EDMOND — Elanna Killackey, an English teacher, yearbook adviser and student council sponsor at Edmond Memorial High School, is the district’s teacher of the year.
“Elanna Killackey demonstrates passion, professionalism and purpose in her teaching,” said Superintendent David Goin. “Her devotion to her students is uncompromised.”
Killackey said that outside of becoming a parent, becoming a teacher is her greatest accomplishment.
“I was meant to help students succeed and not fail, live and not hide, take chances and not be afraid, make mistakes and get messy, and learn to love life and themselves,” she said.
Tara Fair, associate superintendent of education services, said Killackey, whose selection was announced Friday, is a lifelong learner who consistently implements innovative teaching methods to keep her students engaged.
“Elanna has a diverse skill set and uses an array of disciplines both inside and outside the classroom to engage students. In addition, her contributions in the areas of technology and multimedia have been invaluable to her colleagues,” Fair said.
Killackey developed her career over the course of a decade working for three Oklahoma school districts. She has achieved success and recognition for her involvement with high school debate programs, middle school multimedia programs and yearbook publishing. Most recently, she was the student council sponsor of Memorial’s SWINE Week, which raised $471,000 for City Rescue Mission.
“Elanna is completely devoted to her students,” Memorial Principal Justin Coffelt said. “She always puts them first, and they adore her.”
Killackey is a member of the National Education Association, the Oklahoma Education Association, Edmond Association of Classroom Teachers, Oklahoma Scholastic Media and the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils.