High School Football Coach & Athletic Director | Seminole High School
3rd Grade Teacher | Orvis Risner Elementary School
“Mrs. Metz is a teacher that loves each and every student and will go above and beyond for every one of her students. She helps them to focus on their strengths to achieve greatness. I trust her with my kids.” writes one parent of two children who both thoroughly enjoyed their time in her classroom. Another parent went on to say “She helped my son fall in love with learning and achieve greatness. Mrs. Metz has been such a blessing to my family and we hope she can touch more student's hearts, like she ours.”
Concert & Symphony | Putnam City Original High School
Mr. Waddell’s students are clearly big fans! Their nominations included statements such as “He (Mr. Waddell) is by far the hardest working, most caring, and compassionate teacher I have ever had!” “Every day he shows me something new about his character, and it is always something admirable.” “Mr. Waddell is more than just a teacher: he's a friend, counselor, and an amazing role model.” In addition to a full teaching schedule, Mr. Waddell provides affordable after-school lessons and a listening ear to any student asking for advice or help. His students say he’s rarely ever recognized for all the work he puts in, but they are hopeful their nominations help him receive the recognition he deserves.
Pre-k Teacher | Guthrie Public Schools - Golden Age Intergenerational Pre-k
Ms. Gillett started Guthrie’s first intergenerational school which combines a school full of sweet loving children with the nursing home. The interaction between the residents and the children benefits both groups! “Rhonda Gillett is not only a teacher she is a joy giver and anyone who sees her in action witnesses how she truly cares for these children” according to one nomination. “Not only is she teaching our children educational things but she is also teaching them unconditional love”. She is truly remarkable and deserves a little recognition!
Art Teacher | Putnam City West High School
“The world would be a better place to live if every student had a teacher like Mrs. Taulman” according to one of her students. A parent of another student commented that Mrs. Taulman is always helping someone whether it’s feeding a hungry student her own lunch, providing an ear to listen, replacing things that students destroy with her own money, or intervening to stop a bully. She doesn't just teach art, she teaches compassion and caring.
Pre-K Teacher | Capitol Hill Elementary
Ms. Russell is an incredible teacher and worker within her school. Just this year, she has started a reading buddies program and secret pal (a teacher encouragement system), led 5th grade science students in the Design + Do science competition, in addition to coaching cheer, serving as a faculty advisory assistant, along with many other responsibilities. She is constantly prepping work for her students, communicating with families, and going above and beyond to be a leader and trusted friend to her coworkers. Her teaching is hands on, innovate, and engaging. She gives kids experiences that they may never have otherwise.
Music Teacher | Kaiser Elementary
“Ms. Bratcher is a wonderful music teacher!” according to many Kaiser Kangaroos who wrote in to nominate their music teacher whom has provided inspiration to students at the school for over 30 years. Ms. Bratcher’s students are regularly found performing in local malls and churches around Christmas, and often times the uniforms they are wearing are a direct result of Ms. Bratcher personal financial commitment to their success. Recently, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and is undergoing radiation therapy and chemotherapy although her smiling face can be found in her classroom nearly every day. Praying for a speedy and full recovery for you Ms. Bratcher!
PE Teacher | Earl Harris Elementary
Bethany Earl Harris Elementary, Physical Education Teachers Mrs. Wright is a model teacher who is dedicated to the health and wellness of the students and faculty at Bethany Earl Harris Elementary. In addition to starting a running club, she manages events such as “Super Kids Day” and “Running Through the Roadblocks 5K” which is a fundraiser for the Go Mitch Go Foundation which was established in honor of a former student of the school. Mrs. Wright is always trying to find new and creative ways to encourage everyone at the school to live healthier lifestyles including exercise and conscience eating habits. She is also a creative fundraiser who is always looking for new ways to fund her programs and purchase additional equipment for the students.
Art Teacher | Classen School of Advanced Studies
Despite not having a classroom, Mr. Delucia is always a positive influence and greets everyone with a smile. As an art teacher, he is forced to push a cart around the school carrying his arts supplies, moving from classroom to classroom, often times not having access to water. Yet he is patient and kind with the kids, always encouraging them. He could use a much nicer cart and some cabinetry for storage.
English Teacher | Strother High School
Mrs. Gray is a teacher known for giving students the passion to pursue a degree in English by making it so understandable, fun, and worthwhile. Despite being a paraplegic since her early 20’s, she is an encouragement and inspiration to many, many students
Oklahoma History Teacher & Coach | Seminole High School
Coach Stanfill is an alumni who returned to help teach and coach students in his hometown. He is known as selfless, humble, and meets students where they are. He also serves our country through his 18 years of service in the National Guard.
Math Teacher & Coach | Star Spencer High School
Coach West is a former Star Spencer football player and alumni, collegiate football player, and collegiate football coach who returned to his home town to help educate and coach kids. Nominations focused on his high level of personal character, his respective for others, and he compassion. Several commented that he was instrumental in establishing a food program to help feed his football students in the afternoons, many of which lack access to food in the evenings due to limited resources or poor living conditions.
Destiny Christian School | Specialty Learning Lab
30+ years of teaching and a SHINING example of a true teacher’s heart.
Kingsgate Elementary | Moore Public Schools
Ms. Baxter goes above and beyond to help the families of her special needs students, day or night.
Edmond Santa Fe High School | 9-12th grade Spanish teacher
Ms. Fitch makes learning Spanish fun and her passion about it is infectious! She is a single Mom of two girls who works a second job to ensure her daughters are provided opportunities and experiences which are important to their personal development.
Northridge Elementary | Putnam City School District | 4th grade teacher, all subjects
Ms. Brothers is a great role model and leader who volunteers for EVERYTHING at the school.
Kingsgate Elementary | Moore Public Schools
She inspires kids to read, create, build and imagine despite her struggles while undergoing chemotherapy treatments in her fight against breast cancer. This donation will go towards STEM materials for the school library.
Oklahoma Centennial Mid-High School | Dance Instructor
Teaches dance with very limited equipment and or budget. Ms. Conwell spends her personal time and own money on shoes and costumes for her students.
Guthrie Middle School| Science Teacher
Very passionate about teaching and making science fun!
Carl Albert High School | Director of Bands
In a short four years, he has taken the band from nearly non-existent to competing locally and nationally!
Prague Middle School | 6th Grade English Teacher
Spent her own money to start an Art Club for students which meets after school because the district was forced to cut Arts from the curriculum due to budget cuts.
James Griffith Intermediate School, Choctaw, OK | 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Teacher
Specializes in teaching Autistic children.