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Oklahoma City Teacher Invited to First Lady's Box for State of the Union Speech

by Chris Casteel Published: February 11, 2013

Susan Bumgarner, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Wilson Arts Integration Elementary School in Oklahoma City, has been invited to sit in first lady Michelle Obama’s box for the State of the Union speech on Tuesday.
Bumgarner, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, has written curriculum, trained Head Start teachers, taught infants and toddlers and prepared parents in Early Birds readiness classes.
She has been teaching at Wilson Arts Integration since 1992.
The first lady’s box will include middle-class Americans representing the policy proposals the president is expected to outline in his speech, according to the White House.
In November, Bumgarner was named a finalist for the 2013 Oklahoma City Public Schools Teacher of the Year award.
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett was a guest in the first lady’s box in 2010 because of his work to fight obesity.

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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