The Oklahoma State Department of Education has launched a new campaign using famous Oklahomans to highlight the importance of teachers.
The campaign is called Shaped My Life and the department released the first video in the series on Thursday. The video features Oklahoma State University head football coach Mike Gundy. In it, Gundy describes two of his fifth-grade teachers who he says taught a "knucklehead" how to pay attention.
The other famous Oklahomans involved in the campaign include Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, award-winning author Lou Berney and former Miss America Jane Jayroe.
OSDE plans to release a new episode of the Shaped My Life campaign weekly. It also invites Oklahomans to use the #shapEDmylife hashtag on Facebook or Twitter to join the conversation about a teacher who shaped their lives.
“We can never show enough appreciation for educators,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. “We are hopeful that Shaped My Life will be an important reminder that teachers are heroes with the power, every day, to make a real and lasting difference that influences generations.”