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OSU College of Education Inducts Two to Hall of Fame

Monday, May 9, 2016

Dr. Ted Mills and Dr. John Woods are the newest members of the Oklahoma State University College of Education Hall of Fame. The pair received the college’s highest honor as they were formally inducted on May 13.

“Ted Mills and John Woods are phenomenal representatives of the OSU College of Education and of the education profession. They have impacted science and mathematics education in the state of Oklahoma and beyond. We proudly welcome them to our Hall of Fame,” College of Education Dean John Romans said.

The Hall of Fame award recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements that have brought honor and distinction to the college.

Terence (Ted) Mills of Stillwater served on the College of Education faculty for more than 25 years before retiring in 1996. Mills started the college’s Center for Environmental Education and helped found the Oklahoma Conservation Education Leadership Training Program. In 1980, the National Wildlife Federation, Oklahoma Wildlife Federation and the Phillips Foundation named Mills Educator of the Year. From 1987-1992, he directed a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to upgrade the quality of science teaching in public schools. Mills, who earned an education doctorate from Indiana University, is a recipient of the OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching Award (1994) and was recognized with the OSU Teaching Legacy commendation (1991).

John M. Woods of Weatherford is a 1965 alumnus of the OSU College of Education. Woods graduated with a 4.0 grade point average and was named the Outstanding OSU College of Education Graduate and a top 10 graduate for the university. Woods has dedicated nearly 50 years to education in the state of Oklahoma. He served for more than 20 years on the faculties of both Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma Baptist University. Woods received the Lifetime Service Award from the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 2001 and was inducted to the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame in 2015. Woods, who also has a M.A.T. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Florida State University, is currently mathematics department grants specialist and Professor Emeritus at SWOSU.

In addition to the Hall of Fame awards, Union Public Schools elementary teacher Diana Bland received the 2016 Rising Star Award. The honor is given to individuals who have received a bachelor’s degree within the last 10 years and whose life and achievements demonstrate the promise of future leadership and bring distinction to the college. Bland earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from OSU in 2010. She has worked in the Union Public Schools for the last 13 years, the last six as a certified classroom teacher. Bland is currently the English Language Learners teacher at Boevers Elementary, where she was chosen the school’s 2014-15 Teacher of the year.