By Kyle Hinchey
An East Central High School teacher didn’t know what to think about his prominent role in Tulsa Regional Chamber Chairman David Stratton’s inaugural speech.
Stratton highlighted AP math teacher David Lanning while addressing the need for increased education funding at the chamber’s annual meeting Thursday. Particularly, the chairman lauded a voluntary calculus camp he teaches in the summer to give students a head start in advanced math.
“And did I mention that Mr. Lanning runs that camp on his own time and does not get paid a penny to do it?” Stratton told the crowd of more than 1,300 people. “He is building confidence in his students and opening them up to their own potential.
“Again, a voluntary class in the summer, taught by a teacher volunteering his time. … That is also just one example of the work our teachers do to inspire our students and why we must invest in common education at a far deeper level than what we accomplished last year.”
Stratton then asked Lanning to stand on behalf of all Oklahoma teachers and thanked him for inspiring kids to graduate and succeed.
The lengthy shoutout was hard for Lanning to wrap his head around. He admitted to feeling nervous in the days leading up to the speech and said he didn’t feel more deserving than any other educator.
“I’m honored, but there’s a lot of other teachers that do similar things, so it could have been any one of them,” he said.