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Dr. Wayne Stewart, Dean of Education at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. -Campus Communications Photo


**For Immediate Release**
Teaching AND Inspiring at OPSU
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 07-26-05
by Scott Puryear

Goodwell, OK - The School of Education at Oklahoma Panhandle State University has traditionally ranked at or near the top of the teacher placement rates among colleges in the state of Oklahoma. OPSU is a great place to learn and a great place to learn to be a teacher.

Dr. Wayne Stewart is the Dean of Education and points out that the Department of Education continues to move ahead in its dedicated direction of developing new teachers as well as continuing to train those who are established in the field. As but one example, staff members Dr. Pauline Hodges and Elaina Stewart will be presenting professional development seminars for schools in Beaver, Oklahoma and Plainview, Texas in the month of August.

OPSU is working with area schools in several areas, one of which is the Oklahoma 21st Century Learning Center (21st CCLC) Program. According to Sandy Garrett, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, “The purpose of this program (21st CCLC) is to create Community Learning Centers throughout Oklahoma that provide academic enrichment opportunities for students, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, during nonschool hours or periods when school is not in session.”

The School of Education also has a new Field Placement Director, Gerald Mihelic, who will be relocating from Arizona to begin his duties on August 1.

Many faculty and staff members are involved in community activities and Dr. Stewart is quite active. In addition to winning acting awards for his performances in both “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Annie” with the Guymon Community Theater, he is the chairperson of the new Arts and Humanities Commission for the City of Guymon.

Dr. Stewart and his staff work continuously with both the State of Oklahoma Department of Public Instruction as well as the National Council Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as the Education Department at OPSU strives to continue its mission of producing quality educators.

The education of students receives the highest priority at Oklahoma Panhandle State University and the School of Education staff and faculty well understand that teachers ARE the future.

William Arthur Ward (scholar, author and pastor) once said, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

There have been many great teachers who have come out of Oklahoma Panhandle State University . . . and there will be many more.

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