The 2008 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year is Stephanie Canada, a Physical Education teacher from Shawnee Oklahoma. Stephanie, an active OEA member, was chosen from among a dozen finalists that represent our great teachers across Oklahoma. They are Shannon Pruitt, a fourth grade teacher for Dale Public Schools; Steve Bowlware, a high school math teacher with Edmond Public Schools; Sallie Mullens, a first grade teacher with Elk City Public Schools; Lori Duncan, a second grade teacher with Fort Gibson Public Schools; Susan Petreikis, a second grade teacher with Jenks Public Schools; Prentice Redman, a first grade teacher with McAlester Public Schools; Julie Angle, a high school science and computer technology teacher with Medford Public Schools; Michael Payne, a drama/theater teacher at the Classen School of Advanced Studies/Oklahoma City Public Schools; Melanie Eick, a special education teacher of students with multiple disabilities with Stillwater Public Schools; Debbie Snider, a gifted and talented teacher with Union Public Schools in Tulsa; and Brenda Gartrell, a fifth grade science and mathematics teacher at Woodward Public Schools.
The OEA hosted a luncheon for the finalists, their family, and friends, and former teachers of the year. It is always a great time to get togther and listen to the 12 share their stories about great teaching moments. After lunch, we presented the winners with an apple desk clock.
Stephanie will be representing Oklahoma teachers at a variety of functions and meetings. She will receive the help of a teaching partner as part of her recognition so she can fulfill her commitments.
Congratulations to Stephanie and all of the other finalists.