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Local educator-SE grad authors children’s book

Beth Bean reads to a class of students in Durant.

DURANT, Okla. – Two Southeastern Oklahoma State University graduates have teamed up to write and illustrate a children’s book.

The author is Beth Bean, a Broken Bow native who graduated from Southeastern in 2006 with an Elementary Education degree and later a master’s in Educational Administration. She has been in public education for 13 years, and currently serves as Director of Elementary Education for Durant Public Schools.

The illustrator — Jeremy Lytle of Atoka  – earned a biology degree at Southeastern in 2016.

Titled The Stinky Thinky Tale, the book follows the story of Petunia Skunk, who has a hopelessly out of control tail.  Through the help of Mrs. Whooo, her loveable, intelligent classroom teacher, Petunia Skunk learns about her brain and how she does possess the ability to take control of her tail.  The book is the first in the Brain Buddy Adventures series.

“Social/emotional learning is a huge buzzword right now in the child development field, but many educators and parents do not have resources to introduce best practices in the classroom or at home,’’ Bean said. “It is the goal of this series to help bridge the gap between academic research and real life application.’’

Bean hopes that through the magic of a book, children will internalize the social/emotional learning tenets of self-awareness and self-management and that the book will become a tool for teachers in the classroom and parents at home.

“It was really important in the design of the book to make the text and illustrations accessible and engaging to students and adults,’’ she said. “The book also offers, through its website —  — a free teaching guide to educators or parents to give ideas for extension activities after reading the book.’’

The Stinky Thinky Tale is available on Amazon in a paperback print edition.

Colorado Literacy Director, Southeastern graduate Alisa Dorman to address Fall graduates on Dec. 12

Alisa Dorman

Alisa Dorman

DURANT, Okla. – Alisa (Frank) Dorman, Executive Director, Office of Literacy for the Colorado Department of Education, will be the speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall Commencement.

Two ceremonies will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.



The two ceremonies will be held as follows:

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • School of Education & Behavioral Sciences
  • John Massey School of Business
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science (Aerospace Administration and Logistics)
  • Master of Arts (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Arts (Teaching)
  • Master of Science (Sports Studies and Athletic Administration)
  • Master of Science (Native American Leadership)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • Master of Technology
  • Master of Science (Safety)
  • Master of Music Education

Dorman holds three degrees from Southeastern — a Master of Education in School Counseling (’95), a Master of Elementary Education in Reading (’95), and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (’90). She is a graduate of Bokchito High School.

“We are delighted that Alisa is returning to Southeastern as our commencement speaker this fall,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “It’s very meaningful for our graduates to hear from someone who has been where they have been, so to speak. And for Alisa to be a product of Southeastern’s teacher education program makes it even more special.  I think we all look forward to hearing her success story and the role that the University may have played in her impressive career.’’

Upon graduation, Dorman  began her education career as an elementary teacher in Texas and later in Oklahoma.   In 1997, she  was named Teacher of the Year for Durant Public Schools and was later named runner-up in the State Teacher of the Year program.

She left the classroom to join the Oklahoma Department of Education in 1998 as an early childhood and family education specialist.  In 2002, Dorman  became Director and Team Lead for Reading First, a federal reading initiative.

Dorman  spent nine years at the Oklahoma Department of Education before moving into education research and development.

She joined  Oregon-based Dynamic Measurement Group (DMG), where she worked as the Liaison to Partners, as well as Director of Training Events and Institutes. While at DMG, Dorman  served as a member of the Executive Team, as well as the Research and Development Team.  She contributed to the development of multiple literacy assessment tools and professional development materials for educators.

In her current position, which she has held since September 2014, Dorman oversees the Office of Literacy at the Colorado Department of Education. Part of her duties include leading  the state’s early reading initiative, along with several special projects related to early learning.  She is a member of the Education Commissioner’s Cabinet and co-leads the implementation of the department’s strategic plan.

Dorman  has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Oklahoma Child Care Resource and Referral Association Board, the State Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Committee, the Durant Education Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Durant. She is currently serving as a Commissioner on Governor John Hickenlooper’s SERVE Colorado Board, and on the Planning Committee for the Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia’s Literacy Week Tour.

Dorman resides in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, with her husband, Chris.  They have two children, Riley and Emma.

She is the daughter of John and Mary Frank of Durant.