Garrrett Voted By Oklahoma Retired Teachers As VIM
Carolyn “Sue” Lee was born on February 17, 1947, in Fresno, California. Like many children born this year, my father had returned from fighting in Europe during WWII. My family had moved to California in hopes of finding good jobs, but like many Okies they returned to Oklahoma to eke out a living in the Sooner State. I grew up in Duncan and attended several different elementary schools: Lee, Irving, and Liberty. I graduated from Duncan High School in 1965. My schooling in Duncan was adequate, but did not encourage a student who lived on the “poor” side of town to have dreams of college.
I did not realize that I was capable of attending college until I was middle age. I was thirty-nine when I enrolled full time at Cameron University. My declared major was accounting, and then I was exposed to LITERATURE and fell in love. I changed my major to English Education. I graduated in 1991 and was blessed to be hired at Comanche High School. I taught freshmen for many years and then moved up the chain to juniors. Of course senior English and AP English literature came next. I was never honored to be nominated Teacher of the Year; however, I was honored to be able to watch my former students become successful adults. My becoming a teacher allowed me to encourage ALL of my students to have the knowledge that they could accomplish whatever goal they might set for themselves. This was my repeating mantra during my teaching career. I encouraged my students to reach for the stars, and I was allowed to see some of them land to expand the galaxy.
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