Professional Education Hall of Fame to Induct Anderson, McCannell, Weyer

Bemidji State University’s Professional Education Department and Alumni Foundation will induct Richard “Dick” Anderson ’68 ’75 ’87 of Solway, Daryle McCannell ’73 of Brandon, Manitoba and Jean (Fulton) Weyer ’81 of Menahga into the University’s Professional Education Hall of Fame at an April 8 dinner in their honor. The event will take place at 6 p.m. in the American Indian Resource Center on the BSU campus.

This award honors alumni who demonstrate excellence in teaching students or managing schools. The event is open to the public, and tickets are $25 per person. Register online at or call 218-755-3989.

Richard “Dick” Anderson ’68, ’75, ‘87

A bachelor’s of science degree in elementary education was the beginning of Richard “Dick” Anderson’s distinguished career as an educator. He went on to earn a master’s degree in elementary education in 1975 and a second master’s degree in administration in 1987, from Bemidji State. Anderson was an elementary and lead teacher at Solway School for more than 20 years before becoming principal of Lincoln Elementary School. He was named principal of Bemidji High School in 2002. He held that position until retiring in 2009.

Daryle McCannell ‘73

McCannell earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in physical education and health in 1979 from Bemidji State. Since 1987, McCannell has been a physical education professor at Brandon University. In 2010, he was named chair of the Physical Education Department.

He has continued his professional development by attending and presenting at conferences, conducting research and writing articles for publication. He maintains memberships in SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators), PHE Canada and the Manitoba Physical Education Teachers Association. His peers have recognized his work by awarding him the 2014 Brandon University Alumni Excellence of Teaching Award, 2013 Order of Felis Rufus. (Felis Rufus is an honor society that recognizes those individuals whose distinguished work helps promote the quality and excellence of Brandon University.) He also received the 2012 Manitoba Physical Education Teachers Association “Innovator Award.”

Jean (Fulton) Weyer ‘81

Weyer obtained a bachelor of science in elementary education with a coaching certificate from BSU. She earned a master of science in educational leadership from Southwest (Minn.) State University in 2000. She spent 33 years in elementary education; teaching grades one through six and serving as the administrator of a pre-K through grade six parochial school. She currently is a literacy education consultant and coach for NJPA Education Solutions.

Recognition for Weyer’s professional accomplishments includes 1998 Sully Buttes K-12 Teacher of the Year in Onida, S.D., 2003 Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence from KSAX-TV in Alexandria and 2006 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
The former BSU field hockey and basketball player coached girls’ basketball for 10 years, including four as head coach at Menagha High School.

Bemidji State University’s Professional Education Hall of Fame inducts new members every two years.