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 is Rogers College Junior High School English teacher, Jennie Lowther!
Lowther teaches English language arts at Rogers College Junior High School and has been in the classroom for nine years. She is passionate about creating a true multicultural education as well as finding ways to help teachers share their individual expertise with their colleagues. She is a lead teacher for the “How I Know” Initiative, a second-year Equity Explorer, and a member of the district’s Curriculum Alignment Committee for advanced English. She is also a teaching Fellow for the Oklahoma State University Writing Project. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English education from OSU and will complete her master's degree in curriculum design and leadership and college teaching certificate from OSU-Tulsa in May 2019.
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.