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January 26, 2013

Noble names teacher of the year nominees

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She earned her Bachelor of Science from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and her Master of Education in school counseling from East Central University.

“It is an honor to be named teacher of the year, considering all the great teachers we have at the middle school,” Wyche said. “It is always nice to be recognized by your peers.”

· Betina Jones-Parra teaches Algebra 2, pre-calculus and AP calculus at Noble High. Jones-Parra is a veteran teacher with 21 years of experience teaching high school. Formerly, she taught at Norman North and Moore high schools.

She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Oklahoma as well as hours toward her doctorate in the same field. She has mathematics certification from the University of Oklahoma. Married to Ricky Collins from Noble, the couple has two grown children, Danielle and Matthew Schlegel.

“My favorite thing about teaching is to watch the light bulb go on behind a student’s eyes,” Jones-Parra said. “For instance, yesterday a student asked me about four or five times the same question, ‘How are you picking those numbers?’ I answered every time. He would go away and come back again or call me again. All of a sudden, I hear this, ‘Ah, I get it. You are finding the square root’ (which is what I told him several times). At that moment, I knew that he now owned that knowledge.”

The committee will conduct interviews in late February to choose Noble’s district teacher of the year.

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