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May 9th, 2008
High school teacher wins national communications award

From the San Marcos school district

San Marcos High School teacher Lacye Odam has been awarded the 2008 Oberle Award presented by the National Communication Association. 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. “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.”

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