Ed Prentice joined the Rogers School District in 1974. During his 28 years of teaching social studies in the Rogers Public Schools, he served in many leadership roles, including as chairman of the Rogers High School Social Studies Department, as a member of a district superintendent search committee, and a building committee for the district's second high school. He also worked closely with student groups, sponsoring the National Honor Society, the Rogers High School Scott Paper Hi-Q team
(an academic competition predecessor to Quiz Bowl), and the History Club.
Prentice earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tulsa.
Before becoming a teacher, Prentice served four years in the U.S. Air Force, primarily with the 55th Air Rescue Squadron out of Kindley Air Force Base in Bermuda.
At RHS, he is particularly proud of having developed and taught two new classes in the 1980's, Asian History and the History of Terrorism. He also taught Government and World History night classes for four years during the earliest effort to establish a community college in Rogers.
Known for not only challenging his students but also mentoring them, Prentice received several local awards as well as a national award. He was named Teacher of the Year in 1993 and was the recipient of the Bonnie Grimes Award for those that go above and beyond for Rogers Public Schools students.
In 1994, Prentice was presented with the Nancy Lyman Roelker Award by the National Historical Association at their national convention in Chicago. The award is based on former students' and peer letters of recommendation. Since its inception 31 years ago, only 10 high school teachers have received this award, with the remaining 21 recipients chosen from various universities.
Prentice and his wife Beverly (also a retired Rogers educator) still own and operate a
400-acre farm raising Angus cattle on the banks of Big Sugar Creek in Southwest Missouri.
Prentice feels that the combination of teaching and farming has led to a full and rewarding life. Always a teacher that had his former students return to visit him, he is especially pleased that, even since his retirement in 2002, he still hears from former students, even some that he taught in 1975.