Superintendent Deborah A. Gist surprised five teachers at their schools to congratulate each for being named a finalist for the Tulsa Public Schools 2019 Teacher of the Year.
"Being a teacher is an extraordinarily challenging job, but it is also profoundly rewarding. Great teachers are not only the heart of excellent schools; they are the foundation from which our communities are able to grow and thrive," said Gist. "These five educators have demonstrated exemplary instructional practice, the ability to form meaningful and life-changing relationships with their students, and a relentless focus on ensuring that every child has the tools and supports that he or she needs to be successful."
One of the finalists includes McLain High School social studies teacher, Victoria Hall!
Hall has been a social studies teacher at McLain High School for four years. She works to encourage her students by providing support both in- and outside of the classroom by supporting the school’s Debate Club and Senior Class Board. She also serves as a member of the school’s instructional leadership. Victoria has worked tirelessly to bring the Advanced Placement program back to McLain High School and has expanded the program to include seven course offerings. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in education from Wesley College.
After a community-wide nomination process in the fall, schools throughout the district named site-level Teachers of the Year in December 2018. These site-level winners each created a portfolio of work to be reviewed by a committee that included 2019 Teacher of the Year Shaniqua Ray and Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association Vice President Shawna Mott-Wright, as well as school and district leaders. The five finalists were selected following a portfolio review and an interview with the committee.
The district's 2019 Teacher of the Year will be announced spring 2019.