One Final Thank You

Thank you for such a thrilling ride! It’s hard to believe it’s over. The past year has been one of the most rewarding, challenging and exciting years of my life. Meeting thousands of educators across the state was invigorating and astonishing. One of our greatest resources in the state is our teachers. The importance and impact of our vocation has become more obvious to me through my participation in the state and national Teacher of the Year programs. I am prouder today than at any other time in my career to be a teacher.

Working with Superintendent Hofmeister and her amazing staff at the OSDE allowed me a front-row seat to experience their tremendous professionalism and genuine compassion for the students and teachers of Oklahoma. I have the utmost respect and gratitude for everyone at the OSDE. Thank you for all you do for Oklahoma educators and for making my journey so special.

As I begin my new year at Broken Arrow High School, I will be thinking of all my colleagues around the state who are preparing to provide the BEST possible environment and educational experience for the students of Oklahoma. I wish the best to my successor, Becky Oglesby. You’re going to LOVE her!
Have a great year!

Donna Gradel
2018 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

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Last updated on August 21, 2019