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Glenda Sullivan, retired Lawton Public Schools teacher, shows items she brought back from a recent trip to China.

Hall of Fame teacher opened worlds of possibilities to kids

Glenda Sullivan has been bringing the world to classrooms full of students her whole adult life.

The retired Lawton Public Schools teacher will be inducted into the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame Aug. 1 for her years of service as a teacher and especially for her efforts to improve geography education at all levels.

Sullivan went to a small Oklahoma country school through the sixth grade. There were students from multiple grades in the classroom, and when she invariably finished her work early the teachers would set her to helping the younger students. That helped put her on the path to eventually becoming a teacher.

She also had her Aunt Velma, a teacher, as a role model, she said.

Her family moved to Durant, home of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, which was primarily a teacher's college at the time, which made it easier for her to go there for her higher education, and she majored in elementary education.

Her husband, Don Sullivan, who later became vice president of Cameron University, graduated from Oklahoma State University and joined the Army. Soon the young couple was traveling all over the world.

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