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At a glance: Oklahoma Teacher of the Year finalists

At a glance: Oklahoma Teacher of the Year finalists
Oklahoman Modified: July 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm •  Published: July 13, 2012

At a glance

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year finalists

Cindy Bailey, Altus High School, Altus: Bailey teaches Algebra I, geometry, pre-calculus and ACT prep. She has 14 years of teaching experience. “Never say, ‘It is not my job,' and never say, ‘I wish I had.' The students I teach are America's future, and they deserve the very best.”

Brenda Roberts, Homer Elementary School, Byng: Roberts teaches third-grade reading, math, language arts, spelling, social studies and science. She has 13 years experience. “We must identify our struggling students earlier and provide immediate remediation in order to empower our students with life-changing tools needed to become successful adults.”

Carol Brinsfield, Checotah Intermediate School, Checotah: Brinsfield teaches third- and fourth-grade reading. She has 16 years experience. “I believe an outstanding teacher lives in the moment and works to keep a positive attitude with students, parents, and colleagues.”

Kyle Cooper, Central Elementary School, Coweta: Cooper teaches prekindergarten. He has eight years experience. “Great teachers discover their student's unique characteristics and celebrate them by creating opportunities for individual success.”

Kim Landers, Deer Creek High School, Deer Creek School District: Kim Landers teaches Spanish. She has 14 years experience. “Our students are growing up in a global society where collaboration and critical thinking skills are not optional, and as teachers, we have to put our fears behind us and our students' needs before us.”

Elaine Hutchison, Fairview High School, Chamberlain Middle School and the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Regional Center, Fairview: Hutchison shares her time among the schools teaching math classes. She is also the high school assistant girls basketball coach. She has 19 years of experience. “Teachers have an incredible, purpose-driven mission that merges the responsibility and power to shape the future in ways impossible to other professions. Changing education's future is up to us.”

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