Q&A with Brian Hayden

Brian Hayden serves as a board member for the Vance Development Authority, and is an advisory board member for NBC Bank. He has been very active in the Enid community, chairing a $99 million school bond campaign for Enid Public Schools. He is a past board member and chairman of several boards including Enid Public School Foundation, NWOSU/NOC Higher Education Advisory Board, Oklahoma Business & Education Coalition, Chamber of Commerce, Enid Regional Development Alliance, and the Joint Industrial Foundation. Hayden and his wife Autumn moved to Enid in 1994 when he began working at AdvancePierre Foods where he is Vice President of People Services and Safety. Brian has degrees from Western Kentucky University, Oklahoma City University, and Troy University. He is Human Resources certified (PHR), and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Leadership Greater Enid and Leadership Oklahoma.

Education Focus: What is public education’s biggest challenge?
Brian Hayden:
“Developing a collaborative plan to improve education and prepare students for life beyond their teenage years.”

EF: What do you think the biggest difference is today in public education compared to when you were in high school?
“Technology advances with the Internet, interactive boards, etc. is a game changer.”

EF: During your time on the State School Board, what has been the most inspiring achievement you’ve seen in a public school?
“I strongly believe the greatest amount of student learning is a result of highly effective teachers. I am most inspired by the TLE initiatives. Each of us want to perform great in our jobs and TLE will provide teachers feedback on ways they can improve.”

EF: What do you think has been the State Board’s biggest accomplishment during your term?
“Passing TLE.”

EF: What will be the most significant changes in public education in the next 5-10 years?
“I believe common core standards and educating our students to this level will be the most significant change. The U.S. is falling backwards on education standards compared to other countries. The U.S. needs to be leading education standards, not lagging.”

EF: Public education is going through a great deal of change via a number of different reforms. Is there a reform that you’d like to see that hasn’t been broached?
“There are many reforms in varying stages of implementation and I feel we need to focus on doing these well before approaching new ideas. But, I do see continuous evaluation and implementing improvement initiatives as an ongoing process with collaboration of all public education stakeholders.”

EF: If you were a teacher, what subject or grade would you be teaching and why?
“Fifth grade is my favorite. It seems to me to be an age where children peak on the broadness of possibilities the world has to offer.”

EF: Why should we care how our student test scores compare to other countries, especially when our education systems and cultures are so very different?
“I fear the U.S. losing its global competitiveness and ability to innovate because of not properly educating our students.”

EF: Who was your favorite teacher, and why?
“I have had many great teachers so it is difficult to identify a favorite.

EF: What piece of technology has advanced education the most?
“The Internet.”


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