The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education (NFIE) 2007 gala was held in Washington, DC. Each year the banquet honors more than 50 teachers, of which one will be selected for the grand prize of $25,000.
Oklahoma's 2007 recipient of the state award is Ginger Mendenhall from Ponca City.
Attending the banquet from Oklahoma were:(FRLR) Becky Felts, OEA VP; Greg & Diane Johnson, Mustang and (BRLR) Bryce Felts, Tahlequah, Carolyn Crowder, NEA Ex. Committee, Mustang; Gary Underwood, Meghan Swinehart, Ginger, Lori Burris, Mid-Del & Linda Hampton, Pleasant Grove.
Two recipients were honored with the NEA Foundation Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education--Eric Carle (The Very Hungary Caterpillar) for his contributions in children's literature and Billie Jean King for her support and help in the passage of Title IX.
For more information on the NEA Gala and Foundation, check the link at