Oklahoma state Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Four educators hail from Oklahoma City metro-area school districts
by Tim Willert Modified: July 16, 2014 at 9:17 pm •  Published: July 17, 2014
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Four metro-area educators are among 12 finalists for 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, the state Education Department announced Wednesday.

The four are Cynthia Brown (Piedmont Public Schools); Amber Elder (Putnam City Schools); Adam Forester (Bethany Public Schools); and Roger Clement (Noble Public Schools).

“Teaching allows me to unlock potential in individuals and inspire them to become lifelong learners,” said Elder, a first- and second-grade teacher at James L. Dennis Elementary School. “I think that’s what this is all about as we prepare students to be innovative leaders in our community and society.”

Brown, who teaches AP English at Piedmont High School, said she looks forward to sharing ideas with her students and debating and discussing “relative ideas and issues.”

“I get to teach them how to develop their own opinions and think for themselves,” she said. “These are skills they’re going to use forever and that’s why I think I have the best job.”

Local school districts select their best teachers, and the education department administers the statewide contest.

A panel of Oklahoma educators selected two finalists from each of the state’s six regions. An independent panel of educators and civic leaders will interview the finalists and select a winner, who will be named in September during the Oklahoma State Fair.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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“I think that’s what this is all about as we prepare students to be innovative leaders in our community and society.”

Amber Elder

She is a first- and second-grade teacher at James L. Dennis Elementary School (Putnam City Schools).

“I get to teach them how to develop their own opinions and think for themselves. These are skills they’re going to use forever and that’s why I think I have the best job.”

Cynthia Brown

She teaches AP English at Piedmont High School (Piedmont Public Schools).

“I think what makes my classroom unique is basically I get to talk with each one of my kids face-to-face every day.”

Adam Forester

He is a chemistry teacher at Bethany High School (Bethany Public Schools).

“Students are learning and sharing concepts and learning how to compete on an academic level and later on in an engineering and business world.”

Roger Clement

He is a chemistry teacher at Noble High School (Noble Public Schools).

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