Four years as a math teacher at Northwest Classen High School have taught Matt Ross there is more to the job than helping students solve problems.
“I'm interested in their lives, building relationships and being a positive role model,” Ross, 26, said Tuesday after being named one of nine finalists for Oklahoma City Public Schools teacher of the year.
Ross and five other teachers attended a ceremony to announce the finalists at a car dealership in Oklahoma City. The winner will be announced May 8 and will drive off the lot in a 2014 Ford Fusion or 2014 Ford Escape donated by the dealership.
“Oklahoma City has some of the of the state's most talented and dedicated teachers,” said Lori Dickinson, president of The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, which administers the teacher of the year program.
Other finalists are: Carol Fletcher-Knight (Rogers Middle School); David Helm (Capitol Hill High School); Kimberly Massicotte (John Marshall High School); Randa Reiger (Heronville Elementary School); Bettie Shadoan (Monroe Elementary School); Carrie Snyder-Renfro (Oklahoma Centennial Mid-High School); Mary Tran (Northeast Academy for Health Sciences and Engineering Enterprise); and Meredith Ziegler (Wilson Arts Integration Elementary School).