Oct. 3, 2017 -- Moore Norman Technology Center Deputy Superintendent Jeanette Capshaw is one of 50 professional women representing various industries from across the state nominated for The Journal Record's 2017 Woman of the Year Award. The 2017 Woman of the Year will be announced Oct. 26 during the awards gala at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum where Olympic gold medalist and author Shannon Miller will be the keynote speaker.
Capshaw and her husband, Kerry, are the proud parents of 6 children and 6 grandchildren.
A Lawton native, Capshaw’s career in Oklahoma's common and career technical education systems spans decades. She holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in education, a special education degree and her administrator and superintendent certificates from the University of Oklahoma. She started her career as a classroom teacher and later worked as a counselor. She worked with Great Plains Technology Center and Metro Technology Center before joining Moore Norman Technology Center in 2005. At MNTC, Capshaw held several administrator positions prior to her appointment as Deputy Superintendent in 2012.
Capshaw has served on several professional organization boards throughout her career such as local, state and national committees for career and technical education administrative divisions, the Tech Centers That Work statewide leadership team and Project Lead the Way. She has also worked as a member, chairperson, or officer with various CareerTech councils.
Capshaw’s work with civic organizations includes serving as a co-chairperson for Leadership Norman, being a Leadership Moore planning committee member. She is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma. Capshaw was an executive board member of Bridges in Norman and a board member for the Cleveland County YMCA. She was also a participant with Tinker Air Force Base COMMSTAR and served as a mission trip advisor with McFarlin Methodist Church. Capshaw is currently a member with the Moore Public Schools Foundation, a trustee with the Moore Norman Technology Center Foundation and is active with Meals on Wheels, the United Way of Norman and the Norman NEXT Mentor Project.
“I honestly believe that one small act of kindness can change a life forever and just as I received kindness, help and support over my career and life during difficult times, I realized the importance of service to others. I vowed that when I became a school administrator and community leader that I would do all I could to be a positive influence for those around me personally and professionally,” Capshaw said.
That personal commitment has led Capshaw to serving underprivileged women for many years through long-term mentoring and through teaching and assisting women to “use their God-given talents to lead in their families, careers and communities.” Capshaw’s commitment to the idea of servant leadership saw her develop The Winner’s Circle at Metro Tech, which assists students who are at risk of dropping out to find academic and economic success. She also founded the Ascend Program at MNTC, which is a credit recovery and career exploration opportunity for students who might otherwise drop out of high school.
She also co-founded the CareerTech Women in Leadership program to maximize leadership opportunities for women who work in Oklahoma’s career and technical education system.
Capshaw said, “I know how hard it is for many women to balance the demands of their family, financial situation, education and careers; I know this because it was difficult for me…I feel pleased when these women find success and, in turn, give back to their families, communities and those who also face difficulties.”
Capshaw was honored with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award and the 2011 Dave Berryman Scholarship Award for Leadership and Development through the National Council of Local Administrators. She earned the 2011 Outstanding Career & Technical Educator/Administrator award and the 2010 Region IV Outstanding Career & Technical Educator/Administrator of the Year award through the Association of Career and Technical Education. She was also named the 2009 Educator of the Year through the Oklahoma Association of Career & Technical Education, was the recipient of the 2006 Earl Sneed Award through Leadership Norman and earned the 2003 Educators’ Leadership Academy award for Redefining Leadership. She was also selected to represent the U.S. in the Hitachi Education Exchange Program in 1995.
“In my role as deputy superintendent at Moore Norman I’m blessed to serve 240 employees, 1,400 students and over 1,000 businesses. I have a responsibility to instill in others the wisdom I’ve gained in my life, and I’m conscious of the fact that the more people I lead the more responsibility and opportunity I have to serve,” said Capshaw.
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