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Randall named AFA Chapter 342 Teacher of the Year


Mar 28, 2023 -- maegan.martin
Randall named AFA Chapter 342 Teacher of the Year

Western Oklahoma State College faculty member, Rachel Randall, was named AFA Chapter 342 Teacher of the Year (9-12). Randall combines eight years of teaching experience and many years of outside work experience to give students a well-rounded view outside the classroom.

Randall is a Biology instructor at Western and teaches General Biology to high school students through a unique partnership with Southwest Technology Center (SWTC) in the Biomedical Science program. "I am proud to help bring these applied learning experiences to high school concurrent students at a college level," said Randall. Randall also teaches various biological science courses, including General Biology, Biology I and II, Botany, Zoology, and Medical Terminology, to both concurrent and traditional college students.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from Tarleton State University, she has gained many years of experience that she brings to her students. Randall has farmed and ranched her entire life, worked in the oilfield reporting oil/gas and environmental issues, worked for the USDA, and returned to school to become a certified hospital lab technician. During her time as a lab technician, she taught primary and secondary science classes. She obtained her Master of Science in Forensic Biology and began teaching at Western in January 2022. "I think I bring my outside-world experience to the classroom and the lab. Only a few students learn from sitting through a lecture. I believe it requires hands-on experience and real-world applications, " said Randall.

Randall begins each day with a quote by Rick Rigsby, "Everyday, ask yourself, how you livin'? Don't judge, show up early, be kind and make sure that the servant's towel you hold is huge and used."

Outside of teaching, Randall actively serves as a board member of the Oklahoma State Society of American Medical Technologists and the American Medical Technologist Continuing Education Committee. "It is essential to stay active in other fields so that I can bring application and knowledge back to my students," said Randall, " I am committed to meeting them where they are and guiding their progression to the next level."

The AFA Chapter 342, located in Altus, Oklahoma, recognizes some of the outstanding leaders at all levels at Altus Air Force Base and its supporting community. Many of these individuals are the best at what they do, and all of them have provided leadership to their peers, subordinates, and charges through both the outstanding execution of their expertise and their unfaltering example as to how to get the job done right! 

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Randall named 2024 Teacher of the Year

May 20, 2024

Western Oklahoma State College is proud to announce that Rachel Randall, a distinguished biology instructor, has been named the 2024 Teacher of the Year. This prestigious award, determined through nominations by the entire student body and a subsequent selection by the Student Senate, recognizes exceptional dedication and excellence in teaching. 

Rachel Randall has consistently demonstrated a profound commitment to her students, both academically and personally. The nominations submitted by students highlight her extraordinary impact on their educational experiences and personal growth. Here are some of the heartfelt comments from students who nominated her: 

"To me, this teacher has been one of the most caring teachers I know on campus, and I think is the most deserving of this award. Not only because they are an amazing teacher but also because they are the most caring human being. Anytime I need help with something they are always there to help me even if they don't know anything about it, they will learn about it just for me. They are always willing to go above and beyond for every single one of their students and I am completely grateful for that!" 

"I have had the privilege of having this teacher for two different classes. They are knowledgeable and caring. They go above and beyond for their students even when they don't have to. There have been countless times when I have gone to this teacher for help in other classes and if they don't know they takes the time to sit with you and look it up, they make sure you leave their office understanding what you didn't understand when you got into their office with the question. They truly care about their students, and them gaining the knowledge they need to succeed." 

Randall's dedication to her students is evident in every interaction, whether in the classroom or during one-on-one consultations. Her willingness to go the extra mile to ensure her students succeed is what makes her a truly remarkable educator and a deserving recipient of this year's Teacher of the Year award.

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