Distinguished Alumni 2016

Award recipients honored at Homecoming football game


2016 Distinguished Alumni award winners Ted Martin and Dr. Sandy Clutter were recognized during half-time of the Sept. 16 Homecoming football game.

They were also special guests at an alumni/staff tailgate party before the game.

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DAA Martin and Clutter web

Distinguished Alumni Award recipients honored at luncheon


2016 Distinguished Alumni Award winners Ted Martin (Class of 1985) and Dr. Sandy Clutter (Class of 1971) were the guests of honor at a Sept. 16 luncheon with the Foundation Board.

Each received Resolutions from the state House of Representatives, the state Senate, and Proclamations from Peculiar Mayor Holly Stark and Raymore Mayor Kris Turnbow.
DAA Foundation Board with DAA web
Pictured from left: Jodie Huston, Foundation Executive Director; Meryl Lange, Foundation Board Member; Dr. Kari Monsees, Superintendent; Ted Martin, Distinguished Alumni award recipient; Larry Dobson, Foundation Board Member; Dr. Sandy Clutter, Distinguished Alumni award recipient; Phil Parke, Foundation Board President; Allison Bruflat, Foundation Board Member; and Pam Steele, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer.

Foundation announces Distinguished Alumni award recipients


The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation announces Dr. Sandy Clutter and Ted Martin as its 2016 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award.

In addition to outstanding careers in public service, both Clutter and Martin have contributed in significant ways to the betterment of their communities, with an emphasis on supporting youth.

Dr. Sandy Clutter


Dr. Sandy Clutter of Cleveland, Mo., retired in 2011 from a 34-year career in special education. She has lived most of her life in Cass County. After attending Belton Schools through 7th grade, she moved to Peculiar and attended Ray-Pec Schools, graduating from Ray-Pec High School in 1971.

She earned an associate’s degree at Longview Community College and a bachelor’s degree in education from Avila University. 

Sandy Clutter web

She earned a master’s degree in reading from Southwest Missouri State University, a doctorate in Special Education/Administration from the University of Kansas, and an endorsement for school superintendent from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Clutter worked for three school districts. In 1976, she worked for the Harrisonville School District and established the behavior disorders classroom. From 1977 to 1981, she worked as a special education teacher in the Marionville School District. From 1981 to 2011, she worked for the Belton School District. She was a special education teacher and building coordinator for 10 years, before becoming Special Education Coordinator/Assistant Director. From 1997 to 2011, she was Assistant Superintendent for Special Services.


Clutter helped develop the Class Within the Class model of inclusion for Belton and the State of Missouri, and was the first elementary special education teacher in the nation to work within this model.  She presented training on CWC on an annual basis until she retired. She presented sessions to other school districts, to college classes, and at statewide meetings.

She brought the area-wide Special Olympics basketball competition to Belton, and it has been held in Belton since 2000. She expanded the Special Olympics Polar Plunge from a BHS Student Council fundraiser to a district-wide event, and donations grew to more than $20,000 annually at the time she retired. Clutter expanded Special Olympics from bowling and track and field to also include basketball, bocce, and dance team. She also moved coaches from unpaid volunteers to paid positions.

She helped develop the varsity lettering criteria for Special Olympics athletes in 2000. Belton was the first district in the Kansas City area to allow Special Olympians to earn a varsity letter. Since that time, other districts, including Ray-Pec, now allow Special Olympics athletes to earn a varsity letter.

She was instrumental in the formation of the Cass County Cooperative, through which five Cass County School Districts meet to collaborate and plan activities for youth with special needs. Also under her leadership as Assistant Superintendent for Special Services, the Sheryl Johnson Life Center (SJLC) was developed to address the needs of students 18-21 as they make the transition to independent living.


Clutter is president of the Board of Hope Haven, a domestic violence shelter in Cass County, and the Executive Director of Belton CARES.  Her community service includes membership and leadership with other organizations, and she has received numerous awards and honors, including the Missouri CASE Director of the Year award in 1998, the Kansas City Special Olympics Volunteer award in 2006, the Avila Alumni Award in 2009, and the Belton CARES Community Volunteer award in 2010. Earlier this year, she was named to the Belton High School Hall of Fame.

Theodore (Ted) Martin


Ted Martin is the Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director for the City of Branson Fire & Rescue Department. A 1985 graduate of Raymore-Peculiar High School, he now resides in Branson with his wife, Kathy, and 11-year-old son, Luke.

Martin began attending Raymore-Peculiar Schools as a third grader in 1975 at Raymore Elementary School. In high school, Ted was the manager and trainer for the basketball and football teams, and received specialized training during the summer of 1984 at the Fred Wappel Camp for Athletic Trainers at the University of Missouri, Columbia. 
Ted Martin web

He also participated in the DECA program that allowed him to work the second half of the school day. Martin worked at Mid-America Re-conditioning, a company owned by former Ray-Pec football Coach Terry Santone, where they reconditioned football gear. Martin credits a host of Ray-Pec faculty and staff for making a positive impact on his personal and professional life.

He continued his education at The College of the Ozarks, earning a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in journalism and photography and a minor in Animal Science.  While at college, he became an on-site firefighter and joined other boys living in the campus firehouse. He then attained his Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic certifications, which led to employment with the Taney County Ambulance District and serving as a volunteer firefighter with the Western Taney County Fire Department. After college he earned his state certifications as a fire inspector, fire investigator, and fire officer. 

Martin became certified in teaching and testing all firefighter ratings, and earned the Executive Fire Officer Certification from the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. He has been employed with the Branson Fire & Rescue Department the past 20 years, and has been chief since 2011.

Over the past 30 years in the Branson community, Martin has focused much his off-duty time working with teenagers through church ministry, as a volunteer and board member with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, as a leader for the youth ministry K-Life (a non-denominational Christian outreach to unchurched teenagers), and as a licensed foster parent.  In 2008, the Silver Dollar City Foundation presented Martin with the “Cares for Kids” award at the Branson Chamber of Commerce event for his service to the community’s children.


In 2003, he was awarded the Meritorious Award for Distinguished Community Service by an Alumni, from the College of the Ozarks. He is annually active with the Community Day of Caring, a day in which volunteers help at local non-profit organizations. In 2008, he was given the Apple From the Teacher Award from the Tri-Lakes Retired Teachers’ Association for service to his community.

Martin was chosen as the 2003 Employee of the Year for the City of Branson in recognition of being the originator and inspiration behind a new Fire Safety House.  As Technical Services Division Chief of the Fire Department, Ted was responsible for public information, and through that, he created and expanded the annual National Fire Safety Week program into the full month of fire education for every student in every grade in Branson.

Past honorees of the Distinguished Alumni Award:

  • Linda Bass
  • Larry L. Dobson
  • Beth (Long) Files
  • Cole Haynes
  • Teresa (January) Hensley
  • Emily Lange
  • Chris Molendorp
  • Nancy Morris

Seeking nominations


The Foundation invites you to nominate someone for the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award.

The Foundation established the award in 2014 to honor and recognize alumni who exemplify the values, the tradition, and the successes of Raymore-Peculiar High School, Peculiar High School, or Raymore High School. Their accomplishments will inspire and encourage other students to do the same.

Eligibility requirements

  • The nominee must be a graduate of Raymore-Peculiar High School, Peculiar High School, or Raymore High School.
  • A period of ten years must have elapsed between graduation and nomination for induction.
  • The individual serves as a model of integrity for young people.
  • The nominee must have made a significant contribution to their community or their field of work, or have been recognized for an outstanding achievement, accomplishment, contribution or act that has had a profound and positive effect.
  • Any supporting material such as newspaper articles, stories, letters of recommendation, etc. should be submitted with the nomination form. The selection committee will review only the information provided and will not do further research.
  • Please note: Elected officials may be nominated, but an individual currently running for political office is not eligible for the award.

Nomination/selection procedure


Anyone may nominate a graduate for consideration. All nominees will be notified to accept the nomination and provide a current resume or bio. A nomination form is linked below. The Foundation Alumni Committee will review the nominations and notify both the inductee and the nominator in August. If the nominee is not selected for induction, the nomination form will be kept for one additional year for consideration.

Please feel free to attach a current résumé, articles or newspaper clippings. Any additional information you feel would help the selection committee should be included with the nomination form. Deadline for Nomination: July 29, 2016

Please submit nominations to:
Raymore-Public School Public School Foundation
Attn: Jodie Huston
PO Box 789
Peculiar, MO 64078
Electronic nomination form