Wednesday, April 27, 2011

LaBeth loves learning, laughing

Spend two minutes with Rodger LaBeth and one thing is clear: he enthusiastically embraces each day in his work as a professional development trainer at MCC. His ever-present smile and his perpetually-happy mood convey a genuine zeal for his career as an educator – and his love for lifelong learning.

It’s Rodger’s passion for his work that led to his nomination as April employee of the month for the Administrative Center.

Rodger’s 10 years at MCC was preceded by a career in collegiate and high school athletics. He worked as the football coach at Oak Grove High School and then in the same role at his alma mater, William Jewell College. His 20-year career at William Jewell included a stint as dean of physical education, athletics and facilities.

Rodger holds bachelor of arts degrees in biology and physical education from William Jewell and a master of arts degree in sports administration from Ohio University. He also completed coursework in the doctoral
 program at the University of Kansas.

With a hunger for both learning and teaching, Rodger truly enjoys working in an educational environment. Indeed, he sees helping people achieve their full potential as his life’s calling.

“I love teaching, I love helping people become more successful at their jobs,” he says. “Most of all I love being a part of the community that influences young people on in their life and career.”

When he’s not at work, he enjoys spending time at his ranch with his wife and their nine horses and other pets.

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