Cassville native receives honorary doctorate from MSU

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Lampe makes contributions across many fields

Cassville native Sara Lampe, who spoke at the Missouri State University’s 2017 commencement ceremony, was the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from the university, of which she is an alumna.

Lampe is the daughter of Eunice Thomas, whom the Cassville Elementary School is named after.

Lampe has amassed several notable accomplishments over the course of her career across several fields, including schools, education, government and consulting.

She was appointed by former Gov. Jay Nixon to chair the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, and her Springfield-based consulting group, Sara Lampe and Associates, LLC, works with teachers and schools nationwide who are interested in developing responsive and thinking classrooms for students. Lampe’s initiatives include MOLEAD, a statewide program to train school leaders.

Lampe graduated from Missouri State in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Elementary Education, Speech and Theatre, and in 1976 with a Master of Science in Elemnetary Administration. Lampe acted in Tent Theatre and was a member of the college USO tour.

Lampe helped co-create Missouri’s premier services for gifted students for Springfield Public Schools. Today, the WINGS programs span kindergarten through 12th grades, and offer a variety of services from rapid acceleration to an International Baccalaureate diploma. During this time, she was also an adjunct professor at Drury University and served as principal of Phelps Center for the Gifted.

Lampe has also contributed to making positive changes on the political stage, winning a seat in the Missouri General Assembly in 2004, serving four, two-year terms in the House of Representatives. During that time, she held leadership positions as ranking member on budget, education special committee on the arts and downsizing state government. She fought for stronger laws in protecting students from bullying, earning her the Horace Mann Award from the Missouri National Education Association. Lampe also led her caucus to cast the deciding votes to pass a bill changing the university’s name to Missouri State University in 2005.

Lampe is the daughter of the late Eunice Thomas, and her father, Aubrey Thomas.

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