Teacher of the Year - 2018 Finalists


All finalists are teachers of the year for their districts and were selected after their application packets were reviewed by a panel that included educators, members of the business community, legislators and nonprofit partners.

The 2018 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year will be revealed Sept. 19 in a ceremony at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

Twelve Finalists

Jill Andrews

“By encouraging, motivating and engaging my students in real-world experiences, I am able to make my classroom an enriching and meaningful place for students – a safe place to make mistakes and learn from them.”

Jill Andrews teaches high school English at Claremore High School in Claremore Public Schools. She has been an educator for 19 years and has held her current position for 12 years.

Neeli Boyd

“My expectations are high for all of my students both academically and behaviorally. They know I demand their best because I give them mine.”

Neeli Boyd teaches first grade at Wiley Post Elementary School in Putnam City Schools. She has been an educator for eight years and has held her current position for two years.

 

Sarah Carter

“My desire to encourage teachers to open their classrooms is somewhat selfish; I aim to learn as much as possible from others so that I might become the best teacher possible for my students.”

Sarah Carter teaches mathematics at Drumright High School in Drumright Public Schools. She has been an educator for five years and has held her current position for five years.

Rob Davis

“Knowing that my students need more than history, I embrace the responsibility put on my shoulders as a mentor, nurturer, counselor and friend. Creating trust and relationships is my greatest contribution to my students as well as to my colleagues.”

Rob Davis teaches history at Yukon High School in Yukon Public Schools. He has been an educator for 15 years and has held his current position for three years.

Betty Deen

“Decision making, creative thinking and collaborative processing are now building blocks of their learning.”

Betty Deen teaches English at Oologah Middle School in Oologah-Talala Public Schools. She has been an educator for 24 years and has held her current position for 19 years.

Donna Gradel

“A teacher is not only an integral part of the educational community but can be a powerful model of good citizenship throughout his or her local and extended communities.”

Donna Gradel teaches science at Broken Arrow High School in Broken Arrow Public Schools. She has been an educator for 29 years and has held her current position for 21 years.

Chad Harper

“Education awakens the mind, body and soul in a very meaningful, lasting way.”

Chad Harper teaches STEM at Mustang High School in Mustang Public Schools. He has been an educator for 18 years and has held his current position for 18 years.

Janet Johnson

“The classroom is not a place where the teacher is the center of attention – the classroom must revolve around what is best for students.”

Janet Johnson teaches science at Clyde Boyd Middle School in Sand Springs Schools. She has been an educator for 19 years and has held her current position for 16 years.

Dionne Liebl

“Teaching, guiding and mentoring a young person is an honor.”

Dionne Liebl teaches English at Deer Creek High School in Deer Creek Schools. She has been an educator for 17 years and has held her current position for five years.

Shala Marshall

“Teachers build the framework and base of the pyramid upon which our democracy rests; they are members of a profession that makes all other professions possible.”

Shala Marshall teaches Spanish at Jenks High School in Jenks Public Schools. She has been an educator for 16 years and has held her current position for four years.

Christine Mueller

“Great and truly effective teachers look not only at the product but also the process.”

Christine Mueller teaches band at Moore Central Junior High School in Moore Public Schools. She has been an educator for 23 years and has held her current position for 18 years.

Laura Smith

“Teachers are more than educators – they inspire and guide. They teach students immeasurably more lessons than what can be found in a book.”

Laura Smith teaches band and music at Byng Elementary, Byng Junior High and Byng High School in Byng Public Schools. She has been an educator for 15 years and has held her current position for nine years.



Rising Stars

Colby McGee

Colby McGee teaches agriculture at Allen Public Schools. He has been an educator for two years and has held his current position for two years.

Haley Price

Haley Price teaches English at Newcastle High School in Newcastle Public Schools. She has been an educator for four years and has held her current position for four years.

Jessi Ross

Jessi Ross teaches second grade at Mooreland Elementary School in Mooreland Public Schools. She has been an educator for seven years and has held her current position for five years.

Madison Wingate

Madison Wingate teaches pre-kindergarten at Pierce Elementary School in Oklahoma City Public Schools. She has been an educator for four years and has held her current position for four years.

 

Last updated on July 10, 2017