OKLAHOMA CITY - Booker T. Washington social studies teacher Dr. Ronald Foore and Distinguished Teaching Professor Dr. Jack W. Paschall of East Central University in Ada are the 2009 Inductees into the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame. The two men were formally inducted and honored in a banquet ceremony Aug. 29 at Clarion Meridian Hotel and Conference Center in Oklahoma City, said Hall of Fame Executive Director Dr. Sharon Lease.
“Both of these men have accomplished a great deal during their careers and improved and enlightened countless Oklahomans’ lives,” Dr. Lease said.
“And, as we honor them, they continue to make a difference in the field and extraordinary contributions to education in our state.”
Drs. Foore and Paschall and others were nominated for Oklahoma educators’ highest state honor by various Oklahoma chapters of Phi Delta Kappa International. Final selections were made by the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors.
State Superintendent Sandy Garrett, who is not a member of the Board of Directors, praised the 2009 Hall of Fame inductees.
“I’m very familiar with both men’s contributions to secondary and postsecondary education and applaud the Hall of Fame on two stellar additions,” Garrett said. “It is my hope they are able to continue to make a difference in the field of education in Oklahoma for many years to come.”
Dr. Paschall’s career spans 44 years, having earned his doctorate in secondary education and instructional technology at the University of Oklahoma and both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in secondary history and education at Southeastern State University in Durant. He has conducted numerous research and consulting projects in instructional technology, classroom management and multicultural education and has served on the ECU faculty for 39 years. He was the university’s Graduate Dean from 1990 to 2000.
Interim ECU President Dr. Duane Anderson says of Dr. Paschall: “No ECU faculty members has had a greater impact upon the lives of countless students and public school teachers over the last 40 years than Jack Paschall. I doubt that there is a school building anywhere in the entire southeast quadrant of the state of Oklahoma that does not have a Jack Paschall student in it either as a teacher or administrator.”
Dr. Foore’s career spans 37 years in Tulsa Public Schools, the last 12 of which have been at Booker T. Washington. He earned his doctorate in Educational Administration from Oklahoma State University and both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and the 2000-2001 Oklahoma Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. Other honors include the Teacher Touching Tomorrow Award (1999), the Phi Delta Kappa Service Key Award (1990), the National Public School Administration Doctoral Scholarship Award (1989) and the U.S. Jaycees Outstanding Young Man of America Award (1982). He has been the senior writer for two textbooks, “Glencoe Understanding Psychology” and “The American Nation.”
Booker T. principal Michael Johnston says that while the “demands on master teachers are immense with regard to lesson planning, instruction, and assessment, (Dr. Foore) for almost four decades, has given thousands of voluntary hours in leadership and professional organizations, while performing the time-consuming tasks of teaching.”