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Central’s long-standing reputation as a quality teaching education school is the result of the hard work and dedication of faculty members such as Dr. Ted Garten. He joined the university faculty 32 years ago and has retired as professor emeritus of secondary education.
Dr. Garten’s own education took place at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1962 and at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where he completed his master’s degree in 1967 and doctorate in 1969. He began his education career as a teacher at McPherson Kansas Public Schools in 1962, followed by employment as a teaching assistant at the University of Kansas, where he served for four years beginning in 1965. He joined the faculty at Central in 1969 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to full professor in 1978.
Dr. Garten finished his career at the university serving as chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, a position he held for 13 years. In addition to leading the department, the last six years were also spent helping the institution to prepare for successful National Council for Accreditation of Teaching Education and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education accreditations.
Dr. Garten and his wife, Mary, are the parents of two sons, Kevin and Kirk, and one daughter, Megan Garten Schoeni.