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Katharine Hamilton named 2023 Teacher of the Year


May 25, 2023 -- maegan.martin
Mena Sanders, student body president presents Ms. Hamilton with award
Mena Sanders, student body president presents Ms. Hamilton with award
Congratulations to nursing instructor Katharine Hamilton for being selected as the 2023 Teacher of the Year at Western Oklahoma State College. Ms. Hamilton is the Freshman Nursing Coordinator and Instructor at the Lawton campus.
The entire student body was given the chance to nominate instructors for this award. Those nominations were then given to Student Senate, and a selection was made.
Here are a few of the comments about this year's Teacher of the Year:
"This instructor is the only instructor in my entire college career who has shown that she cares about me and the entire program. She goes the extra mile and then continues to keep going. She is reassuring, kind, firm, and completely thorough as an instructor. When I think about who I will owe my compassion and respect to as a future nurse, I will always remember her and who she is and what she has done to guide me through my toughest year of nursing school."
"This instructor has inspired me in so many ways. The way she loves her students and supports them is way beyond any instructor I've had before. You can tell she is our number one fan and that teaching is her passion. I think I can speak for my entire class when I say that we appreciate, respect, and love her so much. She has been such a blessing to have this year, and I know a lot of us wouldn't be here if it weren't for her going the extra mile to make sure we understand the material and know how to apply it. Nursing school is incredibly hard, and we are all so blessed to have such a caring instructor that truly wants us all to succeed. She will always hold a special place with all of us!"

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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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