Guthrie Public Schools honored all their site teachers of the year, announced the elementary and secondary teachers of the year and the district teacher of the year during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting.
Guthrie High School English teacher Jeff Jordan was named the 2018-19 District Teacher of the Year. Jordan, who was also named the Secondary Teacher of the Year, has been in the school district for the last three years in his 18-year teaching career.
“I want to say thank you,” Jordan said standing next to Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson and to the over flow board room.
“I’m not any different from the rest of you who were nominated. It’s a pleasure to serve along side all of you.”
GHS Principal Chris LeGrande says Jordan’s goal is to have students love the writing process.
“Lot of students will go into his classroom and initially are very reluctant to write. (Jordan’s style) is non-threatening. Instead of taking a red pen and marking up their essays and the work they have published, he invites them to make mistakes and learn from their mistakes.”
Fogarty Elementary’s third grade teacher Amanda Perring was named the Elementary Teacher of the Year.
“Amanda Perring has a very high level of student engagement,” Fogarty Principal Marsha Todd said Perring, who is in her eighth year in the school district.
Each school site named their teacher of the year:
Cotteral – Julie Chambers
Charter Oak – Dixie Shaffer
Central – Lyndsey Rollins
Fogarty – Amanda Perring
Guthrie Upper Elementary – Sheri Stevenson
Junior High – Kristen Hooper
High School – Gloria Salas and Jeff Jordan
Simpson thanked all the local business who showered the winners with gifts.
The local businesses contributing include John Vance Auto Group, Eskridge Chevrolet, Dominion House – 602 Bistro, F & M Bank, Sara Whitt-AAA Insurance, EMI, Integrity Heat and Air, Okie Flowers, Boutique 206, Companion Healthcare, Lamar and Kay Wade, BancFirst, Mike Sikes-Edward Jones, Sharon Watts, Shelton’s Photography, Guthrie News Leader, Nelson Monument Company, Walgreens, Pizza Hut, Pollard Theater, Interbank, Hardin Insurance Agency, Furrow’s Flowers & Gifts, Golden Chick, Gage’s Steakhouse, Tipsy Artist, Tara Drake/Love to Shine, Traci Hayes/Saltees, Kellie Henke/Downtown Salon, Blake Wimsey/Foundation Insurance, Kristy Gatlin/Shelter Insurance, Missy’s Donuts and Bakery, Lopez Mexican Grill, The Heritage Collection, Rick’s Fine Chocolates & Coffee, Roma’s Italian Restaurant, Billy Simms Barbecue and Papa John’s Pizza.