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To stay or not to stay? A question all graduating education majors in Oklahoma must answer

The little red-headed girl who grew up in Sapulpa knew one thing at an early age. She wanted to become a teacher. (KTUL)

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (KTUL) — Gabby McCracken has a plan. The senior special education major at Northeastern State University plans on sticking to it.

“It’s 'oh, you just want to be a teacher? Are you sure?' I’m like, 'yep',” said McCracken.

Smart. Ambitious. Kind.

The little red-headed girl who grew up in Sapulpa knew one thing at an early age. She wanted to become a teacher.

“Trying to defend a life choice that you made when you know that it’s your passion, and they’ve just crushed it,” said McCracken.

It’s a reaction that happens all the time. People wondering why she would choose to be a teacher.

Oklahoma desperately needs teachers like McCracken and it isn’t getting them. Since 2011, the number of emergency teacher certifications has increased 3,500 percent (yes, you read that correctly), according to data from the University of Oklahoma.

“There are several, several people in the education program who will get their degree here and are planning to move to Arkansas, Texas, to surrounding states,” said McCracken.

After graduation, McCracken knows should could make an extra five to ten thousand dollars just by moving to a different state. It’s becoming harder and harder to justify staying in Oklahoma.

“They know that no matter what the education fund is, whether it’s nonexistent or barely there, that kids still need teachers. So, they’re going to teach in this state not matter what. That’s the problem, so in a way the passion I have is a flaw,” said McCracken.

Challenges and pay aside, her time student-teaching in Sand Springs reiterates exactly why she’s going into special education.

“Some of them have every reason not to be happy and they’re some of the happiest people you’ll ever meet,” said McCracken.

Oklahoma is her home. So whether it’s a passion or a flaw, she’s sticking around.

And McCracken is all about sticking to plans.

Updated 12:19 PM CST, Fri December 08, 2017

Local dancer taking her talent to New York

Sydney Jennings-Rappe, left, began her performance career at Melissa's Dance Studio when she was 3 years old, and now is the head instructor there.

Born and raised in Tahlequah, Sydney Jennings-Rappe has been dancing since she was 3 years old. Now, after over 20 years of studying, training, and teaching, she will be heading to New York to pursue her creative dreams.

"I grew up thinking I would go to medical school. I was always involved in science and math-based programs," she said. "Both of my parents were in the medical field: Dad was in radiology and mom was an operating room nurse."

A graduate of the Tahlequah High School Class of 2011, Jennings-Rappe said a sophomore-year experience changed her career goals. She attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain.

"I was surrounded by people dedicated to the arts. That was the moment it kind of clicked together, that that's what I wanted to do with life in some shape or form," she said. "My parents were extra-supportive, even though they weren't super into the arts themselves."

Knowing that she may not dance or perform all her life, Jennings-Rappe went into the education field so she could attend medical school later.

She earned her bachelor's degree in dance education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is certified to teach dance for grades K-12 in Oklahoma.

While attending UCO, she was on the competitive dance team and a member of the Kaleidoscope Dance Company. She spent her summers in Tahlequah as a River City Players performer.

During her last year of the undergraduate program, Jennings-Rappe tore her anterior cruciate ligament and had to have it reconstructed.

"The degree was so physical that it was hard to get back into dancing," she said.

She is in her last semester at Northeastern State University. She will graduate in May with a Master's of Education in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis on the post-secondary dance classroom.

She chose an education degree instead of a performance one for a little more security.

"It takes an amount of selfishness to endure and to pursue something in the arts, because ultimately it makes you happy. If you are determined to make a positive impact on the world, go for it. Don't let anyone tell you you shouldn't," she said. "Find health insurance, pay your bills, but find something that makes you happy."

From 3 years old through high school, Jennings-Rappe studied at Melissa's Dance Studio, and now she is the head instructor. Her students inspire her every single day.

"Even the 3-year-olds and the way they love dancing is inspiring. There is nothing comparable to their attitude to dancing and learning, and how hard they work and care for each other," said Jennings-Rappe.

At Melissa's, they have begun Momentum Competition Company for ages 6-18. This offers a pre-professional track of classes developed by the MDS faculty and staff.

"I'm so glad we had enough students interested. It is less recreational and offers extensive dance education. It is also a service-focused group and will be working with places like Feed My Sheep and TACH [Tahlequah Area Coalition for the Homeless]," said Jennings-Rappe. "It's a cool balance. They will grow as people who care about the community."

She also has contracts with Tahlequah Public Schools and Muskogee High School to choreograph the dance teams and some musicals; has taught drama and dance at Sadler Arts Academy in Muskogee; is the NSU dance team coach; and directs the Impressions Dance Company, which was formed out of an older organization.

"I'm so proud of the way Impressions has been revamped and is building up. It's a respectable group and it offers beneficial things to students," said Jennings-Rappe.

She said there are many people she encounters in Tahlequah who inspire her.

"As far as teachers, Renée Cambiano with the way she thinks about things. Robyn Pursley, of course, has encouraged me to pursue a lot, to not be in one set path, and to go forth and do it," she said. "Mike [Rappe] is such a strong musician and performer. He has this light that attracts. People who have that light really inspire me."

As a dancer, singer, and actor, Jennings-Rappe said she has been fortunate to get experience in all three areas.

"Me, personally, if I'm not creating something or part of something molded out of someone's organic being, I feel so empty, like something is missing," she said. "It has helped me through difficult times, such as losing my dad and the aftermath of all that."

When parents ask her about their children pursuing the arts, Jennings-Rappe explains the wide world the arts offers.

"If they want to pursue the arts, that doesn't mean they're trying to get on Broadway or have a hit single. There are so many different things, niches you can find. We need people in those areas," she said. "There are so many different doors you can open."

This fall, Jennings-Rappe took a chance and applied for the Open Jar Institute's Residency Program for Music Theatre. She was accepted for summer 2017, but chose to do another year of River City Players. Open Jar accepted her into its fall program, and she spent six weeks in New York City.

"New York was a huge challenge, but it's paid off," she said. "Opportunities don't wait on you, and you don't owe anyone any explanations."

Come January, Jennings-Rappe will move to Astoria, New York, where she already has contacts with an acting agency, a singing opportunity, and options of teaching at a studio or charter schools.

She hopes to do a lot of collaborations with people she has met through Open Jar or people from Tahlequah who are already in New York.

She just may one day check "perform on Broadway" off of her bucket list.

Updated 12:20 PM CST, Fri December 08, 2017

Multi-Generational Twist On 'Turkey Hand'

  • Colored construction paper or various scrap booking paper
  • Pattern for turkey head and waddle (included with this information)
  • A 2.5” - 3” circle to trace for the turkey body
  • Picture frame to hold this beautiful piece of holiday art
  1. Gather fall colors of card stock or construction paper for the back feathers of the turkey. Try using everyone’s favorite color. Use enough different colors for the number of members in your family for a very colorful turkey.
  2. Trace everyone’s hands on the card stock or construction paper using a pencil. Use the SAME HAND for each hand print—either all right hands or all left hands.
  3. Carefully cut out each person’s hands.
  4. Make the turkey head and wattle by following instructions on Mainly Homemade. You can increase or decrease the size needed to make the turkey. Trace this on a complimentary color of card stock and cut out. Cut a small yellow triangle for the beak.
  5. You will need a 2.5"-3” circle of brown paper for the brown body for the turkey. You could use a brown paper bag if necessary.
  6. Now lay each hand out largest to smallest. Start stacking them with the largest on the bottom and stagger them to make the back feathers of the turkey. Try to do these in birth order of the children in your family.
  7. Use a glue stick or liquid glue to attach all the hands together and let dry. Please in a frame and you have a family heirloom of different generations in your family.
    Updated 10:19 AM CST, Fri November 17, 2017

Edible Color Wheel

Dr. Linda Wilson joins us from the NSU college of education to show us how you can make an edible color wheel.

Updated 11:19 AM CST, Mon October 23, 2017

How To Use A Beach Ball As A Learning Tool

Some children just naturally gravitate towards reading, others, not so much. Dr. Meagan Moreland with the NSU College of Education stopped by News On 6 Friday with some ideas to make reading an "active" activity.

Updated 11:12 AM CST, Mon September 25, 2017


During the open house for the Northeastern State University Robotics Academy for Critical Engagement STEAM Maker Lab, Director Barbara Fuller, left, shows second-grader Leslie Harris how the 3-D printer works and what can be printed with it.
Northeastern State University unveiled its new STEAM Maker Lab during a grand opening Tuesday evening, as part of an initiative to engage the community in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

The Robotics Academy of Critical Engagement was established five years ago to challenge practicing teachers, teacher candidates and public school students to start focusing more on critical thinking and problem-solving skills by using robotics. Barbara Fuller, director of RACE, said the STEAM lab was an opportunity to build from all the work the program has already accomplished.

"I think it was a natural transference from robotics to STEAM, because robotics really incorporates all of it," said Fuller. "We already doing all the acronyms: science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. So we knew we wanted to take it a step further."

The STEAM Maker Lab, a product of NSU College of Education, will help individuals up and down the ladder of education, as it will help the teachers, soon-to-be teachers, public school students and community members.

Practicing teachers will be able to check out resources from the STEAM Maker Lab to use in their classrooms. Curricula can be taken from the lab, as well.
During the open house for the Northeastern State University Robotics Academy for Critical Engagement STEAM Maker Lab, Greenwood Elementary School third-graders Orson Hicks, left, and Owen Freise, talk about some of the kits and items available for use.
"Let's say a science teacher's plan was to teach the life cycle of the butterfly," said Fuller. "Well, let's see what we have and what we can connect up to it."

Fuller said Greenwood Elementary School has already called to ask about bringing its second-grade classes to the new lab.

To make sure teacher candidates are ready for the classroom, the STEAM Maker Lab will show them how to incorporate subjects like math and science into lesson plans.

"We had an internal conversation here in the College of [Education], about what we could do to prepare our students," said Fuller. "Because they're the ones who are going to graduate; they're the teachers going into the classroom and they're going to affect thousands of children's lives. So when they graduate, they know they've got it."

Tabitha McIntyre, a pre-service teacher, said she wished she had a resource like the STEAM Maker Lab when she was growing up, but she'll use it now.

"If we're going to get ready for a lesson plan, instead of running all the way to Walmart and spending our money - which we don't have, anyway - the STEAM Lab has everything ready for us," she said."

Students today are born into a world of technology that older generations didn't have. The result appears to have amplified their interest in STEM - science, engineering, technology and math. Fuller said students today "have a thirst for" it.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics projects that by 2020, employment in science and engineering will grow by more than 18 percent, compared to the 14 percent for all other occupations.

"If you look at workforce trends for the future, we have got to have children who are prepared to go into some of those fields," said Dr. Vanessa Anton, dean of the College of Education. "And they start with teachers in public schools to develop these interests."
Along with its new STEAM Maker Lab, Northeastern State University Robotics Academy for Critical Engagement celebrated its fifth anniversary with a new robotic lab. RoboHawks team members Eden Fuller, left, and Brandon Baldridge, work with a robot and pieces for the new robotic challenge.
The Tahlequah community will even be able to get in on the learning, as local organizations will have access to material in the STEAM Lab. Fuller said they're planning to work with local Girl Scout Troops so they can earn their STEM and robotics badges.

The lab is filled with a little something for every letter in the STEAM acronym. There are 3-D printers, a T-shirt press, a vinyl cutter, scrapbook kit, robotic kits and much more. There's likely something for every age, too.

The lab also feature GoldieBlox, which are games and toys designed for girls to develop an early interest in STEM.

"There is a huge deficit of young ladies who actually want to do things involving STEM; over time they were told that science and math is kind of a boy thing," said McIntyre. "All we want to do is create the culture to be gender-neutral, so that everybody feels welcome in STEM, not just the boys."

Updated 12:56 PM CST, Thur September 14, 2017

NSU College of Education celebrates new STEAM Maker Lab

Northeastern State University’s College of Education is hosting a grand opening for its STEAM Maker Lab Sept. 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Bagley Hall room 136. 

The STEAM Maker Lab is a studio dedicated to promoting and enhancing interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math in education through the use of innovative, immersive and interactive exploration.

The STEAM Maker Lab will serve pre-service teachers in the College of Education, community teachers and families.

This program will include benefits such as science and engineering kits with curriculum and resources available for checkout, professional development for teachers, resources for classroom activities, the latest emerging technologies for training and checkout and a classroom setting for students and teacher training.

Appointments to use the STEAM Maker Lab are only necessary if classes are being brought for tours. For more information, please contact RACE at or 918-444-3739 or contact Fuller at

Updated 10:09 AM CST, Wed September 13, 2017

Oreo Phases Of The Moon

Dr. Linda Wilson, Curriculum & Instruction faculty and director for the COE's Center for Educational Creativity and Innovation (CECI), demonstrates a creative way to teach children about the phases of the moon on News On 6.

Updated 11:12 AM CST, Mon September 25, 2017

NSU Education Professor's 'Fluffy Slime' Recipe

BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma - Learning shouldn't stop just because kids are on summer break.

Dr Linda Wilson from NSU's College of Education in Broken Arrow stopped by the News On 6 at noon Thursday and showed Dave Davis how to make "Fluffy Slime" and use it as a learning tool. 

You can watch the video to see how to make "Fluffy Slime."

Fluffy Slime recipe


4 cups White School Glue
8-10 cups shaving cream (less than a full canister)
1-12oz bottle contact lens (saline) solution 
Food dye, optional
Or for a smaller portion:

1 cup glue
3 cups shaving cream
5+ Tablespoons contact lens solution (this will need to be adjusted based on your slime - things like humidity and type of shaving cream will mean you need more or less)

Empty glue into a large mixing bowl.
If you are adding food coloring or glitter, stir this in now.
Stir shaving cream into slime mixture, stirring continually.
Add the contact solution in small amounts at a time.  This acts as the slime activator.
Once the slime is cohesive, no longer sticky or appearing to have any liquid in the mixture, start kneading the slime.  This is going to help it be less sticky.
Knead the slime for at least 3 minutes before adding any more ingredients to adjust.
When the slime has been thoroughly kneaded and adjusted, give it to the kids in a clean solid surface.
Note:  You can add glow in the dark paint to this recipe, but most glow in the dark items require a 48-72 hour activation period.  You can also add glitter to this recipe if you wish.


Updated 9:11 AM CST, Tue June 20, 2017

Northeastern State University, United Keetowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma sign MOU

(Tahlequah, Oklahoma)—A new cornerstone for capacity building was put into place June 14 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation between Northeastern State University and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.

“This memorandum solidifies the collaborative opportunities for both institutions. It will help to further our respective missions for developing learning opportunities and creating educational and economic success for the health and productive futures of our populations,” said UKB Chief Joe Bunch.

“Our tribe is honored to sign this MOU with the university. The alliance with NSU offers incredible resources, experiences and opportunities for both entities to forge new paths and grow together. The cooperative agreement with NSU, an outstanding regional university, represents new promise, hope and progress for enhancing and developing many of the important programs and services for the UKB going forward,” Chief Bunch said.

According to Jamie Thompson, UKB Assistant Chief, the UKB Tribal Council unanimously endorsed the dedicated relationship, honoring NSU’s standards of excellence, quality teaching, challenging curricula, research and scholarly activities—particularly its goal to provide immersive learning opportunities for their faculty and students in service to the local community.

“We envision the collaborative relationship to include capacity building areas of Elder Community Services, Sustainable Language, Kinesiology/Recreation, Indian Child Welfare, Child Development, Tribal Libraries and Technology and more. The tribe and university have also agreed to consider undertaking mutually beneficial, sanctioned research and grant-funded projects,” Thompson said.

After signing the agreement, NSU President Steve Turner cited the rich educational heritage of the Cherokee people and the university’s respect for the UKB Tribe as two key elements that led to the partnership. He also acknowledged the United Keetowah Band’s commitment to higher education and deep roots with the university and the Cherokee Nation.

“We seek collaborations such as this alliance with the UKB to advance or mission of helping all of our region to achieve professional and personal success in this multicultural and global society,” Turner said.

“NSU continues to devote faculty and student services resources toward collaborative projects with the tribe and other American Indians that encourage, inspire and support tribal members to lead healthy and productive lives and to encourage the pursuit of post-secondary education at our institution,” he said.

The memorandum will be supported by a joint committee comprised of individuals from both the university and the tribe who will provide oversight for the activities and projects included in the alliance.

Published: 6/15/2017 10:28:29 AM

NSU professor honored by State Regents' Council for Online Learning Excellence

(Tahlequah, Oklahoma) -- Northeastern State University assistant professor of higher education leadership Dr. Maria Christian was honored by the Oklahoma State Regents’ Council for Online Learning Excellence during the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education meeting April 20.

Christian has worked to enhance and strengthen NSU’s Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership program.

She has pushed to advance online education at NSU by advocating for increased online course offerings university wide. She’s the co-author of a proposal to develop the university’s program into a fully online program.

Christian is a faculty fellow for NSU’s Center for Teaching and Learning where she oversees the university’s advanced online teaching practices and shares her online teaching experience.

For Christian, this award represents more than Oklahoma’s commitment to online learning as a valuable resource in higher education.

“For me, this award also recognizes the importance of bringing technology, students, teachers and administrators together, so we can successfully educate beyond classroom borders,” she said. “Through many opportunities encouraged by NSU, the award spotlights the university’s dedication to innovative ideas for advancing and improving online education.”

Dr. Debbie Landry, dean of the NSU College of Education, said NSU will benefit from Christian’s commitment to online education.

“I would like to thank Dr. Christian for her dedication and for the excellence and innovation evident in her online teaching,” Landry said. “The university, college and future students benefit from the continuous improvement evident in online learning recognized from this award.”

Published: 5/10/2017 2:56:11 PM

Oklahoma Magazine Announces the 11th Annual Class of 40 Under 40--Dr. Bea Keller-Dupree, Assistant Professor of Psychology Selected

BA Public Schools to host district-wide art show at NSUBA – April 10-14, 2017

Broken Arrow Public Schools will host its seventh annual district-wide art show April 10-14 at Northeastern State University - Broken Arrow. Following the show, senior high art will remain on display for the remainder of April.

The public is invited to view pre-kindergarten through senior high school art exhibits between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

An opening night event is slated for 5-7 p.m. April 11 in the Visitors’ Center Gallery in the Administrative Services building.

Student art work will be on display in various campus buildings, which is a first for this annual show. All displays will be accessible via enclosed walkways which connect all campus buildings, and visitors are encouraged to visit each exhibit.

High school art will be in the Administrative Services building in the first floor Visitors’ Center Gallery and lobby. Middle school art will be in the Liberal Arts building in the second floor walkway and atrium. Elementary school art will be in the library in the first and second floor walkways and in the central areas. Pre-kindergarten art will be in the Science building in the second floor walkway.

NSU celebrates record number of DaVinci award winners in 2017

Northeastern State University is celebrating four DaVinci award-winning members this year—the most any university can have in a single year.  Three of the four winners are in the College of Education--two students and one faculty member.

The DaVinci Institute, Oklahoma’s Creativity Think Tank, selected NSU faculty members, Dr. Dilene Crockett, associate professor, and Barbara Fuller, instructor of teacher education, as DaVinci Fellows for 2017.

NSU students Steven Wolf, a Tulsa native and post-graduate completing an elementary education major, and Tabytha Russell, a Muskogee native and senior completing an early childhood education major, were named DaVinci Scholars for 2017.

This honor was celebrated on March 31 in Oklahoma City during an awards reception at the Oklahoma History Center, where 2016 DaVinci Fellows and the A+ Teacher of the Year provided interactive presentations about their activities over the past year.

A DaVinci Fellow is named for his or her innovation and creative responses to unique challenges that faculty encounter in a classroom. Positively impacting students, creatively teaching and teaching creativity are all marks of a DaVinci Fellow. Fellows each receive a $1,000 grant for ongoing work that forwards the cause of creativity.

The DaVinci Institute also recognizes promising pre-service teachers as DaVinci Scholars. Scholars are students who are preparing to teach in Oklahoma and who have demonstrated creativity, academic achievement and a commitment to teaching. Awarded students receive $1,000 in their first year of teaching.

The DaVinci institute is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific and education purposes, more specifically to serve as an Oklahoma think tank whose mission is to promote a statewide creative renaissance through lectures, workshops, professional development, research and advocacy.

Past NSU DaVinci Fellows include Dr. Elizabeth “Bea” Keller-Dupree (2016), Dr. John S. de Banzie (2016), Dr. Stephan Sargent (2015), Dr. Mary Swanson (2014), Dr. Linda Wilson (2010), Dr. Amy Aldridge (2009), Dr. Martha Parrott (2007) and Dr. Kippi D. Wyatt (2006).

Baker Selected As Open Educational Research Fellow

Alesha Baker, instructor in the Educational Foundations and Leadership (Library Media and Information Technology) department was selected as an Open Educational Research (OER) Fellow by the Open Education Group. Alesha is one of 22 fellows chosen from around the United States and Canada. This fellowship provides mentoring opportunities to assist Alesha in conducting research on the use of open textbooks in both higher education and P-12 settings. She recently presented her most current research on open textbook use at the Open Education Conference held in November 2016. The presentations included an examination of the creation and adoption of open textbooks in a P-12 school and the Open Education Wise Initiative at Oklahoma State University where she worked as their Open Education Research Assistant in the Spring of 2016. Alesha plans to continue researching the impact of open textbooks on the outcomes of secondary students’ Science tests. She also plans to modify her courses to include open educational resources and open pedagogy.

VEX Robotics Recognized as NSU COE Partner with RBPEA

The Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award (RBPE) is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses. VEX Robotics was been selected by President Turner to be honored this year, along with other businesses selected by other institutions in the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. The College of Education partners with VEX Robotics in a variety of ways to impact teacher candidate and P-12 student learning. The RBPE luncheon reception and award ceremony was held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

Just Hope--NSU COE Administrators Travel to Nicaragua

Dr. Vanessa Anton, Dr. Allyson Watson, Dr. Jim Ferrell and Dr. Lisa Bisogno, traveled on an exploratory service learning trip with The four administrators were part of a 15 member team of higher education representatives from across the United States. The group toured Chacraseca and La Flor Nicaragua to learn about social and educational impact, capacity building and sustainable projects in developing countries.

Just Hope is a non-profit organization based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a university partner with Tulsa Community College. Administrators from TCC and NSU will plan future meetings and possible continued engagement for faculty and undergraduate and graduate student.

COE Higher Education Leadership Student Facilitates Workshop and Wins Competition at NASPA Conference

During the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) conference November 14-17, 2016, Mr. ​Hoang Do, a first semester ​graduate ​student in the College of Education's ​M.S. in ​Higher Education Leadership program​, and graduate assistant for the Graduate College, helped facilitate a two-day SALT/NUFP, Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow and NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program​ ​workshop that introduced the Student Affairs profession. In addition, Hoang ​participated ​in a case study competition. His team was awarded first place in the comp​etition.

NSU's Higher Education Leadership Student Hoang Do Facilitates Workshop and Receives Award

NSU's Counseling Programs First in State to Receive CACREP Accreditation

NSU became the first university in Oklahoma to attain Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation in three specific counseling degree programs--Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling.  

NSU's Counseling Programs Receive CACREP Accreditation--Muskogee Phoenix

COE Master's Student Takes Class From Woodall Public Schools to the White House

NSU COE Master’s Student Takes Class to 2016 White House Science Fair.pdf

Northeastern State University Master of Education in Teaching student Dr. Geary Don Crofford took four of his Cyber cats Robotics Team members to Washington D.C. for the 2016 White House Science Fair on April 12 and 13, 2016.

NSU COE Faculty Named 2016 DaVinci Fellow

Dr. Bea Keller-Dupree, COE assistant professor of psychology, was awarded the honor of being named a 2016 DaVinci Institute Fellow. Dr. John deBanzie, professor of biology, was also named a fellow this year. The award recognizes innovation and creative responses to unique challenges in the classroom. This honor includes a $1000 cash award and will be conferred at the DaVinci Institute Honors and Awards Ceremony at the Oklahoma History Center on April 1, 2016. Oklahoma is one of only 13 recognized Districts of Creativity in the world ( It is the only state in the U.S., and the only location in North American to own this recognition. Congratulations to both Dr. Keller-Dupree and Dr. deBanzie for this prestigious recognition of your innovation and creativity.

NSU Graduate Nick Hughes 2016 OK School Counselor of the Year

Mr. Nick Hughes, NSU M.S. in School Counseling Graduate, was named 2016 Oklahoma School Counselor of the Year. Nick is pictured with Ms. Rebecca Barry, President of the Oklahoma School Counselor Association. Nick is the counselor at Limestone Academy in Sand Springs.

NSU Hosts Robotics Education & Competition State OK Championship

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation will hold the State Oklahoma Championship at NSU in Tahlequah on March 5, 2016.  The event is expected to attract more than 88 teams with students from elementary, middle, and high school competing in the VEX IQ Challenge and the VEX Robotics Competition with a full day of robotics matches.

NSU Hosts Robotics Education & Competition State Oklahoma Championship

Celebration of Teaching

NSU's College of Education hosted their annual Celebration of Teaching event for middle and high school students on January 26, 2016.  

Celebration of Teaching--Tahlequah Daily Press

Dr. Allyson Watson, COE Endowed Chair, Honored with Pinnacle Award

NSU & Carl Albert State College Host Information Session

Beginning in the fall of 2015 Northeastern State University will begin offering potential teachers wishing to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education or Special Education the opportunity to complete their degrees at the campuses of Carl Albert State College (CASC) in either a full-time or part-time format.

To kick-start enrollment in the program, on April 6, NSU and CASC will be hosting an introductory information session on the Sallisaw CASC campus for students who plan to pursue either of the degree programs or would like more information. The event will take place at 5:00 p.m. in the Delores O’Guin Mitchell Library, and representatives from admissions, financial aid, academic advising and the College of Education will be available to assist and answer questions.

For more information regarding these academic programs, please call Dr. Tritschler at 918-444-3710 or email her at or Suzanne Myers at 918-444-2137 or

NSU College of Education Faculty Member and Student Receive DaVinci Institute Award

COE Associate Professor and director of the Reading Clinic on the Broken Arrow Campus, Dr. Stephan Sargent, and Elementary Education major, David Dotson, were honored at the DaVinci Institute award banquet, March 27, 2015.  The institute recognizes outstanding creativity in higher education.  /Portals/6/News/NSU College of Education Faculty Member and Student Receive DaVinci Institute Award.pdf

National Teacher of the Year Speaks at the COE Celebration of Teaching Event

National Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb, spoke to high school students at NSU's College of Education Celebration of Teaching Event, March 3, 2015, at NSU.  Oklahoma's Teacher of the Year, Jason Proctor, (math teacher at Tahlequah High School) also hosted a panel with other top teachers--Tonya Boyle, 5th grade teacher at H. Cecil Rhoades Elementary School, Broken Arrow (2015 OKTOY finalist); Lezlie Gilbert, 2nd grade teacher at Heritage Elementary School, Tahlequah (2016 Heritage Elementary TOY); Shawn Sheehan, special education teacher at Norman High School (2016 Norman HS TOY); and Diane Walker, history teacher at Muskogee High School (2015 OKTOY finalist).

Smart Choice expanded at CASC

NSU Hosting State VEX Robotics Competition March 7, 2015

COE Psychology & Counseling Newsletter Spring 2015
Psychology & Counseling Spring 2015 Newsletter

Young Innovators Gear Up for Local VEX Robotics Competition at NSU -- Hosted by Cherokee Nation and the College of Education
/Portals/6/News/Young Innovators Gear Up for Local VEX Robotics Competition at NSU.pdf

NSU COE School Counseling Faculty Travel to White House

School Counselors White House Article F2014.pdf

Twin Sisters Making Impact in Briggs Classrooms



Photo by Renee Fite/Daily Press
Twins and Briggs teachers

Twins and Briggs teachers Arden Sampson, sitting, and Allison Dillard discuss plans for students.
Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 1:42 pm 
Renee Fite/ TDP Special Writer

Not every school district has twin teachers like Briggs educators Allison Dillard and Arden Sampson.
Dillard teaches in special education, while Sampson teaches third grade. Both Cherokee County natives have taught for 25 years. Dillard worked in a special-education classroom at Keys for 22 years before moving to Briggs. Sampson taught third grade at Rocky Mountain in Adair County her first year, and has been at Briggs the past 24 years.
The two graduated from Tahlequah High School in 1986 and from Northeastern State University, with education degrees, in 1990.
In Dillard’s mind, teaching is a rewarding profession. Teaching special education enables her to have children for two or three years in a row.
“It gives me the opportunity to monitor their academic progress not just one year, but the two to three years I have them,” Dillard said. “This also gives me the opportunity to build a good rapport with their families.”
Nothing makes Sampson happier than to have a former student tell her how much he enjoyed his time at Briggs, or what he remembered about third grade.
“Some are funny stories, but many remember this is the grade they learned their multiplication or how to write in cursive,” said Sampson.
Teaching with her twin sister is “pretty cool,” Sampson said.
“We are super-close,” said Sampson. “Probably one of the best things is that she is able to be a part of my two children’s lives. My kids are very active [at Briggs] and she is able to watch and support them.”
Dillard agrees teaching with her twin is “a lot of fun.”
“For years, we taught across the county from each other, and we were rivals. Now we are cheering for the same team,” Dillard said. “We were close before, but this has made us even closer.”
Sampson feels like she was called to teach and follow in the footsteps of family members.
“That’s all I ever even thought about doing,” said Sampson. “My parents, grandparents, and several of my aunts and uncles were teachers. I felt this was an admirable profession and it was going to allow me to stay involved with my own children while providing a fun, learning environment for other children.”
Dillard said the twins’ father, the late Zeke Rozell, was a coach at Keys School before becoming a turkey farmer. Their mother, Nadine Rozell, taught for 31 years – 24 of those years at Greenwood Elementary.
“Both of them had a passion for the welfare and education of other children. That was something that was instilled in me,” said Dillard. “I knew in my heart during high school I wanted to teach special education when I became friends with a young man named Brian. I am glad I chose this profession because it has allowed me to watch as children learn and grow into successful young adults. I have also worked with some of the most hard-working, caring, thoughtful, and dedicated teachers in the area. What I have learned from my co-workers and my students has carried over into my classroom and my own family.”
Sampson said she and Dillard always enjoy hearing how their mom made a difference in other students’ lives when she was a teacher.
“My biggest mentors and supporters would be our mom and dad. My whole life, I have had people tell me how much they enjoyed being in her class or how she was their favorite teacher. I hope someday my children have people tell them I had some kind of positive influence in their life,” said Sampson.
Sampson said their father was a hard worker, and she admits she always hated having to work for him on the weekends.
“Little did I know that at the time, he was teaching us about responsibility and working together,” said Sampson. “Our parents instilled good morals and values in us, and I hope that I am setting a good example through my actions for my own children and students.”
Through her parents and other family members in education, Dillard experienced first-hand the concern the best teachers have for children, and how rewarding it is to support them in and out of the classroom.
“You want high expectations for your students, but often, students with special needs take longer to reach those expectations. That requires patience and lots of resources,” said Dillard.
Even though she’s only allowed 10 students per class, she may have three or four lessons to teach during that period.
“Classroom management is very crucial,” said Dillard. “My friend and co-worker for 12 years, Julie Slack, taught me strategies as to handle difficult behaviors. Without confiding in her at times, I am not sure I would have continued on with teaching as long as I have.”
Both women know that involved parents encourage students.
“I would like to encourage parents to continue to be involved in your child’s education and school. If you have questions or opinions about something you think might have happened at school or during school hours, please do not post all over social media without first giving the teacher or administration the opportunity to clarify. Get both sides to your child’s story before getting others involved,” Sampson suggests.
For the past 24 years, Dillard has noticed a decline of the emphasis parents have put on their children’s academics, but an increased focus on extracurricular activities. She hopes parents impress upon children the importance of excelling in academics as much as activities outside the classroom.
“Don’t get me wrong: I am as competitive as the next person, and I love sports,” said Dillard. “But nursery rhymes, singing, and reading to them nightly help with developmental skills. Helping study math facts and spelling words, making sure the child is completing homework and studying need to be priorities each night. Be an advocate for your child, but not a hindrance. Students need to know what consequences are and how to solve problems on their own.”
Family is especially a priority. Dillard said that for years, she spent summers following her son, Dalton, as he played baseball. Now she follows her daughter, Erin, who plays softball. She also works a second job at Northeastern Health Systems in Tahlequah. Dillard has been married for 24 years to Rusty Dillard, a teacher and coach at Tahlequah. She has been a member of Beta Sigma Phi-Mu Omega, a women’s social sorority, for 22 years.
“My favorite thing to do is spend time on Baron Fork Creek or at Lake Tenkiller with family and friends,” said
Sampson enjoys attending her children’s sporting events, traveling, and spending summer days on the Baron Fork Creek. She has been married to Terry Sampson for almost 25 years, and they have three children: Erica, 21, a senior softball player at the University of Tulsa; Emily, 14, an eighth-grader at Briggs; and Synjin, 7, a first-grader at Briggs.

NSU: Job Fair for prospective teachers Potential teachers, school districts seek matches at NSU job fair

Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:00 am
By NOUR HABIB World Staff Writer, 918-581-8369,

NSU-BA education majors Leah Jones (from left) and Le Lai chat with Carol Rowland, a curriculum and instruction specialist with CAP-Tulsa, during a job fair at Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow on Tuesday. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World
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NSU College of Education enrollment
NSU is one of the highest producers of teachers in the state. Almost 700 students are enrolled as education majors in the university's College of Education.
The division by majors:
Early Childhood: 195
Elementary Education: 378
Special Education: 75
Physical Education: 50
* The only secondary program in the College of Education is physical education. The rest are in the content college.

 NSU-BA education majors Leah Jones (from left) and Le Lai chat with Carol Rowland, a curriculum and instruction specialist with CAP-Tulsa, during a job fair at Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow on Tuesday. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World


 Wichita Public Schools recruiter Clarence Horn (left) talks to NSU-BA graduating senior Joshua Apple during a job fair at Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow on Tuesday. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World


 Tulsa Public Schools talent recruiter Ashlee Whitehead shakes hands with Joshua Apple, a graduating senior at Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow, during a job fair at NSU-BA on Tuesday. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World


Tulsa Educare officials Gena Pollack (from right) and Elizabeth Miranda chat with NSU-BA education majors Le Lai and Leah Jones during a job fair at Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow on Tuesday. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World 

BROKEN ARROW — More than 100 students attended a teachers job fair at Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow on Tuesday.
The fair brought together recruiters from about 40 schools who were looking to fill positions ranging from special education teachers to secondary science and math teachers.
“A lot of offers are made during the event,” said Gayle Anderson, director of NSU career services.
The event format included an open forum, in which students visited with representatives of different schools.
Students then had the option to schedule afternoon interviews with some of the schools.
NSU student Leah Jones, who is graduating in December, visited with several recruiters and set up interviews with three districts.
“I’m looking for an environment that fosters creativity,” Jones said.
Le Lai, also graduating in December, said she attended the fair to see if she could find a school district that felt “right” for her.
“Salary is not the most important thing,” said Lai, who hopes to teach kindergarten.
Lai said she’s looking for a school that offers strong support for new teachers, and that builds relationships with students.
She interned with a school that conducted numerous home visits with parents and students, and she hopes to find a permanent position in a school that has similar priorities.
District representatives said they were happy with the candidates.
“We found a ton of candidates that we’re really, really excited about,” said Tulsa Public Schools human capital specialist Cherie Crosby.
Crosby said TPS scheduled about 15 interviews for the afternoon.
Some districts were ready to make offers on Tuesday if they found the right candidate.
David McCune, director of special services for Enid Public Schools, said he scheduled four interviews for the afternoon and would make an offer to the candidates on the spot if they were a fit for his district.
McCune said his district had immediate openings for several positions, including special education, secondary math and science, world languages and elementary school teachers. Enid was also offering a $2,000 signing bonus.
A few of the recruiters at the fair were representing out-of-state schools.
Doris Henderson, special education supervisor in Arkansas’ Siloam Springs district, told students at the fair that her schools had several employees who commute from Oklahoma.
Henderson said the district was right across the state line.
“We’ve had people drive from Owasso and Claremore,” she told a candidate.
Henderson said she came to the NSU career fair previously and hired Oklahoma candidates that she met.
“This is a really nice career fair,” she said.
Jim Harshbarger, an assistant director for a special education cooperative composed of nine Kansas schools, said he travels to career fairs in many neighboring states.


Smart Choice expanded at CASC

Smart Choice expanded at CASC

Thanks to a new Smart Choice expansion, Northeastern State University and Carl Albert State College are making it even easier for students to receive in-demand education degrees in Oklahoma.

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NSU, CASC partner to offer 4-year degrees in Elementary Ed and Special Ed

Beginning in the fall of 2015, Carl Albert State College students pursuing an Associate of Arts in Pre-Elementary Education can take classes for a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Elementary Education or a Bachelor of Science in Education – Special Education – Mild/Moderate Disorders from NSU. Additionally, students completing NSU’s special education program are eligible to sit for both the special education and elementary education exam. This marks the first time since NSU’s Smart Choice transfer program was established that a student can pursue a four-year degree without leaving their two-year school.

NSU President Steve Turner explains, “This is an unprecedented opportunity for the region. The partnership between Carl Albert State College and Northeastern State University is exemplary of what higher education can accomplish when everyone commits to collaborate for the sake of the student. I could not be prouder of our two institutions and our truly amazing, dedicated staff for bringing this moment to fruition.” Turner continues, “Students attending Carl Albert State College will be able to continue on to a four-year degree in an in-demand occupation without leaving CASC’s traditional service area. This is great for the students and the state of Oklahoma.”

The signing by President Turner, Northeastern State University, and President Garry M. Ivey, Carl Albert State College, took place on Wednesday, November 12 on Carl Albert State College’s Sallisaw campus.

The partnership has been mutually beneficial, and provides more programming opportunities for Carl Albert State College students. According to President Ivey, “We are excited to enter into this agreement with NSU. We see this as a wonderful opportunity for students seeking a career in the field of education because they will be able to graduate from CASC and then pursue a four-year degree by taking NSU courses at Poteau or Sallisaw.” He continued, “The savings in travel time and/or the expense of relocating to a university will be significant for students in this area. We appreciate President Turner and his team for working with us to accomplish this goal, and we see this as a new chapter in our ongoing effort to make student success our mission.”

Carl Albert State College is one of five two-year institutions that have entered into a Smart Choice agreement with NSU to help assure a smooth transition of courses from one program to the other.

NSU Robo hawks Qualify for World Competition

Congratulations to the NSU1 Robo hawk Team who traveled to League City, Texas, on 2/21/15, for a regional robotics competition. They placed first and are now qualified for the World Championship.
#1 NSU1 Robo hawks Northeastern State University 6-0-0 (12/37)
#2 HEAT Synergistic STEM Outreach Center Houston ENT 5-1-0 (10/46)
#3 OWLS Rice University 4-2-0 (8/30)
#4 GATR University of Florida 4-2-0 (8/19)
#5 CELTS University of St. Thomas 2-4-0 (4/26)
#6 RUT University of Texas Austin 2-4-0 (4/1)
#7 UHCGS University of Houston 1-5-0 (2/23)
#8 TXMX TexMex Robotics BONBOTZ-U 0-6-0 (0/0)

News and Information

NSU COE / SNAG Scholarship Fundraiser Flyer

NSU COE / SNAG Scholarship Fundraiser Registration Form

The Inaugural 2013 NSU College of Education / SNAG Scholarship Fundraiser

YouTube Video Clip

Teaching & Urban Reform Network makes an impact in Tulsa!

Channel 6

Channel 2

Robotics team shines in global competition.

Read complete story here

NSU College of Education Alumnus named Oklahoma Principal of the Year

Mrs. Theresa Kiger, of Roy Clark Elementary in Union Public Schools, was named the Oklahoma State Principal of the Year. Not only is this an extremely prestigious award, but it is integral to NSU for two other reasons. Mrs. Kiger is instrumental in the preparation of teachers at NSU-BA in the reading program. She is actively involved in the College of Education reading curriculum course (READ 4063) and has provided space (weekly) and students to us for the past 9 years. Second, Mrs. Kiger has both her bachelor's and master's degrees from NSU! The media links to this wonderful news are below.

Tulsa World ---

Union Website ---


CBS Steve Hartman at Northeastern State University

Steve Hartman visits Northeastern State University-College of Education Cappi Wadley Reading and Technology Center

March 1, 2013 with a follow up report from KOTV on Monday, March 4, 2013. 

Alumna Bloss named Elementary Principal of Year

Read the NSU News Central Article here.

Please review the Oklahoma Reader Spring/Summer 2012 Edition. 

Dr. Stephan Sargent serves as the editor for The Oklahoma Reader.  

The Oklahoma Reader-Volume 47 No 2 Spring/Summer 2012

Provide a link to the PDF version here.




COE Participates in Joplin Tornado Cleanup

COE Joplin Tornado Relief

Joplin Tornado Relief Cleanup

NSU Grad Named Bartlesville Teacher of the Month for July

By Special to the EE

Saturday, July 9, 2011 8:50 PM CDT

Darla Gardner has been named the Bartlesville Public School District’s Teacher of the Month for July by Arvest Bank and Oakley Chevrolet-Buick-Pontiac.

Now in her 11th year as an educator, Gardner serves as the remediation specialist at Richard Kane Elementary School. In recognition of her Teacher of the Month status, she was recently presented with a plaque as well as a check for $300 by Stephen Colaw, the Arvest Bank senior vice president and trust officer, and David Oakley, Jr., the owner of Oakley Chevrolet-Buick-Pontiac

Friday afternoons are always special for Gardner. Dressed as Word Woman, she’ll enter each first grade classroom at Kane and select three students. One by one, she’ll lead them into the hallway, just outside of their respective classrooms, and have them read words to her from the school’s high frequency list for first graders. The students always do their best, not wanting to disappoint Word Woman.

For their efforts, the students receive a warm smile and a fresh sticker, which they can show off to their classmates. Clad in a feathered and beaded black mask as well as a red cape, Word Woman has fast become a hero to the young students at Kane.

Having spent all 11 of her years in education at Kane, Gardner is in her second year as the school’s remediation specialist. Word Woman was born at the beginning of the 2010-11 academic year as a way to help keep students excited about learning. Gardner came up with the idea for a super hero who would help emphasize the power of education at the school.

As the remediation specialist at Kane, Gardner is always looking to go the extra mile for students who generally need some additional help. She once wrote to officials with KJRH in Tulsa as part of their “Channel 2 Works for You” promotion. Through the promotion, those with a need could make it known and then hopefully be connected with an anonymous donor.


Gardner’s need was for an expensive device which helped people who stuttered. One of her students suffered from the problem, and Gardner was looking to assist the child in any way she could. Though somewhat unorthodox, the move paid great dividends.

“They found an anonymous donor for the device,” relates Gardner. “It was a great day to travel with the student to Tulsa to receive his new device and watch him read without stuttering.

“It was a proud moment.”

Gardner has much of which she can be proud herself. She boasts bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Northeastern State University. She is very active within her school, where she is Kane’s secret pal coordinator, Title 1 representative, TRIBES coordinator and discipline committee member. In addition, she is one of the school’s data team leaders, created the staff talent show, has been a sponsor of peer mediators and is a member of the Oklahoma Education Association.

Though spare time would seem to be a luxury for Gardner, she often spends it helping out in the community. She is a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake team and has been involved with Washington County Youth Baseball and Softball, the Junior Miss Pageant and Camp Invention.

Kane held a special school-wide function for the whole family on the evening of Jan. 27 — known as Math Mania — and Gardner served as the coordinator.

Growing up, Gardner needed a star in her life and she found one. Starr Meek was her high school coach and teacher, and is still a mentor and friend. Gardner was lucky enough to have a caring teacher serve as a positive role model in her life, and now she does everything she can to fill that need for the students in her care.

“It’s all about the kids,” says Gardner. “I chose this career to help children grow as students and individuals.”




Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society Inducts New Members

Kappa Delta Pi Spring 2011 group photo

Kappa Delta Pi Spring 2011 group

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is pleased to announce that 70 new members were inducted into its membership through the Kappa Rho chapter of Northeastern State University on April 17, 2011.  The ceremony was conducted on the NSU-Broken Arrow campus.

The Society inducts only those individuals who have exhibited the ideals of scholarship, integrity in service, and commitment to excellence in teaching and its allied professions. Selection as a member of Kappa Delta Pi is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education as a career, and a professional attitude that assures steady growth in the profession.  At Northeastern State University, education majors with a 3.25 GPA or better are eligible for membership.

Founded in 1911 at the University of Illinois by William C. Bagley, Kappa Delta Pi is the largest honor society in education, representing 572 undergraduate and professional chapters and more than 45,000 active members. The Kappa Rho chapter was begun at NSU on May 13, 1966.  Kappa Delta Pi’s most distinguished members over the last century have included Margaret Mead, Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver and current leaders in education Howard Gardner, Maxine Greene, and Carol Gilligan.

Kappa Delta Pi logo

Local Contact:

Deborah Landry, Ed. D.


National Contact:

Kelly M. Skinner

Director of Membership, Kappa Delta Pi

 2011 DaVinci-Martin Scholars Dr. Wilson, Dr. Parrott, and Avery Chambers

Avery Chambers Selected as a 2011 DaVinci-Martin Scholar

Each year the DaVinci Institute, Oklahoma’s Creativity Think Tank, honors a special group of Oklahoma teachers by recognizing them as DaVinci Scholars.  These ten teachers possess a unique set of characteristics.  Each has graduated from an Oklahoma college or university.  Each has chosen to remain in Oklahoma to build a teaching career and is currently employed as a teacher in an Oklahoma public or private P-12 school.  These DaVinci Scholars practice interdisciplinary instructional methods in the classroom, recognize and support the value of multiple intelligences, individual learning styles, and foster creativity and critical thought in students.  A DaVinci Scholar collaborates with peers and parents and understands that learning is not static but rather an ongoing lifelong process.

Avery stated, “First, I want to thank each one of you for your support and your undying commitment to give outstanding service to our future teachers. Second, I want to state how honored I am to have received this award.”

Avery, an NSU COE graduate and teacher education candidate, was accompanied to the awards banquet in Oklahoma City by NSU DaVinci Fellows, Dr. Linda Wilson and Dr. Martha Parrott, as well as Dean Kay Grant.

More about the DaVinci Institute>>

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Oklahoma Teacher Shortage Task Force Recommendations

Dr. Debbie Landry, Dean of the College of Education, served on Oklahoma's Teacher Shortage Task Force.  Attached is a summary of task force recommendations as posted by Dr. Landry on December 22, 2015, in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education's (AACTE) blog.   

Oklahoma Teacher Shortage Task Force

Special Education Candidate Wins Award

Breanna Potter, from Sallisaw, recently received the Indian College Student of the Year award at a ceremony on December 2, 2015 at the Artesian Hotel in Sulphur. This was part of the 36th annual Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Oklahoma Council for Indian Education.  Potter is a member of the Cherokee Nation and is a senior at Northeastern State University (NSU), majoring in Special Education—Mild/Moderate Disabilities.

NSU SPED Candidate Wins Indian College Student of the Year Award

COE Welcomes Back Student 15 Years Later

Adam Brown started studying Early Childhood Education in 1995 at Northeastern State University when he was 20 years old. While he enjoyed school, at the time Brown wanted nothing more than to become a firefighter. He left in 1998—without completing his degree.  Fifteen years later, after retiring from his dream job due to injuries, Brown returned to NSU and resumed his Education degree, with tremendous guidance from faculty and staff.

COE Welcomes Back Student 15 Years.pdf