Jon Hazell, a science teacher at Durant High School, was named Oklahoma’s 2017 Teacher of the Year at a ceremony today at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Program is coordinated through the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joy Hofmeister. The program is in conjunction with the National Teacher of the Year Program sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the ING Foundation.
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 is eligible for nomination. It is important that every teacher is given the opportunity to participate in this recognition process. No minimum years of teaching experience are 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.
The state selection committee will follow procedures identified below for each of the twelve finalists to select the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year:
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.
|--||--||1984||Gwen Pasby, Elk City|
|2016||Shawn Sheehan||1983||Nancy O’Donnell, Perry|
|2015||Jason Scott Proctor||1982||Kathlyn Reynolds, Putnam City|
|2014||Peter Markes, Edmond||1981||Alice Gregg, Okay|
|2013||Elaine Hutchison, Fairview||1980||Sherry Morgan, Sand Springs|
|2012||Kristin Shelby, Hollis||1979||Frances Herron, Altus|
|2011||Elizabeth Smith, Byng||1978||Pat Kellogg Roller, Ada|
|2010||Brian Grimm, Tulsa||1977||June Richardson, Duncan|
|2009||Heather Sparks, Oklahoma City||1976||Wilda Walker, Enid|
|2008||Stephanie Canada, Shawnee||1975||Maralene Wesner, Idabel|
|2007||Linda-Hasler Reid, Muskogee||1974||Valerie Carolina, Wewoka|
|2006||Robyn Hilger, Oklahoma City||1973||Frankie Minton, Lindsay|
|2005||Susan Illgen, Grove||1972||Vernice Ware, Bartlesville|
|2004||Cindy Ball, Muskogee||1971||Albert Clark, Enid|
|2003||James Kerr, Union||1970||Ruby Browning, Grove|
|2002||Mike Bynum, Sand Springs||1969||Trudy McFarland, Stillwater|
|2001||Talita DeNegri, Oklahoma City||1968||Edward Hennessee, Lawton|
|2000||Mitsuye Conover, Bartlesville||1967||Evelyn Findley Williamson, Oklahoma City|
|1999||Lynn Peacher, Jenks||1966||Helen Cosgrove, Norman|
|1998||Kay Long, Broken Arrow||1965||Sam Evans, Oklahoma College for Women|
|1997||George Abshire, Jenks||1964||Lawana Trout, Sand Springs|
|1996||Stephen Smallwood, Broken Bow||1963||Bona Gordey, Tulsa|
|1995||Linda Kay Webb, Broken Arrow||1962||Flossie Beckett, Lindsay|
|1994||Mary Jane Bassett, Woodward||1961||James Jenkins, Oklahoma City|
|1993||Betsy Mabry, Enid||1960||Mary Gillentine, Ron School|
|1992||Rhonda Harryman, Edmond||1959||Edna Donley, Alva|
|1991||Marilyn King, Stillwater||1958||Helen White, Duncan|
|1990||Eugene Earsom, Moore||1957||A.B. Herring, Prague|
|1989||Mike Adkins, Moore||1956||Mary Lawrence, Claremore|
|1988||Dale Long, Oologah-Talala||1955||Ethel Briggs, Barnsdall|
|1987||Geraldine Burns, Fairview|
|1986||Jane Kennedy, Yukon|
|1985||Barbara Smith, Miami|
Oklahoma State Department of Education