Future Teacher Academy held at Southeastern


Durant, Okla. – Teacher education was one of the cornerstones of the founding of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1909, and that tradition lives on today.

On Friday, Southeastern hosted two events for current/future educators.

The Southeast Department of Instructional Instruction and Leadership presented a “Prospective Teacher Academy” Friday morning. This event was designed for high school juniors and seniors interested in the teaching field, as well as current teachers and administrators.

Five former Oklahoma Teachers of the Year – including Durant’s Jon Hazell – were guest speakers and they also participated in a panel discussion. Rebecca Oglesby from Yukon, Oklahoma’s 2019 Teacher of the Year, was the keynote speaker.

Five teachers of the year from Oklahoma participated in a panel discussion Friday at the Prospective Teacher Academy. From left to right, Durant’s Jon Hazell (standing), Yukon’s Rebecca Oglesby, Broken Arrow’s Donna Gradel, Broken Bow’s Stephen Smallwood and Deer Creek’s Jena Nelson.

On Friday afternoon, the SE Career Management Center hosted an Education Career Fair. The fair allowed SE students and alumni to network with representatives from nearly 20 school districts in Oklahoma and Texas seeking candidates for positions as teachers, counselors, coaches and administrators.

Representatives from school districts in Oklahoma and Texas met with future educators at the job fair.


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