Shawnee teacher Debbie Hogue-Downing is the 2004 recipient of the Oklahoma Education Association's Kate Frank Award.
The award criteria states that the winner must be an advocate for member rights and show a commitment to advancing the Association, while encouraging advocacy among peers.
Also, the award stipulates the winner should show professionalism and a desire to improve the profession through efforts within the education community and the general public. Hogue-Downing
, a Native American, shows these traits and more in numerous ways.She is a long-time member of the OEA's Human and Civil Rights Committee, which is charged with increasing minority educators' involvement and advancement in the profession.She
has been politically active throughout her
education career by assisting in political races for friends of education and through frequent lobbying at the State Capital. She has served as zone vice president, National Education Association Women's Leadership Cadre, NEA Minority Affairs Committee, NEA Director, among others.
organized Shawnee's first American Education Parade, as well as other events such as NEA's
Read Across America and American Education Week "Debbie has been my most frequent caller requesting the community's involvement in school projects," said Shawnee Mayor Chris Harden in recommending her for the OEA honor.