Title: Mathematics Educator
Company: Washburn University
Location: Topeka, Kansas, United States
Roger Dirks, Mathematics Educator at Washburn University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mathematics education.
With a career spanning more than 40 years, Mr. Dirks has enlightened young minds in the field of mathematics. He credits his success to his passion and love for what he does, as well as applying a creative touch to teaching. Because math is a universal language, Mr. Dirks believes his students can all comprehend its complexities by means of problem solving and thinking outside of the box. From 2008 to 2016, Mr. Dirks applied these principles to his position as an adjunct instructor at Washburn University. He previously taught mathematics at Rossville Junior/Senior High School and directed the Student Support Services for the Topeka Public Schools USD 501. Mr. Dirks has also been the assistant principal at Topeka West High School. He started his career as a mathematics teacher of high school students at the Topeka Public Schools USD 601 in 1964.
Growing up, Mr. Dirks felt a calling to math and attended Bethany College to receive a Bachelor of Science in 1963. He continued his education at Kansas State University to receive a Master of Science in 1966. In addition to his career positions as an educator and academic administrator, Mr. Dirks has also served on the Board of Directors for the Mainstream Nonprofit Solutions Inc. for a number of years. Since 2008, he has provided his expertise and guidance to students as the Student Teacher Supervisor at Washburn University. Mr. Dirks has been the chair of the Juvenile Correction Advisory Board for the Kansas Third Judicial District since 1997, and he has owned 1st Ink and Rare Books since 2011.
Mr. Dirks is the coauthor of two training manuals, “Training Manuel for ABE.GED Teachers” and “Training Manuel for Experience ABE/GED Instructors.” He has maintained professional affiliation with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Kansas Adult Education Association, the Missouri Valley Adult Education Association, the National Education Association, and the Kaw Valley Education Association. Looking toward the future, he endeavors to continue his present work as long as he enjoys doing it.
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