Search for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year broadened


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Carrie Burkhart
Director of Communications
(405) 521-3371, c: (405) 760-7881
carrie.burkhart@sde.ok.gov

Erin Corbin
Communications Specialist
(405) 521-3375
erin.corbin@sde.ok.gov

Annette Price
Communications Specialist
(405) 521-6647
annette.price@sde.ok.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Search for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year broadened

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 9, 2021) – The Oklahoma State Department of Education announced today that its expanding the eligibility for the state’s next teacher of the year recognitionApplications are now open for the 2022 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, and one teacher of the year winner from every school site will be allowed to apply for the prestigious award. Previously, the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year was selected from a limited pool of district teachers of the year. 

The change is meant to elicit a broader representation of teachers from across the state and to ensure every exceptional Oklahoma educator is eligible for recognition, especially in districts that do not select a district-level teacher of the year.   

School principals and district superintendents are encouraged to honor classroom teachers at the local level by providing them with the opportunity to participate. Nominees should be exceptionally skillful and dedicated classroom teachers who demonstrate creative and effective teaching with students of all backgrounds and abilities. 

The Oklahoma Teacher of the Year serves as the state’s ambassador of teaching, sharing knowledge and resources with fellow educators around Oklahoma while encouraging education as a profession. The next Teacher of the Year will be named in March 2022. 

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Last updated on June 9, 2021