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OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro teacher who is running for state office is one of more than 200 teachers being laid off by the Oklahoma City school district.

Mickey Dollens is losing his job as a freshman English teacher at U.S. Grant High School.

He’s using it as a real life lesson for his students.

“Sometimes life throws at us situations that we can’t always control.  But what can we control?” Dollens asked his students in class Thursday afternoon.

“Ourselves,” his class replied.

“Right, how we act,” said Dollens.

“The situation is very tough but it’s also given  me an opportunity to set a good example for my students,” he said.

Last week, Dollens found out he was one of 208 Oklahoma City teachers being laid off.

Instead of being defeated, he’s using it as fuel for his other career ambition.

“I’m more motivated than ever now to make it to where they don’t have to go through what I’m going through when they become teachers,” said Dollens.

Dollens is running for state representative District 93.

Ironically, he’s fallen victim to one of our state’s hot button political issues right now – education funding.

His students are taking notice.

“I want to be a teacher.  And like he inspires me to keep going no matter what.  Like he’s losing his job, but he doesn’t give up and that’s what I want to do,” said Karen Rodriguez.

Dollens says he plans to finish out the year strong.

“We’re going to continue working hard.  We’re going to come in here with a good attitude.  And I believe it’s on me to lead by example,” said Dollens.

Dollens says he plans to search for another teaching job and that he plans to work right up until he takes the oath of office, if he is indeed elected.

So far, Dollens has one opponent.

He’ll be facing Larenda Morgan in the primaries in June.