Oklahoma Teacher of the Year


Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Program

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.

Application and Selection Timeline Changes

The application for 2023 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year is now available! Click the button below to download the Application Packet and Program Guide for more information on how to apply.

2023 Application Packet

The 2023 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year will be announced in March 2023 and the newly selected Oklahoma Teacher of the Year will travel Oklahoma as an ambassador for teachers during the 2023-2024 school year.

Please contact us with any questions.
Phone: (405) 522-8767
Email: teacheroftheyear@sde.ok.gov

                                                 

Teacher of the Year Request to Speak

Teacher of the Year Ceremony Photos

                         

 

2022 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

Rebecka Peterson


 

Rebecka Peterson is a mathematics teacher from Union Public Schools, teaching pre-calculus/trigonometry and Advanced Placement Calculus to grades 10-12 at Union High School. Peterson was recently named one of six state-level finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). PAEMST is the highest recognition a K-12 mathematics or science teacher may receive in the United States. Peterson has been teaching for 13 years and has spent the last 10 years at Union High School. Peterson, who describes teaching as her dream job, helps administer the blog “One Good Thing,” in which she posts positive results from her classroom every day. She has contributed more than 1,000 posts to the blog, inspiring her students to reflect on hope and positivity in their own journals. 


Congratulations, Rebecka!

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Topics

 

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Program

 2022 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Announcement

 

General Qualifications

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.

 

Selection Process

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.

Local District Selection Process

The local school district determines the local selection process and announces the local Teacher of the Year.

Regional Selection Committee

The regional selection committee will evaluate the applications that have been submitted by local Teachers of the Year and select twelve finalists to continue on to the State Selection Committee.

State Selection Committee

The state selection committee will follow procedures identified below for each of the twelve finalists to select the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.

  • Conduct an interview
  • View a digital video file of classroom teaching. Finalists will partner with the OSDE videographer to create a short video that will document highlights of their classroom instructional methods.
  • Recommend the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year to the State Superintendent

 

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Recognition

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.

 

Edward C. Joullian III Scholarship

The $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a high school senior in the current Oklahoma Teacher of the Year’s district.

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.

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Last updated on July 5, 2022