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Dr. Gwen Burch Poss
Dr. Gwen Burch Poss
Ottawa USD 290
Friday, December 13, 2019


Ottawa High School:  1977

University of Kansas (B.S.E.):  1981

Kansas State University (M.S.):  l985

Kansas State University (M.S.): 1986

Kansas State University (Ed.D.): 1993


Gwen was a cheerleader and member of the Student Council and the National Honor Society at OHS.  She excelled in track, taking league and state titles in hurdles.  At the University of Kansas, she was the Big Eight Indoor 60 meter as well as 100 meter hurdle champion and in l981 was ranked in the Top Ten in the nation.

Dr. Poss’s teaching/administrative career has taken her from Ottawa High School to Olathe.  In 2003, she was selected to open Olathe Northwest High School which features cutting-edge programs in the areas of Aerospace and Engineering and eCommunications.

 Dr. Poss was selected as the Area 1 Principal of the Year in 2001 by the Kansas Secondary Principals.  She was president of the Sunflower League and has served on the board of directors for several professional organizations.

Dr. Poss is active in the Olathe community.  She was selected for the Leadership Olathe program and has chaired and served on Chamber of Commerce and City of Olathe committees that promote youth sports and strategic planning initiatives.