2021 Teacher of the Year finalists announced by Hofmeister
OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 22, 2020) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today announced the 12 finalists for Oklahoma’s next Teacher of the Year.
“These tremendous 12 finalists reflect the best of Oklahoma’s classroom teachers,” said Hofmeister. “Not only do these teachers use innovative instructional strategies, but they also place great emphasis on creating meaningful relationships with students and families. All have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the success of each of their students and are highly deserving of this honor.”
All finalists were named teachers of the year for their respective districts and selected after their application packets were reviewed by a panel of educators, legislators, and members of business and nonprofit organizations.
The 2021 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year will be named in February. Beginning July 1, the honoree will assume full-time Teacher of the Year duties, which include speaking engagements and serving as Oklahoma’s ambassador for teachers, encouraging others to enter or remain in the profession. The 2020 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, Jena Nelson of Deer Creek Public Schools, will continue to tour the state until July.
Valerie Brink, Kindergarten Teacher, Earl Harris Elementary, Bethany Public Schools
“I know that greatness and excellence fill my classroom each and every day and that by preparing the children in my classroom today, I can better impact the world tomorrow.”
Here is a link to the full article on the State Department of Education's website: https://sde.ok.gov/newsblog/2020-10-22/2021-teacher-year-finalists-announced-hofmeister