PC North's Derek Lane - Leadership Spotlight Presented By Southern Nazarene University
Derek Lane is a teacher at Putnam City North in the Physical Education department where he teaches Fit/Well and Adapted P.E. He keeps a busy schedule as he is also the offensive coordinator and track coach at PC North as well as the sprint and hurdles coach at Southern Nazarene University.
Lane is a graduate of Putnam City West High School, class of 1999, where he played football and was All-State in track and field. His career choices came naturally to him after having great experiences in athletics and in the classroom.
"P.E. is a subject I’ve loved my whole life. I was blessed with amazing teachers from Mr. Goodwin at Western Oaks Elementary to Stephane Shellenberger, my college professor and advisor at SNU," said Lane. "I have also had some great coaches along the way that have helped mold me into the person I am today. Dennis Millican, my coach at Putnam City West, and Paul McGrady, my college coach, both have had a major influence in me going into education." Lane's goal is to help students, and as any educator can attest, it is a rewarding task.
"What I enjoy about working with students is the sense of accomplishment when a student or athlete achieves something they didn’t think was possible," he said.
Lane has considered furthering his own education for some time, but would talk himself out of it thinking he wouldn't have time. SNU's Leadership Program made him rethink that.
"I realized I’m never going to have the time I just have to do it," he said. "After several talks and encouragement from my wife I decided to go to the orientation night to get more information about the program. After sitting in and seeing how they structure the classes it gave me confidence that I could handle the workload on top of my other responsibilities."
"I would definitely recommend this program to any teacher or coach," Lane continued. "Each class is broken down into sixweek modules so you can really focus on one class at a time. Dr. Case, the program director, is very transparent and intentional in her mission in making an impact in Oklahoma schools."
Lane has seen firsthand some of Oklahoma's brightest, and is confident in the future.
"One of the most valuable things I think I’ve learned so far [through SNU] is how good the teachers are that we have in our state," he said. "I’m impressed everyday with their ideas and truly believe we’re going to have some great leaders come out of this class."