NORMAN — Brooke Brown, a third-grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School, has been named Norman's teacher of the year.
Brown was honored Tuesday during the district's annual Celebration of Excellence. She was among five finalists for the award.
She has taught for nine years and is a National Board certified teacher. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
Brown will represent Norman Public Schools in the state Teacher of the Year competition.
In a personal essay included in Brown's portfolio, she said her teaching philosophy is based on emphasizing “the essentials of love, life and learning.”
Superintendent Joe Siano said the Celebration of Excellence honors the individuals nominated for the award, “but what we're really celebrating is the impact that their talent has on our kids every day. We don't do this by ourselves. We do this together as a community that values its kids and their education.”
The other finalists were Calypso Gilstrap, a library media specialist at Norman High; Suzanne Price, a counselor at Truman Primary; Donna Queen, an anatomy/physiology teacher at Norman North High School; and Amy Young, a fifth-grade teacher at Cleveland Elementary School.