Why Serve? Importance of service through teaching

Why Serve? Importance of service through teaching

Starts: Feb 19, 2020 11:30 AM
Ends: Feb 19, 2020 01:30 PM

"Why Serve" is an event to highlight the importance of service through teaching with the goal of inspiring those in attendance to consider a teaching career. The participants in the event will include Teach Oklahoma students at Alva High School, Enid High School, and Woodward High School, and selected students from other high schools in the service area. The event's highlight is a presentation by the Oklahoma State Teacher of the year at a lunch.

NWOSU administration and faculty also will be involved.

This is not a public event. It is for invited guests.

The event is made possible through a grant received by the Division of Education from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. 

Student Center Ballroom

Contact Name:
Christee Jenlink

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Division of Education

From the State Department of Education's new blog:

Yukon’s Becky Oglesby named 2019 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

Posted by SDEmedia on Tue, 09/18/2018 - 11:40am

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 18, 2018) – A Yukon elementary school art educator whose alter-ego as the Caped Crusader earned her the nickname the “Batman Teacher” is Oklahoma’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. Becky Oglesby teaches Pre-K through third grade at Ranchwood Elementary School in Yukon Public Schools.

Rebecca OglesbyState Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister made the announcement today in a ceremony at State Fair Park. Hofmeister said Oglesby’s creative teaching style, along with her optimism and passion for education, is a model of excellence for Oklahoma.

“Becky is a teacher who does not falter, no matter the circumstances. She demonstrates compassion and courage, and treasures her students, never failing to celebrate the individuality of each one,” Hofmeister said. “Often, our teachers are literal heroes. Becky Oglesby is proof of that.”

Oglesby was a second-year teacher at Plaza Towers Elementary in 2013 when a deadly EF-5 tornado tore through the Moore school and claimed the lives of seven students. At the height of the storm, she used her body to shield her first-graders as the twister destroyed the school.

The events of that day, she said, illustrate the dedication and compassion of Oklahoma’s teachers.

“Any educator who truly has the heart of a teacher would have done the exact same thing given the opportunity,” Oglesby said. “My greatest contribution to education has been showing the world that teachers are more than babysitters worried about test scores. Your kids become our kids, and our priority is to create a safe learning environment where they can flourish.”

Known in her school and community as the “Batman Teacher” for the abundance of comic-book memorabilia in her classroom, Oglesby identifies with ordinary people striving to do incredible things.

“Batman believed that one man could make a difference and took it upon himself to do so and in turn became a legend. I want to be Batman,” Oglesby said. “I want to be the ordinary person who puts on the mask that hides the simplicity of who I am and fights to give my students the best education that empowers them to find their purpose.”

In her art lessons, Oglesby incorporates core subject areas, provides the opportunity for students to express their uniqueness, emphasizes state academic standards and provides life lessons.

Oglesby will remain in her classroom for the current school year. Beginning July 1, 2019, she will assume full-time Teacher of the Year duties, which include speaking engagements and serving as Oklahoma’s teacher ambassador, encouraging others to enter or remain in the profession. She will succeed 2018 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Donna Gradel, an environmental science teacher from Broken Arrow High School, who will continue to tour the state until July.

A panel of more than 20 judges selected the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year after extensive interviews with the 12 finalists, themselves district Teachers of Year from across the state. The Oklahoma Teacher of the Year program is organized by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) in conjunction with the national competition.

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