Teacher of the Year provides tips to future educators; Attends McKeever School dedication

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Teacher of the Year provides tips to future educators; Attends McKeever School dedication

December 14, 2011

 Milt and Becky Lehr
Dr. Milt and Becky Lehr began restoring McKeever School in 2000, and the school was moved in 2001 to the Northwestern-Alva campus.

 Dean and Patty Nusser
Dean and Patty Nusser gave Northwestern the McKeever School, a one-room school house, in 2000.  McKeever School remained in use until 1948, and then served as a community building for several years.

Before education students graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, they took with them some inspiring and enthusiastic words from Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Kristin Shelby. Shelby spoke to education graduates, including a student group from Langton University.

Shelby is a fourth grade teacher at Sallie Gillentine Elementary School in Hollis Public Schools, and was named the 2012 Teacher of the Year.

She is a National Board Certified Teacher with 16 years of classroom experience, and has been in her current position three years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Oklahoma State University.

“If my students love school, strive for personal excellence and leave my class prepared for future paths, then I have accomplished my mission,” Shelby wrote in the portfolio that was considered by the Teacher of the Year selection committee.

 Teacher of the Year Kristin Shelby
Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Kristin Shelby gives Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Langston University student teachers a few pointers before they enter the world of education.

While education students were on campus, faculty and administration held a dedication ceremony for the McKeever School, one-room schoolhouse that is north of the Education Center.

Dean and Patty Nusser and Dr. Milt Lehr, professor emeritus, and his wife Becky were honored for their efforts in bringing the building to campus and making restorations.

The Nusser’s gave Northwestern the McKeever School in 2000. Restoration efforts were soon started and the school was moved to its current site in the summer of 2001.

The Lehr’s worked to restore the school to its original state as much as possible.

McKeever School will serve an important role in the preparation of teachers who study at Northwestern, and also will educate the public of the importance the one-room school played in the education of farm children in early Oklahoma.