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K-State Today

April 24, 2015



Hoover to retire after 37 years at Stone House

By Jane P. Marshall

LuAnn Hoover is retiring after working with Manhattan area children and K-State students at Hoeflin Stone House Early Childhood Education Center for 37 years.

A celebration on May 3 will honor Hoover at Hoeflin Stone House. Punch and cookies will be served from 2-4 p.m.

Since 1978, Hoover has served as an early childhood education instructor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services. She has touched the lives of hundreds of college students and two generations of toddlers and preschoolers.

The Sunday event is an opportunity for former families and former and current colleagues and friends to wish her well.

"Her students have recognized LuAnn for her energy and enthusiasm, inspiring them as future teachers of young children," said Mary DeLuccie, associate professor and director of Stone House. "LuAnn's teaching philosophy always has been exemplified in her strengths-based, supportive mentoring to early childhood education preservice teachers."

Hoover has served as a master teacher in the toddler program and has been influential in supporting early childhood research activities at Stone House and facilitating international early childhood education study programs.

"LuAnn's creative vision led to the development of the inclusive preschool program, educating young children with special needs, at the Early Childhood Laboratory at Stone House," DeLuccie said.

Hoover received bachelor's and master's degrees in family and child development from K-State.