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January 26, 2013

Noble names teacher of the year nominees

NORMAN — Site candidates in the running for district title

NOBLE — One teacher from each of Noble’s schools has been named site teachers of the year.

Jon Myers, director of curriculum, said teachers are nominated and elected by their peers. Each school winner goes before a committee made up of teachers, members of the community, the school board and the PTA who will conduct interviews and select the district teacher of the year.

Myers said the announcement will be a surprise for the teacher and will be “announced spontaneously.”

The following teachers have been named teacher of the year at their respective schools:

· Lori Sanden teaches pre-K at Katherine I. Daily and has taught for 12 years overall. Married to Patrick Sanden, who is in the military, they’ve moved around quite a bit. The couple has three grown daughters. Sanden said she was a stay-at-home mom until her youngest went to kindergarten.

Originally from Montana, Sanden graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education. At one time, she was a teacher’s assistant in Nebraska for two years and later taught at a private school in Moore for seven years.

After living in Nebraska, her husband was again stationed in Oklahoma. The couple wanted to live in Moore on an acreage, but when they couldn’t find anything, they ended up in Noble where she says, “We love it.” She said there was an opening at KID and she applied.

“It’s such an honor to be the KID teacher of the year,” Sanden said. “I work with great people and the pre-K team with four teachers — we all just really work well together. All the teachers at KID are great. (They’re) all professional and help you when you need it. Noble is a great school district to work for.”

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