The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence will honor five Oklahoma educators this month at its 26th annual Academic Awards Banquet.
The 2012 Oklahoma Medal for Excellence Awards in Teaching will be awarded to the following recipients:
• Teresa Potter, of Fisher Elementary School in Moore, for elementary education
• Elizabeth Ballard, of Norman High School, for secondary education
• Kathryn Turner, the recently retired superintendent of Fletcher Public Schools, for elementary and secondary administration
• Gladys Lewis, an English professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, for regional university and community college education
• Charles Abramson, a psychology professor at Oklahoma State University, for research university education
Each medal recipient will receive a $5,000 cash award as well as a glass sculpture.
In addition to the Medals for Excellence, 100 Academic All-State students will be honored. The students will receive medallions and $1,000 each. Seven Oklahoma high schools have Academic All-State students for the first time: Chattanooga, Hinton, Kellyville, Lone Wolf, Quinton, Savanna and Union City.
The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is a nonprofit designed to recognize and encourage academic excellence in Oklahoma public schools. Through its academic awards program, the foundation has awarded nearly $4 million in scholarships and cash awards.
The banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. May 19 at the Renaissance Tulsa Convention Center, 6808 S 107 East Ave. The keynote speaker will be CNN host and journalist Fareed Zakaria. David L. Boren, founder and chairman of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, will serve as the emcee. The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Orchestra will perform. Tickets are $50. A mail-in reservation form is available at www.ofe.org, or by calling 236-0006.