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Oklahoma Teacher of the Year finalists named

A dozen finalists have been announced for the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year competition.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Modified: July 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm •  Published: July 11, 2013

Oak Crest Elementary School

Broken Arrow

Fifth grade

Three years experience

“If I teach them to have a good character, they will be influential and important. If I help them develop a strong work ethic, they will be successful in life.”

Peter Markes

Edmond North High School


Orchestra and music theory

12 years experience

“When our students graduate, they will become spouses, co-workers, community leaders, teachers, and most importantly, parents. To do these things well, they must be kind, loving, patient and gentle.”

Dana Moore

Woodland Hills Elementary School



19 years experience

“Teachers must be reflective about their teaching strategies and willing to make changes and accommodations that are in the best interest of all students.”

Therese Rawlinson

Jane Phillips Elementary School


Fifth grade

Nine years experience

“As an adult, I seek to pay it forward, instilling hope and belief in children. They can be what they wish and work for, especially when they have someone behind them who really believes in them.”

Mara Richards

Durant Middle School



15 years experience

“Creating the foundation for my students that will build the rest of their lives is an honor. Without teachers there would be no other professions.”

Susan Rindal

Vanoss Elementary School



15 years experience

“I believe an outstanding teacher is one who is always striving to be better. An outstanding teacher does not become stale, doing the same thing, the same way, everyday, year after year.”

Chelsea Roberts

Woodward Middle School


American history

Two years experience

“It is vital that we connect and build meaningful relationships with our students.”

Eddie Lou Strimple

McKinley Elementary School



42 years experience

“The foundation of my teaching philosophy is possibilities. Possibilities exist in every day, in every learning experience, in every class period, and in every child.”