Former Pres. Kyle Dahlem Honored by Oklahoma Foundation of Excellence

Kyle Dahlem, former president of the Oklahoma Education Association, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a nonprofit organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools.

Dahlem, who is a founding trustee, was honored for her many contributions to the foundation and particularly for her service on the Academic Awards Selection Committee.

"As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, it is fitting that we honor someone who has been a leader in our foundation’s work from the very beginning,” said David Boren, founder and chairman of the foundation. “Kyle demonstrated her commitment to our mission by hosting the first organizational meeting of the Academic Awards Selection Committee in her home in 1986. She is a true champion for students and for public education.”

As a member of the selection committee, Dahlem helped create the rubric for the selection of the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence winners and has spent countless hours reviewing Academic Awards nominations every year for the past 30 years.

Her longtime career in education has spanned all grade-levels, from pre-K through higher education, and she has been recognized with numerous honors, including induction into the Oklahoma Education Hall of Fame. From 2000 to 2009, she worked for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as the director of Teacher Education and the Minority Teacher Recruitment Center. As such, she was instrumental in developing and implementing teacher standards and assessments at state and national levels. Kyle currently serves as the executive director of the DaVinci Institute, Oklahoma’s creativity think tank. In addition, she has volunteered for more than five years as a weekly mentor and reading tutor for FaithWorks in Oklahoma City.

Photo cutline - Former OEA President Kyle Dahlem of Oklahoma City accepts the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence 2015 Distinguished Service Award from foundation chairman David L. Boren during the foundation’s Board of Trustees meeting in Oklahoma City.


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