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Charmin Holland, one of 12 finalists for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year and an East Central University alumna, will deliver ECU’s annual Marvin Stokes Lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, in the Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Holland, who earned her bachelor of science in education degree from ECU in 1991, is currently a kindergarten teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Duncan. Previously, she taught in the public school systems at Elgin, Rush Springs and Walters.

Along the way, Holland has achieved numerous awards, including Walters Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2010-11, Outstanding Early Childhood Education Graduate Student in 2013, Woodrow Wilson Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2015-16 and Duncan Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2015-16.

Holland received her master of education in early childhood from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2013 and achieved 2008 National Board Certification as an early childhood generalist. She is a graduate of Stratford High School.

“It is an honor to return to ECU to share a little of my story,” said Holland. “East Central provided me such a strong foundation upon which I was able to build my career. I will always be grateful for my time spent there.”

Holland has been teaching for 20 years and, at one point, took off seven to be a stay-at-home mom.

The Marvin Stokes Lectureship enhances the ability of ECU to expose the students in the College of Education and educators in the university service area to ideas and trends in education on the state, national and international scene. The funding for the lectureship program is provided by the annual earnings on funds dedicated to the Marvin Stokes Endowed Lectureship through the ECU Foundation, Inc., and matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

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