KTC Talihina Program Spotlight - EAST

October 15, 2018 - For Immediate Release

EAST Spotlight Group

PHOTO:  Joshua Bullock, Jade Fairless and Raelyn Herell  

EAST (Education Accelerated by Service and Technology) students are busy working on projects for the community. They recently used their Photoshop and Graphtec skills to support the Honobia Bigfoot Organization by designing and producing the promotional materials for the Honobia Bigfoot Festival. The materials produced included posters, flyers, program handouts, and directional signs. They have provided graphic design services for several local businesses as well.

EAST transforms schools and communities by empowering people with technology, by encouraging critical thinking and creative problem-solving, and by engaging them in positive, real-world experiences.  Provided with an array of cutting-edge technologies, students in EAST choose which technologies they’d like to use and work together to apply those in solving community problems. EAST advocates lifelong learning and community service. Through EAST, participants become positive agents of change to improve the world around them.

The EAST facilitator is Peggy Faulkner. Mrs. Faulkner has been employed with the KTC Talihina campus since August 2017. She has a Bachelor and Master of Education from the University of Oklahoma and is Nationally Board Certified in English/Language Arts. When asked why she wanted to be an instructor at KTC Talihina, she replied, “After 32 years of teaching in K-12 schools, I am thankful for the opportunity to move to the EAST Program at KTC- Talihina. EAST provides hands-on experiences for high school students to solve real-world problems for real-life clients bringing a new dimension to their education. I am excited to be a part of that.” In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

The EAST teaching assistant is Clay King. Mr. King has been employed at KTC Talihina since October 2014. Mr. King graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. He also received his Associates of Arts degree from CASC in Poteau.  When asked why he wanted to work at KTC Talihina, he replied, “I enjoy working with young people and it is important to me to help them set goals for the future and to teach them the skills they need to achieve those goals. It’s a good feeling to hear the success stories of my students and know I helped them make a difference in their lives.” In his spare time, he enjoys camping, hiking and attending concerts.

 If you would like more information about a student you know that would be interested in attending the EAST program at KTC Talihina, contact us at 918-567-2264.