Volume 29, No. 2 - December/January 2011-12



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Linda S. Hampton, President
Alicia Priest, Vice President
Lela Odom, Executive Director
Dr. Dottie Hager, Assoc. Exec. Dir.

Doug Folks, Editor
Contributing Writers:
Marty Bull
Ashley Knuckles
Kandis West
Maureen Peters, Center Assistant

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In This Issue...


Overwhelming Passion
Passion and enthusiasm for students and education helped Kristin Shelby become 2012 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. The first state teacher of the
year from Hollis talks about a range of topics in our cover story.


Back to School
Nearly 50 state legislators participated in G.L.E.E. Week, the OEA's Giving Legislators an Educational Experience.


Hodgepodge Furniture, No Library
Tara Bassett’s classroom is a perfect
depiction of funding in Oklahoma.
Instead of funding education first,
schools absorb endless cuts and it
is the students’ piece of pie that is
sliced into tiny slivers.

Rep. Inman: Keynote Speaker
Rep. Scott Inman will provide the keynote address and education support professionals
will again be offered their own track of breakout sessions at the Advocacy Conference, February 17-18.
The Truth About Liability Insurance
Just how much liability insurance does an education employee really need? OEA General Counsel Richard Wilkinson writes about the myths of liability.

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The Education Focus is a production of the Oklahoma Education Association’s Communications Center.
The Education Focus (ISSN 1542-1678) is published eight times annually with issues in September/October,
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