"Years ago I learned that the results I witnessed from students directly correlated to the relationships I built with those students. The more I invested in the individual the further we go. Developing a foundation of trust and genuine concern has been my goal with any and all students who are open."
The Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Program is coordinated through the office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Janet Barresi. The program is in conjunction with the National Teacher of the Year Program sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers, the ING Foundation, and Target.
The Oklahoma State Fair Board established the Edward C. Joullian III $5,000 Scholarship to be awarded to a high school senior in the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year’s school district. The scholarship winner is announced at the Oklahoma State Fair. This scholarship was established to encourage students to continue their education, recognize the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year’s school district, and celebrate the contributions of Mr. Joullian to the lives of Oklahoma’s young people.
All Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 classroom teachers in state-accredited schools are eligible for nomination. It is important that every teacher be given the opportunity to participate in this recognition process. No minimum years of teaching experience is required to be qualified for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.
Nominees should be exceptionally skillful and dedicated classroom teachers who are planning to continue in an active teaching status. According to the director of the National Teacher of the Year Program, a classroom teacher is one who teaches a group of students every day within the confines of the classroom and does not have administrative duties. Nominees should communicate effectively and demonstrate creative and imaginative teaching on a day-to-day basis. The nominee should have the ability to inspire the value of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities and assure academic success. Nominations should be made without regard to age, sex, race, or religion.
At the local district level, the Teacher of the Year program is coordinated through the district superintendent. It is the responsibility of the district superintendent to make sure that every teacher is given the opportunity to participate in the recognition process. It is important to emphasize that the search is not for “the best teacher,” but for one who exemplifies the finest in the profession.
The local school district determines the local selection process and announces the local Teacher of the Year.
There are six regional committees that meet in June to review all portfolios received and to select twelve finalists, two from each region. A list of counties by region is below. The twelve finalists are announced in July.
The state selection committee will follow procedures identified below for each of the twelve finalists in order to select the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year:
In September, the State Superintendent announces the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year who will serve as the Oklahoma Ambassador of Teaching.
The State Superintendent presents the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year to the State Board of Education in September.
In November, the State Superintendent nominates the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year to the Council of Chief State School Officers National Teacher of the Year Program.
The Oklahoma Teacher of the Year serves as Oklahoma Ambassador of Teaching, representing Oklahoma in the national competition by sharing knowledge and resources with fellow educators around the state and encouraging education as a profession.
The $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a high school senior in the current Oklahoma Teacher of the Year’s district.
|Region I||Region II||Region III||Region IV||Region V||Region VI|
|August 28, 2014||State Selection Committee meeting
Twelve finalists participate in two interviews and one round table panel at the State Capitol for selection of Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.
|September 16, 2014||Recognition Ceremony-State Fair-Oklahoma City
All nominees recognized.
Oklahoma Teacher of the Year announced.
|September 2014 - August 2015||Oklahoma Teacher of the Year serves as Oklahoma Ambassador of Teaching|
|2012||Kristin Shelby, Hollis||1983||Nancy O’Donnell, Perry|
|2011||Elizabeth Smith, Byng||1982||Kathlyn Reynolds, Putnam City|
|2010||Brian Grimm, Tulsa||1981||Alice Gregg, Okay|
|2009||Heather Sparks, Oklahoma City||1980||Sherry Morgan, Sand Springs|
|2008||Stephanie Canada, Shawnee||1979||Frances Herron, Altus|
|2007||Linda-Hasler Reid, Muskogee||1978||Pat Kellogg Roller, Ada|
|2006||Robyn Hilger, Oklahoma City||1977||June Richardson, Duncan|
|2005||Susan Illgen, Grove||1976||Wilda Walker, Enid|
|2004||Cindy Ball, Muskogee||1975||Maralene Wesner, Idabel|
|2003||James Kerr, Union||1974||Valerie Carolina, Wewoka|
|2002||Mike Bynum, Sand Springs||1973||Frankie Minton, Lindsay|
|2001||Talita DeNegri, Oklahoma City||1972||Vernice Ware, Bartlesville|
|2000||Mitsuye Conover, Bartlesville||1971||Albert Clark, Enid|
|1999||Lynn Peacher, Jenks||1970||Ruby Browning, Grove|
|1998||Kay Long, Broken Arrow||1969||Trudy McFarland, Stillwater|
|1997||George Abshire, Jenks||1968||Edward Hennessee, Lawton|
|1996||Stephen Smallwood, Broken Bow||1967||Evelyn Findley Williamson, Oklahoma City|
|1995||Linda Kay Webb, Broken Arrow||1966||Helen Cosgrove, Norman|
|1994||Mary Jane Bassett, Woodward||1965||Sam Evans, Oklahoma College for Women|
|1993||Betsy Mabry, Enid||1964||Lawana Trout, Sand Springs|
|1992||Rhonda Harryman, Edmond||1963||Bona Gordey, Tulsa|
|1991||Marilyn King, Stillwater||1962||Flossie Beckett, Lindsay|
|1990||Eugene Earsom, Moore||1961||James Jenkins, Oklahoma City|
|1989||Mike Adkins, Moore||1960||Mary Gillentine, Ron School|
|1988||Dale Long, Oologah-Talala||1959||Edna Donley, Alva|
|1987||Geraldine Burns, Fairview||1958||Helen White, Duncan|
|1986||Jane Kennedy, Yukon||1957||A.B. Herring, Prague|
|1985||Barbara Smith, Miami||1956||Mary Lawrence, Claremore|
|1984||Gwen Pasby, Elk City||1955||Ethel Briggs, Barnsdall|
Oklahoma State Department of Education