Jason Stephenson

Jason Stephenson, a lifelong learner, enjoys teaching high school students. He has taught ten years at DCHS. Before that, he taught two years at DCMS. Now entering his thirteenth year of teaching (#ThirteenYearClub), he begins a second year with a morning role as a secondary curriculum instruction and technology integration specialist. He still sponsors student council and teaches creative writing in the afternoons.

Mr. Stephenson belongs to the Oklahoma Writing Project (OWP), a professional organization of teachers devoted to improving writing instruction. He became a teacher consultant for OWP in 2009 and has since presented workshops for teachers in cities such as Hinton, Muskogee, Woodward, Anadarko, Cordell, Oklahoma City, Chickasha, Moore, Chandler, and Mangum. In 2010, he served as a coach at the OWP summer institute for teachers, and in 2011 he served as the director of the summer institute. He currently serves at the editor of the summer institute anthology.

Jason grew up in southeastern Oklahoma in Atoka and Holdenville. In high school, he played the trumpet (cornet, really) in band, competed on the academic team, and planned school activities on student council. His graduating class had 76 students. He was one of seven valedictorians for the class of 2001.

Oklahoma Baptist University was Jason's first and only choice for undergrad. He majored in English education (not once changing his major!) and maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA while also staying active in many campus organizations including Sigma Tau Delta (the international English honor society with an unfortunate acronym), Campus Activities Board (student functions), and Mortar Board (academic honor society). He graduated summa cum laude in May 2005.

Jason acquired his master's degree in English in 20th & 21st century literature from UCO in May 2015. He almost quit the program, but with the help of a mentor, he finished his classes and final paper. This has helped him become more patient with students who are on different time tables with their assignments.

Jason believes that every student can succeed. He enjoys challenging his students to become better readers and writers. His classroom functions as a reading and writing workshop. Some of his teaching heroes include Penny Kittle, Kelly Gallagher, and Oklahoma's very own Claudia Swisher.

Find many of Jason's online presences at his about.me page.

July 2017

Jason

Email: jasonstephenson@dcsok.org
Twitter: @teacherman82

Classes: Creative Writing 1 & 2
Co-Sponsor
Student Council 
AdviserThe Red Line

Oklahoma Writing Project Teacher Consultant

Past President, Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English

2008-2009 Deer Creek High School Teacher of the Year