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American Fidelity Helps Recognize Top Teachers

September 17, 2014 02:26 AM
Jason Proctor Many of American Fidelity’s Customers are educators, so we’re always excited when we get the opportunity to recognize some of the top talents in the profession. That was the case yesterday when the Oklahoma State Department of Education named the 2015 Teacher of the Year. Tahlequah High School math teacher Jason Proctor earned top honors. In his acceptance, he praised the other 11 finalists, and said he wasn’t sure how the committee selected any of them over another. They could have drawn names from a hat and any of the finalists would have been deserving of the honor. Proctor credited relationships throughout his life for helping him become a better teacher. “Years ago I learned that the results I witnessed from students directly correlated to the relationships I built with those students,” he said. “Developing a foundation of trust and genuine concern has been my goal with any and all students who are open.” Finalists represented all corners of the state and every age of student, from pre-kindergarten to high school senior. Other finalists are:
  • Tonya Lynn Boyle, fifth-grade teacher from H. Cecil Rhoades Elementary in the Broken Arrow Public Schools
  • Cynthia Brown, English and humanities teacher from Piedmont High School
  • Roger Clement, science teacher from Noble High School
  • Amber L. Elder, first- and second-grade teacher at James L. Dennis Elementary in Putnam City Schools
  • Adam Forester, science teacher for Bethany High School
  • Monica Hodgden, pre-kindergarten teacher at Woodward Early Childhood Center
  • James LeGrand, history teacher at Altus High School
  • Jennifer Luttmer, second-grade teacher at Liberty Elementary in the Sallisaw Public Schools
  • Romney Nesbitt, art teacher for Jenks West Intermediate School
  • Diane Walker, history and government teacher for Muskogee High School
  • LeaAnn J. Wyrick, geography teacher for McCall Middle School in Atoka
Proctor will follow in the footsteps of 2014 Teacher of the Year Peter Markes of Edmond Public Schools. The high school orchestra teacher posted blogs about his experiences throughout the year, and his final entry was posted on Monday.

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