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February 22, 2014

Teacher of year finalists named

NORMAN — Norman Public Schools announced Friday its 2014 district Teacher of the Year finalists.

The individual announcements came through surprise celebrations at each site Friday morning organized by principals and the district’s Staff Development Committee.

Candidates are Amy Carruth, Truman Primary, kindergarten; Stacy Ford, Kennedy Elementary, library/media specialist; Macey Morgan, Washington, second grade; and Bo Maynes, Norman High, AVID and Oklahoma history.

The finalists were chosen from a pool of NPS school site Teachers of the Year in a competitive process involving a written portfolio, video and individual interviews with the district’s Staff Development Committee.

The finalists now vie for 2014 NPS Teacher of the Year, who will be announced at the annual NPS Celebration of Excellence banquet April 22.

The district’s Teacher of the Year competes in the state Teacher of the Year program, which is sponsored by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in affiliation with the national Teacher of the Year program sponsored by the national Council of Chief State School Officers.

Beth Spears, NPS director of professional development and Student assessment, said the district’s Teacher of the Year program focuses on selecting teachers who are successful, dedicated in their service to students and effective at communicating the importance of teaching to their colleagues and the community.

“Norman Public Schools provides and promotes quality,” Spears said. “All of our school site Teachers of the Year are symbols of that, and so selecting finalists this year, as it has been every year, was extremely difficult.”

NPS Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano agreed, indicating he was thankful that he is not involved in the selection of the finalists.

“Each one of these four educators has consistently distinguished themselves in their service to students, parents and their fellow colleagues at their individual schools, and any one of these finalists would be an excellent NPS Teacher of the Year,” he said. “We congratulate them for being named a finalist but, more importantly, thank them for their commitment to Norman students and families.”

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