of clinical services and certification in the College of Education and Human Services.
In that capacity, Keisker oversaw an office that monitors student progress from the time they are admitted to the teacher education program to the time they are certified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The office also oversees student teaching placement and other field experience placements.
Keisker came to campus in 1994 well prepared for the challenges of his new post. He had served previously as a teacher, supervisor and administrator. His many education-related positions included serving as an assistant to the superintendent in the North Kansas City School District, supervisor of instruction for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, assistant superintendent for the Belton School District, vice principal for Raytown South Junior High School and vocal music teacher at Raytown Senior High School. He also taught at Oklahoma State University as a graduate assistant while pursuing a doctorate in education administration.
Such experiences gave him an opportunity to work with teacher educators, and in the areas of certification and accreditation. While teaching in Raytown, he was also a supervising teacher for a number of student teachers from CMSU. Keisker resides in Lee’s Summit and is an active alumnus.