The Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame just added one of Independence School Districts' finest teacher to its exclusive hall of who's who in Kansas education. Jim Hogan received the notice he was going to receive the honor last weekend. 

"I had no idea I had been nominated and it was a shock when I received the letter stating that I was one of six chosen to be inducted into the Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame," said Hogan.  

The Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame is the first one of its kind in the United States. It is dedicated to early and present day teachers who have devoted their lives to the profession. The KTHF was established in 1977 and is located in Dodge City. There has been  234 inductees since 1977 and only two have come from Independence, including Hogan. A nominee must have been a certified K-12 teacher or administrator for at least 25 years in the state of Kansas.

Hogan worked as a teacher in the Industrial Arts for 35 years before retiring in 2005. He began his career in 1970 to 1975 at Roosevelt Middle School in Coffeyville teaching General Shop. In 1976, he moved his teaching skills to Independence High School where he taught Materials and Processes l, Materials  and Processes ll, Machine Woodworking Technology, and Advanced Cabinet and Furniture Making. In 1976, Hogan added to his schedule the position of adjunct teacher with Independence Community College teaching Woodworking l and Woodworking ll. It was in 2005 that he decided to go into retirement from his teaching responsibilities only. He continues to be involved in his community on a variety of committees and boards.

In 1966, Hogan graduated from Moline High School. He went on the graduate from Independence Community College and transferred to Pittsburg State University in 1970 where he received a bachelor's degree in Industrial Arts. In 1978, Hogan completed his master's degree form Pittsburg State University in Industrial Arts. 

Hogan's teaching  philosophy as he stated, "I cared for my students, they knew safety was my number one goal in my classes. Simple projects developed skills that transferred to larger projects of their own choosing. This kept them coming back to class. Rarely do students tell teachers what they are going to do but in my advanced classes that was just the opposite. These students were excited from the conception to the finished project. The successes they experienced helped them on to new challenges later in their lives," said Hogan. 

He said he what was most rewarding to him was helping students build something in which they took pride and ownership. Many former students would come back to visit, showing him pictures of projects they've since built. "I cherished those visits and seeing the spark I helped light has not gone out," Hogan said. 

Some of the letters of sent to support Hogan's nomination read:

"Upon graduation from high school, I decided to pursue a teaching degree in technology education. This was in no small part a direct result of the influence of Mr. Hogan," Brian Sullivan.

"Jim has worked tirelessly in our community to make it a better place for all," Tim Emert.

"Jim loved teaching. He loved teaching Industrial arts even more. Many teachers who retire walk away from the area of instruction. Jim was a wonderful teacher, and remains a wonderful teacher," Dave Torbett

"As an educational leader, I have patterned my own leadership style in his footsteps trying to remain positive in the face of all odds and always seeking ways to provide services to others," Rusty Arnold. 

"Jim's strength was his ability to instill in students from all walks of life the desire for pride in their projects and the realization that they all had the potential for success — if they put forth the effort," Tim Knoles. 

Jim Hogan will be officially inducted in the Kansas Teacher's Hall of Fame in June.