Jason Stephenson, a lifelong learner, enjoys teaching high school students. He has taught seven years at Deer Creek High School. Before that, he taught two years at Deer Creek Middle School. Now entering his tenth year of teaching, Jason is also pursuing a master’s degree in English from the University of Central Oklahoma. He has finished his required hours and is now writing his master’s thesis over Sherman Alexie, his favorite living author.
Jason belongs to the Oklahoma Writing Project (OWP), a professional organization of teachers devoted to improving writing instruction. He became a teacher consultant for OWP in 2009 and has since presented workshops for teachers in cities such as Muskogee, Oklahoma City, Moore, Chandler and most recently, Mangum. In 2010, he served as a coach at the OWP summer institute for teachers, and in 2011 he served as the director of the summer institute. If you would like Jason to present to your faculty on any aspect of writing instruction, please contact Audra Plummer, co-director for in-service for the Oklahoma Writing Project, at email@example.com or 405-401-1348.
Jason grew up in southeastern Oklahoma in Atoka and Holdenville. In high school, he played the trumpet in band, competed on the academic team, and planned school activities on student council. His graduating class had 76 students. He was one of seven valedictorians for the class of 2001.
Oklahoma Baptist University was Jason’s first and only choice for college. He majored in English Education (not once changing his major!) and maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA while also staying active in many campus organizations including Sigma Tau Delta (the international English honor society with an unfortunate acronym), Campus Activities Board (student functions), and Mortar Board (academic honor society). He graduated summa cum laude in 2005.
Jason believes that every student can succeed. He enjoys challenging his students to become better readers and writers. His English classroom functions as a reading and writing workshop.
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