Oklahoma 2015 Teacher of the Year finalists named


OKLAHOMA CITY (July 16, 2014) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi today revealed the 12 finalists for the title of 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. She made the announcement at the Vision 2020 education conference being held in downtown Oklahoma City.

“Announcing the finalist in the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year competition is one of my favorite things to do,” Superintendent Barresi said. “These teachers bring creativity, skill and passion into their classrooms every day, and their students and colleagues take note. It is uplifting to be able to tell the state about these exceptional educators. I congratulate them, and I’m looking forward to learning more about them in the coming months.”

A panel of Oklahoma educators selected two finalists from each of six regions of the state. Each finalist is a current teacher of the year in his or her school district.

The finalists are:

  • Tonya Lynn Boyle, who teaches fifth grade at H. Cecil Rhoades Elementary School in Broken Arrow Public Schools.
  • Cynthia Brown, who teaches AP English Language and Composition and Humanities at Piedmont High School in Piedmont Public Schools.
  • Roger Clement, who teaches Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry and Chemistry II at Noble High School in Noble Public Schools.
  • Amber L. Elder, who teaches first and second grades at James L. Dennis Elementary School in Putnam City Schools.
  • Adam Forester, who teaches Chemistry, Pre-AP Chemistry, AP Chemistry and Earth Science at Bethany High School in Bethany Public Schools.
  • Monica Hodgden, who teaches Pre-Kindergarten at Woodward Early Childhood Center in Woodward Public Schools.
  • James LeGrand, who teaches AP U.S. History, America in the 1960s and Civil War and Reconstruction at Altus High School in Altus Public Schools.
  • Jennifer Luttmer, who teaches second grade at Liberty Elementary School in Sallisaw Public Schools.
  • Romney Nesbitt, who teaches art at Jenks West Intermediate School in Jenks Public Schools.
  • Jason Scott Proctor, who teaches Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus at Tahlequah High School in Tahlequah Public Schools.
  • Diane Walker, who teaches All-Honors Oklahoma History, World History, Government and Geography at Muskogee High School in Muskogee Public Schools.
  • LeaAnn J. Wyrick, who teaches Geography at McCall Middle School in Atoka Public Schools.

An independent panel of fellow educators and civic leaders will select the 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year from these 12 finalists. The ceremony will be held in the fall. For more information about each finalist, visit: http://www.ok.gov/sde/oklahoma-teacher-year.

 

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Last updated on July 16, 2014