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Education First with OPSU's SOEA Chapter

By Danae Moore on 10/17/2013 OPSU SOEA Chapter gathers for a picture by their new trophy case. Pictured from left to right: Katlin Vaughan, Jerry Mihelic, Clayton Reed, Caitlyn Christie, Dr. Dave Bryant, Katie Kreamer, Chelsea Ghumm and Omar Holguin. Not pictured: Adviser, Jana Peterson. —Photo by Danae Moore OPSU SOEA Chapter gathers for a picture by their new trophy case. Pictured from left to right: Katlin Vaughan, Jerry Mihelic, Clayton Reed, Caitlyn Christie, Dr. Dave Bryant, Katie Kreamer, Chelsea Ghumm and Omar Holguin. Not pictured: Adviser, Jana Peterson. —Photo by Danae Moore Goodwell, Okla. — OPSU's Chapter of the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA) has gotten off to a quick start this year.

SOEA is a student led organization striving to put education first. Any student interested in the issues of education may join. The group meets twice a month for regular meetings among a variety of other activities.

With a mission statement saying, "As future professional educators we seek to serve the community and to provide professional development and quality education experiences while fostering professionalism among our organization" the group has numerous activities planned and events scheduled for the year to fulfill their purpose.

Throughout the Fall and Spring, students will have the opportunity to attend different conferences and workshops. The group traveled to Oklahoma City for a Fall Convention on October 5. During this conference the SOEA members had the opportunity to learn about the Tulsa Model TLE evaluation system, classroom management techniques, common core, classroom technology, OSAT study techniques, and science in the classroom. Students also had the opportunity to question a panel of diverse teachers with concerns they have about teaching.

SOEA president, Katlin Vaughan said, "SOEA Fall Convention provides education majors with knowledge and techniques they can apply in the classroom. I feel very blessed and inspired to be part of this organization."

From tutoring at local schools to highway clean-up, the members of SOEA can be seen serving around the community.

This year's officers are President Katlin Vaughan, Vice President Clayton Reed, Secretary Chelsea Ghumm, Treasurer Caitlyn Christie, Historian Omar Holguin and Media Specialist Katie Kreamer. Serving as advisers to OPSU's SOEA Chapter are Jerry Mihelic, Assistant Professor of Education; Dr. Christi Roach, Field Placement Director; and Jana Peterson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics.

SOEA would like to thank the OPSU Student Senate and members of the community for the continued support.


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