Career educator Hairston knows education from many sides

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 | 10:47 a.m. CDT; updated 1:02 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Gale “Hap” Hairston has the confidence of someone who has accomplished a lot in his lifetime. For 27 years he has been, at different times, a teacher, a principal and a football coach. Now, as director of educator preparation for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Hairston works to make sure new schoolteachers are better prepared to teach students in a rapidly changing world.