Stanley Roth Jr. - Honored in 2022
John P. St. John Memorial High School
Class of 1953
(May 21, 1935 — )
Stan’s education in Olathe was the foundation for a lifelong career as a high school and university science instructor. After earning a bachelor’s in education with majors in biology and industrial arts, and a master’s in biology from Emporia State Teachers College, Stan embarked on a 40-year career as biology teacher in the Lawrence School District. He created live menagerie classrooms and led many field trips, near and far, to enhance the learning experience for his students. Students have remarked on Stan’s demanding teaching approach, but noted he was always there for them before and after school. Stan sees potential in all students, saying “I teach students, not biology.” In addition to teaching, Stan served as a field biologist for State of Kansas Biological Survey, contract field biologist for Kansas Fish and Game Commission, and president of the Kansas Academy of Science at various points in his career. His research projects have ranged from nesting colonies of the Great Blue Heron to the winter activity of cave bats. A 1953 Eagle Scout, Stan has continued to stay involved with scouting.