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UCO Alumna Named DaVinci Scholar

A young student looks up and to the right, to her teacher, Megan Byrum.

May 10, 2017

Media Contact: Lorene Roberson, Communications Coordinator, UCO College of Education and Professional Studies, 405-974-5408, lroberson1@uco.edu

UCO Alumna Named DaVinci Scholar 

The DaVinci Institute recently named a University of Central Oklahoma alumna as one of its 2017 DaVinci Scholars. Megan Byrum, a first-year teacher at Santa Fe South Early Childhood Center in Oklahoma City, was recognized for a project that would involve students in community service.

Byrum received $1,000 for creating an in-depth proposal that would encourage fifth graders to help their neighborhood animal shelter during winter months.

James Machell, Ph.D., dean of Central’s College of Education and Professional Studies, said Byrum is one of many UCO alumni who are serving Oklahoma City’s underserved school populations.

“Ms. Byrum is an excellent example of one of our UCO alumni who goes out into the metro and strives to affect positive change,” Machell said.

“Her work at Santa Fe, a Title 1 school, is truly making a difference. We are thrilled that Ms. Byrum has been named a DaVinci Scholar.”

Byrum, a native of Glenpool, Oklahoma, earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2016.

The DaVinci Institute recognizes the contribution and potential of higher education faculty members, promising pre-service teachers and in-service teachers.

For a complete list of this year’s honorees, visit davinciok.org.

To learn more about UCO’s College of Education and Professional Studies, visit www.uco.edu/ceps.

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Cutline: University of Central Oklahoma alumna Megan Byrum, a first-year teacher at Santa Fe South Early Childhood Center in Oklahoma City, helps a student with a project. Byrum recently was named a DaVinci Scholar.