MOORE — State Superintendent Janet Barresi recognized Rising Star Teachers from across the state during the state Teacher of the Year Ceremony held on Sept. 17. Rising Stars are teachers who have been in the classroom seven years or less but who show an amazing amount of promise in their profession.
“These teachers have already demonstrated a great deal of effectiveness in helping their students achieve academic success,” Barresi said. “I’m happy today to recognize the potential each brings in helping to prepare Oklahoma students for college, career and citizenship readiness.”
Rising Stars were named a Teacher of the Year for their district. They are selected based on portfolios reviewed by the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year regional selection committees. The judges are made up of award-winning teachers, past Teachers of the Year and past finalists and PTA members.
Locally honored was Byron Church, a seventh- and eighth grade band teacher from Highland West Junior High School in the Moore School District.
He is a National Board Certified Teacher.
He has been in his present position seven years with seven years total experience. His philosophy of teaching is “an outstanding teacher is one who is capable and willing to adjust to the complexities of each individual student while ensuring student accountability.”
In addition to recognition at the Teacher of the Year ceremony, Rising Star Teachers each receive more than $1,000 in cash and other prizes from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Schools Insurance Group, the Oklahoma Education Association, Professional Oklahoma Educators, SMART Technologies and the Oklahoma Historical Society.