Broken Arrow Public Schools names 2019 District Teacher of the Year, Support Employee of the Year
At its annual Star Awards Gala, Broken Arrow Public Schools announced Broken Arrow High School teacher Jeanie Moore as the 2019 District Teacher of the Year and bus driver Shirley Walls as the district’s top support employee.
“The Star Gala gives us a chance to say ‘thank you’ to a number of individuals who consistently go above and beyond,” said Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop. It is because of them that students stay engaged in their educational experience, and when students are engaged, graduation is sure to follow.”
During this event held at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Broken Arrow, 28 Site Teachers of the Year were formally introduced, five were named as finalists and one was honored as the District Teacher of the Year.
As Teacher of the Year, Moore received a monetary gift from the Broken Arrow Public Schools Foundation and the opportunity to drive a courtesy car from Mathews Ford in Broken Arrow. She will go on to represent the district at the State Teacher of the Year Competition this summer.
“I want my kids to learn English, but more importantly, I want my kids to learn compassion, kindness, self-respect and confidence; it is then I have contributed my best to education,” said Moore.
“Shirley truly cares about her students and it shows in everything she does – the way that she shows up at work on time every time, the way she interacts with her students,” said Transportation Director James McNabb. “It’s not just driving the routes, it’s after the routes making sure her students are safe, her students are happy. She truly is an outstanding individual and her kids are lucky to have her.”
Nominations for the Beyond and Above award were made by principals, teachers, administrators, supervisors and coworkers. A committee consisting of site and district administrators conducted a review of all candidate nominations before spring break.
Flintco helped sponsor the Beyond & Above Award, providing cash prizes to each of the five finalists.
“Each staff member recognized at the Gala plays an important role in educating, equipping and empowering a community of learners,” said Dunlop. “They are the champions of public education and are making a difference in the lives of their colleagues and students.”