For his outstanding contributions as an elementary physical education teacher, Jerry is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Nancy Faqua, Malee, Denny, Connor, and Kate Lynn, Mitch, Danielle, Kinley and Brynn Fuaqua, Mildred and Forrest Steeves, Barry Steeves, and Roe Schmidt.
Jerry Fuqua began his career in education in 1966, in Valley Falls, Kansas, after graduating from Emporia State Teachers College. He taught Junior High Science and Math and coached all Junior High sports.
After teaching five years, a school board member recommended that Jerry pursue his Masters degree in Administration. He drove to Emporia twice a week to attend classes until he reached this goal. Upon completion, he was hired as the Elementary Principal, a post he held for ten years, until he was hired by that district as Superintendent of Schools.
Jerry Fuqua served as Superintendent in Valley Falls for nine years until 1990, when he accepted a position as Superintendent of School in Holton, Kansas. He held that position until his retirement in July of 2002.
Jerry was an involved administrator. During the winter, he often would get up at 4:oo a.m. to drive the roads in the district to make sure they were safe before the school bus drivers started on their daily routes. He also drove school bus routes when a substitute driver was needed and lent “elbow grease” to various construction projects such as the building of a track and the construction of district buildings. Jerry also testified several times in front of Kansas Legislative Committees in support of education programs. His favorite time was the time he spent in the classroom helping with projects, judging forensic tournaments, and reading the kids in the lower grades.
He was also involved in the community, including involvement in local civic organizations, chambers of commerce, and church committees. He served as an Emergency Medical Technician on the local volunteer fire department while in Valley Falls.
Jerry Fuqua received several awards during his career, including:
- Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators General Education Administrator of the Year, 2000.
- Kansas Scholastic Press Association Administrator of the Year, 1998.
- Nominated for Kansas Master Teacher Award by the Valley Falls Educators Association, 1978.
- Outstanding Young Educator Award presented by Valley Falls Jaycees, 1969.