Choral music director is named Edmond Teacher of the Year

Sequoyah Middle School choral music director Angie McKenna is the Edmond School District's Teacher of the Year.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 12, 2012
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— Sequoyah Middle School choral music director Angie McKenna was named Edmond Public Schools' Teacher of the Year Tuesday during the district's annual celebration of excellence.

McKenna is a National Board Certified teacher who has been teaching at Sequoyah 15 years, according to a news release from the school district. She directs the vocal, jazz and show choirs.

“I never dreamed I would receive this honor and have the opportunity to follow in so many outstanding educators' footsteps,” McKenna said.

She said has a teaching philosophy of “doing whatever it takes” to help her students appreciate music and succeed at it.

Teacher of the Year committee Chairwoman Ruth Zumwalt said that “can-do” philosophy is one reason McKenna was chosen.

“We have so many outstanding teachers in our district, but what stood out about Angie is her passion and energy. She has a positive attitude that is just infectious and is always willing to do whatever it takes to help her students achieve,” Zumwalt said. “In addition, I was very impressed with her attention to student assessment and her willingness to make personal connections with the students she teaches.”

Students are prized

McKenna said she originally wanted to be in musical theater but had a change of heart after working in a day care during college.