Local Educators Named Finalists for  Statewide “Excellence in Education Awards”

Several LeFlore County educators will be honored at the Professional Oklahoma Educators Foundation Excellence in Education Awards Banquet to be held on April 13 in Oklahoma City. These educators are finalists:

Junior High Merit Award: Felisha McKenzie (Panama Middle School)

“Olan Isbell” Merit Award: Cyal Walden (Arkoma Junior High/High School)

Special Education Merit Award: Sharon Hyde (Howe Elementary)

Junior High Merit Award: Jamie Knight (Singleton Elementary in Arkoma)

Elementary Merit Award: Lori Hill-Johnson (Pocola Elementary)

Non-Certified Merit Award: Tina Karich (Singleton Elementary in Arkoma)

Special Education Merit Award: Sherry King (Singleton Elementary in Arkoma)

Elementary Merit Award: Linda Stone Willis (Singleton Elementary in Arkoma)

Teacher Character Award: Melynda Rogers (Singleton Elementary in Arkoma)

 The Excellence in Education Awards Banquet is a venue for recognizing and rewarding Oklahoma educators who demonstrate a commitment to their students in teaching strength of character and excellence in the classroom. Award nominees must go through a rigorous application and evaluation process.

 According to POE Foundation Executive Director Ginger Tinney, “These awards will serve as an encouragement to not only Oklahoma educators, but also to the many businesses, organizations, and communities that have a stake in the character building and intellectual development of the children who will shape our state in the future.”

 The Professional Oklahoma Educators Foundation will recognize finalists in six merit award categories: elementary, middle school/junior high, high school, special education, non-certified staff, administrator, and two character award categories: teacher and school. One winner from each of the eight categories will be announced at the banquet.  For more information, please call 405-872-3175 or email POEF at pr@apoe.org.