OKTOY Blog: Getting started | OU Homecoming

The past month has been a whirlwind of sorts. I realized that I had a 1 in 12 chance of becoming the 2015 Teacher of the Year when I was named a finalist, but even then I didn’t really believe it would happen. It’s such a tremendous honor to receive this title, especially when so many of my deserving fellow teachers were also finalists.

Jason Proctor, Oklahoma Teacher of the Year in OU homecoming paradeSince the announcement in September, I have been learning about the great potential and responsibility I now take on with this enormous title. At first it was hard to fathom. I was at a loss for words and unsure about what I should do with this new spotlight.

Don’t get me wrong, I am still extremely humble to be Oklahoma’s TOY, but I am starting to see the road ahead and I am getting more excited each day to see where that road leads.

Recently I had my first official appearance as Oklahoma’s 2015 TOY. The Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma invited me to celebrate OU’s homecoming with them. The event entailed an 8:30 a.m. parade ride atop a Mustang convertible with Dean Gregg Garn and his daughter Allie. It was a great opportunity to discuss the finer points of the art of teaching and the preparation of future teachers. Seeing that I will get numerous opportunities to speak to future teachers, the time shared with Dean Garn was of great value to me.

Post parade we toured the College of Education and ate breakfast with alumni, current students and faculty members. From there it was across campus to Owen Field for the big game. That was my first OU football game, and it was a wonderful experience even if the Sooners lost. Overall it was a great visit to Norman and I look forward to return trips to visit with the faculty and students in the future.

By: Jason Proctor
2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year




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Last updated on November 5, 2014