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Alumni Spotlight: Tammy and Stephen Lehew

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 09/13/2017 Tammy and Stephen Lehew —Courtesy photoTammy and Stephen Lehew —Courtesy photo

It’s no secret that Oklahoma Panhandle State University seeks to provide the best teachers in the area upon graduation from the teacher education program and the program is doing just that. This past Spring, Panhandle State graduate Mrs. Tammy Lehew was named Teacher of the Year for Northeast School in Guymon, Okla. as well as District Teacher of the Year for Guymon Public Schools for the 2016-2017 year.

Mrs. Lehew has been teaching for seven years and is currently a first grade teacher at Northeast Elementary. Originally from Guymon, Mrs. Lehew earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education/ Early Childhood from Panhandle State in 1997.

Mrs. Lehew commented on her time as a student at Panhandle State, “I felt like it was home. I felt that the professors cared about me as a person.”

She also spoke about her goals within teaching, “My goal is to be able to reach out and help any student no matter what language they speak or no matter what level they are on. I want them all to know they can be successful in my classroom.”

Mrs. Lehew gets to do what she loves right alongside her husband, Mr. Stephen Lehew, who currently teaches third and fourth grade music at Guymon Public Schools.

Mr. Lehew attended Panhandle State as well and graduated in 1998 with a degree in Music Education.

“It seems that going to a smaller college the instructors cared about me as a person. I was more than just a student to them. They cared whether I was successful or not. Panhandle State is also where I met my wife and we decided we wanted to stay in this area to raise our family.”

As a student, Mr. Lehew was active in Band, Choir, Pizzazz (Show Choir), and the Once Upon a Mattress Musical.

He has been teaching for 19 years and was named the 2015/2016 Teacher of the Year for Academy School in Guymon.

In addition to his position at Academy, he is also an ordained Pastor at Guymon Church of the Nazarene where he serves as Children’s Pastor.

Interim Dean of Education Mr. Jerry Mihelic said, “I have known Mr. and Mrs. Lehew for many years. They truly live the mission of the School of Education to change the world one student at a time. We are Panhandle Proud of these two graduates.”