Oklahoma 2010 Teacher of the Year to speak at Cameron

Brian Grimm, Oklahoma’s 2010 Teacher of the Year, will make a special appearance at Cameron University on Tuesday, July 20, in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex. Grimm will speak about the critical role educators play in empowering students of all ages to overcome obstacles and change their lives. The 10 a.m. presentation is open to the public.

Grimm has taught at English II and III and pre-Advanced Placement English at Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, where he is also English department chair, for five years. Before joining Will Rogers in 2004, Grimm taught at several Texas school districts, including Dallas, La Porte, Clear Creek and Anahauc public schools. He was chosen Clear Lake High School Teacher of the Year in 1999 and has been the Will Rogers Teacher of the Year since 2007.

In his written portfolio for the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year competition, he wrote that his greatest contribution was his message. "Teachers need to know they can do it [because] it is not an easy task to pull kids away from failure," Grimm wrote. "Apathy is easy but change is a challenge. Students must know that they are not a product of their environment, but rather through education and empowerment, their environment becomes a product of their resolve to change. Students must know that their beliefs drive their actions and their actions drive their community."

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February 14, 2010

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