Cameron University Department of Education presents awards

The Cameron University Department of Education recently celebrated the accomplishments of its students with awards.

Katie Caughron, Rachel McIntire and Marissa Williams, all of Lawton, were named Student of the Year in their respective master’s programs. Caughron has completed a Master of Science in Educational Leadership. She is a teacher in Lawton who plans to continue her classroom career. She hopes to serve as a principal in the future. McIntire has earned a Master of Education in Education. She plans to begin her career as a teacher in the fall. Williams will complete a Master of Education in Reading this summer.

Undergraduates in the department’s Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education programs were also honored.

Jasmine Afable, Shaelynn Ellsworth Jones and Chad Erickson, all of Lawton, received awards for Most Caring Student. The award recognizes students who are responsive to individual students needs and create motivating learning environments that promote positive social interactions, authentic relationships and anti-biased experiences for all learners.

Afable and Erickson have each completed a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Afable plans to obtain a Master’s in Education. Erickson, an 18-year veteran of the U.S. Army and the Oklahoma National Guard, has accepted a teaching position at Lincoln Elementary in Lawton. Jones plans to teach pre-kindergarten or kindergarten and plans to pursue both National Board certification as well as a master’s degree after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education this fall.

Academic Achievement Awards, which recognize competency of pedagogical and content knowledge, were presented to ShaLee Hale, Comanche, and Megan Parker, Stafford, Va.  Both have completed a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and both plan to return to their respective hometown communities to start their teaching careers.

Katie Langston and Kirsten Riddick, both of Lawton, and Ashley Cook, Claremore, were recognized with the Most Committed Student Award. The award is presented to students who are lifelong learners, who are persistent in their pursuit of knowledge and understanding, and those with a positive attitude and dedication to the teaching profession.

Langston and Riddick have each completed a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. Langston plans to start her teaching career and will also pursue at Master’s of Education in Reading. Riddick is a career early childhood professional who will begin her P-12 teaching career as well..  Cook has completed a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Cameron’s education program located at Rogers State University in Claremore. She has accepted a fourth grade teaching position in Owasso.

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May 10, 2019