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Theresa A. Cullen
Theresa A. Cullen

Compiled by The City Sentinel Staff

ASTEC Charter teacher, students garner honors

In recent days, ASTEC Charter Schools named Karen Walker Teacher of the Year. Walker, sixth grade science teacher, accepted the honor from founder ASTEC Freida Deskin. …   Junior student Jeffica Cifuentes has been named a QuestBride Scholar, honoring her notable academic achievements in the face of daunting socio-economic challenges. … Student Maria Palacio has been accepted to the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Youth Leadership meeting at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) in Chickasha.

Graduates can still benefit from OSU Career Services

Oklahoma State University’s Career Services program offers resources and guidance to students and graduates as they begin to maneuver through the job/internship search process.

Pam Ehlers, director of Career Services, says, “Every student has an account from day one of admission to the university.

“We let them know that we are here. Every freshman receives a free orange T-shirt with a Career Service logo during their first week on campus. We want them to know that we are a resource for them from day one.”

In 2010, the Wall Street Journal named OSU Career Services in the top 45 in the nation.

Post-graduate job information can be found at This website provides information including how to begin searching for a job and interview and resume tips.

The hire OSU system also offers a database of internships and full-time and part-time jobs. Employers from all over the world post jobs in many different fields of study.

Career consultants are located in the program’s main office in the Student Union and in each of the colleges across campus.

An OSU graduate can use the hire system for free for one year after graduation or if they are a member of the OSU Alumni Association.

In addition to access to an alumni membership includes access to CareerShift, which gathers all public job postings across North America and some internationally.

OSU Extension Offers Summer Youth Workshops

Parents: What will your kids learn over the summer? What about photography, cooking, canning, sewing or even gardening? Your teens could even become certified babysitters and earn a little extra money this summer. Several such workshops will be offered during the Summer Camps series presented by the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service.

LaDonna Hines, OSU Extension County Director, says “Summer is the time that young people can branch out and learn something just for the fun of it. That’s where our workshops come in, since we emphasize fun in everything we offer.”

The workshops will get started in early June with “Babysitting 101” on June 3 and, at the OSU-OKC Human Services Education Center. Pre-registration is required on all workshops.

Also in June will be Salsa Canning, Jams & Jellies, Sewing, Kids in the Kitchen and Junior Master Gardener workshops. July will feature Sewing and Kids in the Kitchen classes along with 4-H Food Showdown and Photography.

“Each of our workshops is limited to a certain number of participants,” Hines explained, “so we encourage people to register early.”

Summer workshops are located at different locations across Oklahoma County. Pre-registration is required with payment for all sessions before being considered enrolled. For more information,  visit “Event & Activity Registration” tab under 4-H, or call 405-713-1125.

Pair of OU alumna named Apple Distinguished Educators

A University of Oklahoma Associate Professor of Education and an OU alumna have been selected as Apple Distinguished Educators, a prestigious and competitive award honoring highly innovative educators.

Both Theresa Cullen (associate professor in the Instructional Psychology and Technolgy Program and director of the iPad program in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at OU) and Bekah Hightower (director of the Media Center and Instructional Technology at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School) join selected instructors from around the world as Apple Distinguished Educators.

Cullen was integral in launching the college’s iPad program, which put iPads in the hands of 575 students enrolled in the college’s undergraduate teacher education program in Spring 2013.

Hightower, who graduated from OU in 2013 with her master’s in education and emphasis in Integrating Technology into Teaching, said each student at the school where she now works has an iPad, and 90 percent of their books are eTextbooks and iBooks. She believes the technology-driven education she received from OU set her up for success in the tech-centered classrooms of today.

NOTE: Publisher Pat McGuigan contributed to this report.

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