The Oklahoman (NewsOK.com), December 17, 2017
By Mary Mélon | The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools
Every student deserves to feel like a hero. That was the message for 177 graduating teachers at the University of Central Oklahoma, along with various education and community leaders at last week’s annual luncheon, Honoring a Noble Profession — Celebrating Teachers and Teaching.
The message was delivered by the 2017 National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee. She is from the Boston area and was here on her first visit to Oklahoma. She shared that her passion is teaching, and beyond that, her passion is storytelling. Storytelling is used as she teaches her ninth-grade students history. It helps them learn and gain perspective of their world now by understanding what has happened in the past.