Teacher of the Year - 2020 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 2019 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year will be revealed Sept. 17 in a ceremony at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

Twelve Finalists

 

bowerman

 

Cara Bowerman teaches visual arts at Edmond North High School in Edmond Public Schools. She has been an educator for six years and has held her current position all six years.

 

carlisle

 

Debbie Carlisle teaches English at Clinton High School in Clinton Public Schools. She has been an educator for 34 years and has held her current position for 30 years.

 

dietzel

 

Kirbey Dietzel teaches fifth-grade math and science at Jenks East Intermediate School in Jenks Public Schools. She has been an educator for eight years and has held her current position for six years.

 

guthridge

 

Terri Guthridge is an English teacher at Grove High School in Grove Public Schools. She has been an educator for 20 years and has held her current position for eight years.

 

hefner

 

Lesa Hefner teaches career readiness at Duncan High School in Duncan Public Schools. She has been an educator for eight years and has held her current position for two years.

 

hoggatt

 

Elizabeth Hoggatt teaches English at Norman High School in Norman Public Schools. She has been an educator for 10 years and has held her current position for all 10 years.

 

lightfoot

 

Patricia Lightfoot teaches sixth-grade reading at Weatherford Middle School in Weatherford Public Schools. She has been an educator for 37 years and has held her current position for 13 years.

 

nelson

 

Jena Nelson teaches English at Deer Creek Middle School in Deer Creek Schools. She has been an educator for 14 years and has held her current position for two years.

 

rahn

 

Michelle Rahn teaches sixth-grade science at Will Rogers Middle School in Claremore Public Schools. She has been an educator for 11 years and has held her current position for three years.

 

rhoden

 

Kari Rhoden teaches Pre-K at Oologah Lower Elementary in Oologah-Talala Public Schools. She has been an educator for 24 years and has held her current position for five years.

 

stauder

 

Cassandra Stauder teaches science at Dewey High School in Dewey Public Schools. She has been an educator for 12 years and has held her current position for one year.

 

thompson

 

Katie Thompson teaches kindergarten at the Shawnee Early Childhood Center in Shawnee Public Schools. She has been an educator for six years and has held her current position for all six years.

 

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Last updated on August 6, 2019