Kristin Shelby, a fourth-grade teacher at Sallie Gillentine Elementary School in Hollis Public Schools, was named the 2012 Teacher of the Year by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi during a ceremony Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Fair.
Shelby is a National Board Certified Teacher with 16 years of classroom experience. She has been in her current position three years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Oklahoma State University.
Six state regional committees composed of teachers and parents each selected two of the 12 finalists. A state committee composed of education, business and civic leaders chose the winner. The state-level competition included individual and group interviews, a written portfolio, and personal videos showcasing each finalist’s teaching strategies.
Shelby received more than $50,000 in cash and prizes from numerous contributors, including $5,000 from the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma; the use of a Ford vehicle for a year from the John Vance Auto Group; products, software and professional development from SMART Technologies; a laptop computer from Oklahoma Schools Insurance Group; $1,000, a $2,500 tuition credit and a $500 credit toward a classroom makeover from American Fidelity Assurance Company; numerous scholarships and tuition waivers from many of the state’s universities; among many others.
She will serve as Oklahoma's "Ambassador of Teaching,” presenting to teachers and civic groups throughout the state for one year.