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Broken Arrow Public Schools teacher Kelsee Arnold selected as State Teacher of the Year finalist

The Oklahoma State Department of Education named Broken Arrow Public Schools teacher Ms. Kelsee Arnold as one of 12 finalists in the search for the 2023 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.

“These finalists represent some of the top teaching talent in Oklahoma,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said. “They are exceptional individuals who have a tremendous heart for their students and an unwavering dedication to the teaching profession.”

After being named the 2022 District Teacher of the Year for Broken Arrow Public Schools, Arnold was then selected as a State Teacher of the Year finalist. Her academic portfolio was reviewed by a panel of educators, lawmakers and civic leaders to secure the honor.

Arnold has been with Broken Arrow Public Schools for 10 years and currently teaches gifted and talented students in grades 3-5 at Spring Creek Elementary and Aspen Creek Elementary.

“The relationships I’ve had the privilege of cultivating throughout the years with students are not only dear to my heart, but are truly my proudest achievement,” Arnold said. “It is an honor to witness kids’ dreams come to fruition, knowing that our reach is impacting future successes, and doing it hand-in-hand with other heart-driven, passionate educators.”

The 2023 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year will be named in March. Beginning July 1, the honoree will assume full-time Teacher of the Year duties, which include speaking engagements and serving as Oklahoma’s ambassador for teachers.