Shawn Sheehan, 2016 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, will present the Marvin Stokes Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 in the Estep Multimedia Center inside East Central University’s Bill S. Cole University Center.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Sheehan has served as a special education and algebra I teacher at Norman High School for four years. As 2016 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, Sheehan is spending his time as Oklahoma’s teacher ambassador, traveling across the state to meet with education stakeholders. He will also represent Oklahoma in the National Teacher of the Year competition.
Sheehan earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University. He continued his education at the University of Oklahoma to earn his master’s degree in special education.
In 2013, Sheehan participated in the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s OKMath and OKSci Leadership Program and launched a multimedia campaign to boost public perception of teaching. His inspirational video, entitled “Teach Like Me,” has boosted the morale of many teachers.
During this lecture, the District Area Teachers of the Year will be recognized, including Lynda Roberts of Ada; Jeri Hurt, Ardmore; Annie Keehn, Bethel; Staci Capps, Byng; Darci Reeves, Latta; Churee Chaffin, Pauls Valley; Brad Story, Sasakwa; Carol Lloyd, Seminole; Kimberly Paxson, Shawnee and Andrea Sifers, Wetumka.
The Stokes Lectureship was established to recognize Marvin Stokes' distinguished career in education. Stokes, who died in 2005, was a lifelong educator and long-time superintendent of Byng Schools. He was an ECU Distinguished Alumnus and a member of the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame.