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July 17, 2014

Noble teacher is state finalist

NORMAN — Local teacher Roger Clement has been named one of 12 finalists for the 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year award by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Clement teaches physical science, biology, chemistry and chemistry II at Noble High School. State Superintendent Janet Barresi announced the 12 finalists Wednesday at a press conference.

“These teachers bring creativity, skill and passion into their classrooms every day, and their students and colleagues take note. It is uplifting to be able to tell the state about these exceptional educators. I congratulate them, and I’m looking forward to learning more about them in the coming months,” Barresi said.

The other finalists include:

· Tonya Lynn Boyle, fifth-grade teacher, H. Cecil Rhoades Elementary School, Broken Arrow

· Cynthia Brown, English teacher, Piedmont High School, Piedmont

· Amber Elder, first- and second-grade teacher, James L. Dennis Elementary School, Putnam City

· Adam Forester, chemistry teacher, Bethany High School, Bethany

· Monica Hodgden, pre-kindergarten teacher, Woodward Early Childhood Center, Woodward

· James LeGrand, history teacher, Altus High School, Altus

· Jennifer Luttmer, second-grade teacher, Liberty Elementary School, Sallisaw

· Romney Nesbitt, art teacher, Jenks West Intermediate School, Jenks

· Jason Scott Proctor, math teacher, Tahlequah High School, Tahlequah

· Diane Walker, history teacher, Muskogee High School, Muskogee

· LeaAnn Wyrick, geography teacher, McCall Middle School, Atoka

Committees comprised of teachers, parents and community members selected the finalists — two finalists from each of the six regions in the state.

An independent panel of fellow educators and civic leaders will select the 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year from the 12 finalists in the fall.

For more information about the finalists, visit ok.gov/sde/oklahoma-teacher-year.

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