School for the Deaf coach, players win National DeafDigest sports awards

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SULPHUR, Okla. – National Deafdigest Sports has named Angie Shelby, Oklahoma School for the Deaf volleyball coach, as 2019 coach of the year.

The organization selected Shelby, who graduated from OSD in 1999, as the top division 2 coach for all schools for the deaf in the nation.

“I’m humbled to be named coach of the year,” Shelby said. “I could not take all credit because I feel strongly that my Assistant Coach Caroline Evans and Student Assistant Coach Isaiah Holt are the huge help with the program.”

Good for Business: Business leaders invited to exhibit at DRS Career Opportunity Expo

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Business leaders aren't missing an opportunity to recruit an untapped pool of talented, loyal job candidates. They're joining OGE, FAA and Ditchwitch to reserve exhibit space now at the first Career Opportunity Expo 2020: Ready, Set Hired! on February 11 in Oklahoma City.

Expo 2020 will be hosted by Greater Oklahoma City Chamber member Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, to enable business leaders to showcase their companies and meet qualified jobseekers attracted to the event by free skills development and marketing training seminars.

School for the Blind PE teacher earns state award

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind Teacher Tera Webb from Tahlequah recently won the Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year award from the Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Adapted PE modifies activities to make them equally appropriate with students with and without disabilities.

Webb, who has taught at OSB for 20 years, became an OAHPERD member when she was a college student.

She drives from her home in Tahlequah to work at OSB, which is headquartered in Muskogee.

School for the Blind to host 7th cane travel competition November 14 in Muskogee

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – A record-breaking 33 contestants will convene Thursday, November 14, for the seventh Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest hosted by Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.

Students from across Oklahoma will start competing at 10 a.m. to earn points and win prizes.

Cane Quest contestants in 7th through 12th grades will follow verbal directions and demonstrate appropriate cane skills and proper travel techniques to complete routes in downtown Muskogee.

Leaders congratulate School for the Blind’s Teacher of the Year

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Muskogee leaders and legislators recently recognized Oklahoma School for the Blind’s 2019 Teacher of the Year, Laura Leatherman from Muskogee.

Leatherman, who is a fourth-grade teacher at OSB, was selected for the honor by a committee of co-workers.

She is a finalist for Professional Oklahoma Educators for Special Education.

For more information about OSB’s programs for children who are blind or visually impaired, phone 877-229-7136 toll free or visit

Oklahoma School for the Deaf receives cycling program grant for middle-school students

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SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf Physical Education Teacher Angie Shelby received a grant from the Outride Foundation to encourage middle school students to ride bikes.

OSD received 12 bikes, 12 helmets and an air pump through the comprehensive youth cycling education program Riding for Focus.

Shelby attended the training during the summer in California.

She then used Riding for Focus physical education curriculum to teach OSD students how to do safety inspections, check and fit helmets properly and ride their bikes safely.