NORMAN — Local teacher Roger Clement has been named one of 12 finalists for the annual Teacher of the Year award by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Clement is a science teacher in Noble.
State Superintendent Janet Barresi announced the 12 finalists today at a press conference.
The other finalists include: Tonya Lynn Boyle, fifth-grade teacher, Broken Arrow; Cynthia Brown, English teacher, Piedmont; Amber Elder, first- and second-grade teacher, Putnam City Schools; Adam Forester, chemistry teacher, Bethany; Monica Hodgden, pre-kindergarten teacher, Woodward; James LeGrand, history teacher, Altus; Jennifer Luttmer, second-grade teacher, Sallisaw; Romney Nesbitt, art teacher, Jenks; Jason Scott Proctor, math teacher, Tahlequah; Diane Walker, history teacher, Muskogee; and LeaAnn Wyrick, geography teacher, Atoka.
Committees comprised of teachers, parents and community members selected the finalists — two finalists from each of the six regions in the state.
A state committee comprised of education, business and civic leaders will select the winner, which will be announced this fall at an Oklahoma State Department of Education ceremony at the Oklahoma State Fair.