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May 9, 2013

Chickasaw woman making dynamic impact on students


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Ada —

“If you can read this, thank a teacher,” the bumper sticker stated triumphantly.

It takes passion to be a teacher. It takes devotion. It requires patience and it requires an understanding some students are going to excel in a vocational setting, while others will earn doctorates. It is why this Sunday, America observed National Teacher’s Day.

Chickasaw Ellen Brooker has seen all of this in 28 years of teaching and within her own family.  She accepts it and celebrates it.

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby said Ellen Brooker is a great example of what a teacher should be.

“Ellen Brooker epitomizes the best attributes of a true educator," said Anoatubby. "She does more than help students learn the subject matter; she inspires them to see every situation as an opportunity to learn and grow as an individual. She helps her students understand the importance of lifelong learning.”

The 2012 Chickasaw Nation Dynamic Woman of the Year recently came across a saying she loves: “Those who can — teach. Those who can’t — legislate.

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