Compassion helps make Oklahoma's top teacher shine

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: September 27, 2012
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“She challenges and builds confidence in each and every student in a very special way,” said Brian Hamar, principal of Fairview High School. “She hasn't even touched the surface yet because what she can do between now and until the time she retires is going to be phenomenal.”

Hutchison will spend the coming year as the state's ambassador of teaching. She'll be a fantastic representative of teaching at a time when public education faces difficult challenges and increased scrutiny, a time when it needs the voices of those entrenched in the day-to-day work of teaching who aren't afraid of the future. A fourth-generation teacher, she welcomes the opportunity that comes with change.

Hutchison and many other great teachers hone in on an oft-repeated but true thought: Professional educators teach students, not subjects. Part of what makes teachers like Hutchison so great is a keen understanding of how compassion and knowledge work together. “Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care,” she said.

To Hutchison, we extend our congratulations on a well-deserved honor. We wish her the best of luck as she competes for national Teacher of the Year honors.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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