2021 Teacher of the Year
Broken Arrow Public Schools announced Rosewood Elementary music teacher Michelle McCarver as the 2021 District Teacher of the Year during its annual Star Awards Gala in April 2021.
McCarver has been an educator for 11 years, first at Claremore Public Schools and then at Broken Arrow Public Schools. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Arkansas and her master’s degree in music education from Louisiana State University.
Since she was young, she has always referred to teaching as her calling. In elementary school, she came home from school to “play school.” In junior high, she was selected to become a “Teacher for the Day,” where she taught in the place of one of her favorite teachers. In high school, it became clear that she had a gift for music, which lead her to pursue music education in college. Since then, she has changed the lives of Broken Arrow students by instilling in them a love for music.
Her teaching philosophy is that she knows where she wants her students to go, and she works relentlessly to help them achieve it.
“Nothing is on my lesson plan without it being sealed with my excitement in the execution,” McCarver said. “I work hard to connect with kids by memorizing their names, throwing the football or playing four square with them. This is the work outside of the work that lights the fire of engagement. It makes a huge difference inside the classroom when they know you truly care for them outside the walls of your room.”
As District Teacher of the Year, McCarver received a monetary gift from the Broken Arrow Public Schools Foundation and the opportunity to drive a courtesy car from Matthews Ford in Broken Arrow. She will go on to represent the district at the State Teacher of the Year competition in February.