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San Marcos High School teacher Lacye Odam has been awarded the 2008 Oberle Award presented by the National Communication Association (NCA). The NCA is the oldest and largest national organization to promote communication scholarship and education. It was founded in 1914 and publishes ten academic journals. The Marcella E. Oberle Award for Outstanding Teaching in Grades K-12 has been presented to outstanding educators since 1987.

The Oberle Award chairperson, James J. Kimble, said that this year’s competition had as many nominees from across the country as the committee has ever had for the award. Given the challenging competition, he offered Odam his congratulations, saying, “Your record of achievement at San Marcos High School is truly outstanding, and we are delighted to be able to recognize that success.”

Odam will receive a more formal notification in July 2008, as well as an invitation to accept her award in person at the NCA conference to be held in San Diego in November 2008.She has been a teacher in San Marcos CISD for four years, and she interned for a year while she was a student at Texas State University.

“I’m really proud to represent San Marcos High School,” Odam said. “Our school’s name will be published in NCA journals for all to see. I’m also proud to represent Texas State University. I was a Master’s student in the Communication Studies Department. Being recognized by this outstanding organization reflects on the professors who have contributed so much to my role as a teacher. Most importantly, I’m grateful to all my students-especially those who took the time to write letters of recommendation. The San Marcos community has incredible young people, and they deserve the best resources possible. I know we will continue to work hard to provide them quality education.”

By IRIS CAMPBELL
Public Information Officer

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  1. Awesome for Lacye. It is truly ironic that many on her own faculty don’t realize the gem she is, but what is it that is always said about a prophet in his(her) own land… We’re very proud of her!

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