Cherokee teacher accepts Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Secondary Teaching


Jason Paris, fine arts teacher at Cherokee Junior High and High School, accepted the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Secondary Teaching during the 37th Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic Awards Celebration in Tulsa on Saturday, May 27.

Jason Paris teaches fine arts at Cherokee High School, a rural northern Oklahoma school serving just over 100 students. A successful playwright with a graduate degree from New York University's Directing Educational Theater program, the Oklahoma native has found his true calling as an arts teacher and mentor to students in Cherokee.

"I discovered an incredible sense of purpose in building a speech, debate and theater program where one no longer existed," he said, noting that the program grew from an enrollment of three students when he started to 53 today. Paris also expanded his instructio...

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