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Teacher of the Year gives advice to future educators

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LAWTON, Okla._Cameron University students considering a career in education received some sound advice Monday from Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, Peter Markes.

Markes is a music teacher from Edmond where he directs several string orchestras. He talked to students about the importance of teacher leadership and says the focus should be on their relationship with students. He said it's a powerful message passed down to him from another teacher he admires.

"The focus begins on day one with being friendly, not necessarily their friend, being kind and gentle with these students, because we have no idea where they come from," said Markes.

He also hopes students come away from his presentation with a more solid understanding of how they can benefit from the relationships they make with peers, students and family members.  

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