Oklahoma Teacher of the Year visits Northwestern campus

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Oklahoma Teacher of the Year visits Northwestern campus

Teacher of the Year visits Northwestern

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, Jason Proctor, visited Northwestern Oklahoma State University from Tahlequah to speak to the senior education majors.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jason Proctor of Tahlequah visited the Northwestern Oklahoma State University campus recently to speak to the senior education majors.

“The visit from the current Teacher of the Year for Oklahoma is a tradition started years ago to help educate and motivate student teachers about teaching as a profession,” Dr. Martie Young, professor of education, said.  “Every year we have been impressed by the passion of each representative of this prestigious honor.  The teacher candidates always come away with a better understanding of different areas of our profession.  Jason joined us from Tahlequah and talked very candidly about building relationships with students and how that impacts classroom results.”

Proctor teaches ninth-12th grade Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and Advanced Placement Calculus at Tahlequah High School, as well as coaching track and cross-country.  Proctor earned a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College in Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry Education from Ferris State University, also in Michigan. 

The Oklahoma Teacher of the Year is selected after going through a local district level election, regional election, and finally the state level, where candidates submit a DVD of themselves teaching, are recommended by the superintendent, and complete the interview process.  

"Years ago I learned that the results I witnessed from students directly correlated to the relationships I built with those students,” Proctor said of his teaching philosophy.  “The more I invest in the individual the further we go. Developing a foundation of trust and genuine concern has been my goal with any and all students who are open."

For more information about the Teacher of the Year program, visit http://ok.gov/sde/oklahoma-teacher-year.  For more information about the student teaching program at Northwestern, contact Young at mlyoung@nwosu.edu or (580) 213-3195.

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