Norman achievers

Norman achievers for March 5
Modified: March 4, 2013 at 11:23 pm •  Published: March 5, 2013
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ACHIEVERS

Education

Five teachers have been named finalists for Norman Teacher of the Year. The finalists were chosen from a pool of site teachers of the year in a competitive process involving a written portfolio, video and interviews with the district's staff development committee. The district Teacher of the Year will be named in April. Finalists and their schools are Amy Young, fifth grade, Cleveland Elementary School; Brooke Brown, third grade, Roosevelt Elementary; Suzanne Price, counselor, Truman Primary School; Calypso Gilstrap, library media specialist, Norman High School; and Donna Queen, anatomy/physiology, Norman North High School.

Madison Elementary School special-education teacher Gay Smith is the 2013 Sooner AMBUCS Special Education Teacher of the Year. AMBUCS is a nonprofit service organization that seeks to create mobility and independence for people with disabilities. Smith has taught students with special needs in prekindergarten through fifth grade at Madison for four years and has nine years of teaching experience.

Law enforcement

Five members of the Norman Police Department's communications division were honored with “Everyday Heroes” awards. The awards presented by the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments went to the team because, in addition to normal duties on Feb. 11, they had to dispatch and coordinate communication with police officers in a search for escapees from the McClain County jail, a bank robbery and a fatality accident, all in one day. Honored for their work were Samantha Bolin, communications leader; Jeri Borcherding, communications supervisor; and communications officers Kathy Leitka, Corey LaChapelle and Stephanie Lake.

FROM STAFF REPORTS