Many of the outstanding USAO professors I had the opportunity to study under were instrumental in my development as an educator.
Tracy Goyne came to USAO immediately after graduating from Alex High School in 1989, initially because it was nearby and he received a scholarship.
“I feel although USAO was the natural choice because of geography and availability, I benefited immensely because of the expert professors and well-rounded, diverse education I received.”
Once he graduated in 1995, Tracy then continued his educational path by receiving a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. He says he knew without a doubt after graduating USAO he wanted to help others learn through the art of teaching. And he had a knack for it.
“I loved being an instructor at Canadian Valley Technology Center for so many years,” Tracy said. “Seeing the twinkle in a student’s eye when he or she finally ‘got’ something I was explaining has been the only reward I’ve needed to stay in education.”
Tracy has been with CVTC in Chickasha for nearly 20 years. He started in 1995 when he was hired as a math instructor. Since then, he has worked as an applied physics instructor; math instructor; adult and continuing education coordinator; student services director; and currently serves as the campus director. During his time as an instructor, he was named “Teacher of the Year” twice.
“My students mean a lot to me, so to be awarded as Teacher of the Year not once but twice, has been such an honor,” he said. “And although my students throughout the years have grown up and moved on, I try to keep in touch with many of them. They’re like family to me.”
Tracy said that he owes his success in his career as an educator a lot to the professors at USAO, especially Dr. Nancy Warden who taught him what it means to be a teacher.
“She had such an effect on me while I was at USAO,” he said. “She’s truly the ‘real deal’ when it comes to shaping young adults’ futures.”
Not only has Tracy worked his way up at CVTC throughout the years, he has stayed heavily involved in the community as well, and worked as an adjunct instructor at USAO early in his career.
He currently serves on Chickasha’s Economic Development Council Board of Directors and is a graduate of Leadership Chickasha and TechCAP CareerTech administrators training.
“I enjoy being involved in the community’s growth and development,” he said. “I think it is important to give back to a community that has given me so much.”