OKTOY Blog: Make It Safe

At the end of last summer, my two-year-old son Vincent was jumping off the diving board like a stunt man! This summer, only just last week did he make his first attempt off the board. I was struck by how quickly a child can lose his courage and freedom to take risk.

August TLE Newsletter

Topics include:

  • Register Soon for SLO/SOO Train-the-Trainer Sessions for District Lead(s)
  • Questions of the Month
  • Upcoming District Sessions
  • Friendly Reminders

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After the waiver

By Janet Barresi, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

TLE September 2014 Newsletter

Topics include:

  • Register Now for SLO/SOO Training
  • Information regarding OAM Reports
  • TLE Focus Groups

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OKTOY Blog: The Year

I recently returned my affectionately named “free car” to the State Fair of Oklahoma, and I can't express enough gratitude for this incredible donation over the past year! While I only inched out 17,000 miles, a great summary of the year can be told through that little car.

2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Peter Markes poses with his OKTOY car

OKTOY Blog: Getting started | OU Homecoming

The past month has been a whirlwind of sorts. I realized that I had a 1 in 12 chance of becoming the 2015 Teacher of the Year when I was named a finalist, but even then I didn’t really believe it would happen. It’s such a tremendous honor to receive this title, especially when so many of my deserving fellow teachers were also finalists.

OKToy Blog: The power of team

The first Saturday of November every year holds a special place in my heart. That’s when high school distance runners gather in many places across the country to compete at state championships. This weekend I took part in such a display and was reminded again that our profession extends beyond textbooks, standards, assessments or trophies.

OKTOY Blog: Leading is not managing

Wednesday, Oct. 29 marked my first official speaking engagement as Oklahoma’s Teacher of the Year. I was honored to be invited by the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals (OASSP) to speak about the importance of school leadership at their fall conference in Oklahoma City.


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