Northwestern Education Career Fair March 30; Guest Speaker Shane Sheehan to speak with potential educators

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Northwestern Education Career Fair March 30; Guest Speaker Shane Sheehan to speak with potential educators

March 21, 2016

Shane Sheehan Teacher of the YearShane Sheehan, 2016 Teacher of the Year

Northwestern Oklahoma State University will play host to the annual Education Career Fair on the Alva campus with the 2016 Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year as the guest speaker.

On Wednesday, March 30, at 9 a.m. in the President’s Room the Student Oklahoma Education Association will kick the day off by having Teacher of the Year Shane Sheehan speak with student teachers and other education majors.

The Education Career Fair will take place 10 a.m. to noon in the Wyatt Room and Ranger Room in the Student Center. School representatives seeking teaching candidates will be in attendance looking to fill open positions and talking to potential employees. Sheehan will be available during the Education Fair for a round table discussion with interested educators.

Sheehan, specialized education/algebra I teacher and founder of “Teach Like Me” from Norman High School, will speak to future educators about the real-world application and the trending movement “Teach Like Me” Campaign (#TeachLikeMe).

Sheehan has been awarded the 2014-15 Norman High School Teacher of the Year, 2015 Norman Public Schools District Teacher of the Year, 2016 National Education Association Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2016 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.

Previously, Sheehan served in the Air Force but was medically disqualified for kidney-related illness. No immediate backup plan for a career, he enjoyed filling the summer with after-school programs, where he worked with kids with disabilities and coached Special Olympics.

“I was very comfortable working with children and adults with disabilities,” Sheehan said. “I realized there was a great need to serve my community in another way.”

Sheehan grew his career in education, which led to him creating the campaign #TeachLikeMe which can be found at

“The‘TeachLikeMe’Campaign's main goal is to improve teacher recruitment and retention by redefining public perceptions of the teaching profession,” Sheehan said. “I recognized last year that teachers need to do a better job of speaking positively about our job. It's easy to focus on all the negative things that surround education, so I asked teachers to come together and start sharing the good things about why we love teaching.”

Students are encouraged to dress professionally and bring resume copies. Many of the area schools are invited to the Education Career Fair to recruit upcoming Northwestern graduates for possible employment in the teaching field.

For more information about the Northwestern Education Department contact Dr. Christee Jenlink, professor of education and chair of the Division of Education, at (580) 327-8450 or

For more information on the Education Career Fair, sponsored by Career Services, contact Lisa Franz at or (580) 327-8606.