Former SHS director Jim Keef to be inducted into Education Hall of Fame | Cutting Bank Pioneer Press

Montana Western University’s Department of Education and Alumni Office, in partnership with Stockman Bank, presents the ninth annual Night of Stars to be held April 23 at the Western Montana campus. This year’s event will induct five Montana Western alumni into the Education Hall of Fame in recognition of their phenomenal dedication to education. Hall of Fame inductees include former Shelby High School principal James (Jim) L. Keef.

Keef served as principal at Shelby High from August 1973 to June 1977. During his tenure at Shelby, Keef served as counselor to the Key Club and president of the Kiwanis Club.

Keef is a native of Butte, Montana, graduating from Western Montana College in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. He continued his studies by obtaining his master’s degree in education in 1962 and obtained his doctorate in education in 1976.

Keef was the superintendent of a primary and secondary education building for 21 years. He left a lasting impression in every school he attended. He has published educational articles in the Clearing House Journal, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Bulletin, Montana Standard, Dillon Tribune, and Dillonite Daily in support of public education.

Keef worked as a high school science and social studies teacher for 13 years in Montana and Oregon. He was Superintendent of the K-12 Montana School District in Choteau for two years and for three years in Livingston. He also served in school districts in Washington.

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