Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

Jason Scott Proctor

Jason Scott Proctor | Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

  • 9th-12th Grades; Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and Advanced Placement Calculus

  • Tahlequah Public Schools

  • Tahlequah High School

"Years ago I learned that the results I witnessed from students directly correlated to the relationships I built with those students.  The more I invested in the individual the further we go. Developing a foundation of trust and genuine concern has been my goal with any and all students who are open."

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2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Ceremony


Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Program


Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Program

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year with the Teacher of the Year carThe Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Program is coordinated through the office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joy Hofmeister. The program is in conjunction with the National Teacher of the Year Program sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the ING Foundation.

The Oklahoma State Fair Board established the Edward C. Joullian III $5,000 Scholarship to be awarded to a high school senior in the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year’s school district. The scholarship winner is announced at the Oklahoma State Fair. This scholarship was established to encourage students to continue their education, recognize the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year’s school district, and celebrate the contributions of Mr. Joullian to the lives of Oklahoma’s young people.

General Qualifications

All Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 classroom teachers in state-accredited schools are eligible for nomination. It is important that every teacher be given the opportunity to participate in this recognition process. No minimum years of teaching experience is required to be qualified for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.

Nominees should be exceptionally skillful and dedicated classroom teachers who are planning to continue in an active teaching status. According to the director of the National Teacher of the Year Program, a classroom teacher is one who teaches a group of students every day within the confines of the classroom and does not have administrative duties. Nominees should communicate effectively and demonstrate creative and imaginative teaching on a day-to-day basis. The nominee should have the ability to inspire the value of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities and assure academic success. Nominations should be made without regard to age, sex, race, or religion.

Selection Process

At the local district level, the Teacher of the Year program is coordinated through the district superintendent. It is the responsibility of the district superintendent to make sure that every teacher is given the opportunity to participate in the recognition process. It is important to emphasize that the search is not for “the best teacher,” but for one who exemplifies the finest in the profession.

Local District Selection Process

The local school district determines the local selection process and announces the local Teacher of the Year.

Regional Selection Committees

There are six regional committees that meet in June to review all portfolios received and to select twelve finalists, two from each region. A list of counties by region is below. The twelve finalists are announced in July.

State Selection Committee

The state selection committee will follow procedures identified below for each of the twelve finalists in order to select the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year:

  • Conduct an interview;
  • View a DVD of classroom teaching. Each of the twelve regional finalists will be responsible for submitting a ten-minute DVD of classroom teaching in early September. If the local district does not have taping capabilities, assistance will be provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (each finalist may view previous Oklahoma Teacher of the Year videos upon request); and
  • Recommend the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year to the State Superintendent.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Recognition

The Oklahoma Teacher of the Year serves as Oklahoma Ambassador of Teaching, representing Oklahoma in the national competition by sharing knowledge and resources with fellow educators around the state and encouraging education as a profession.

Edward C. Joullian III Scholarship

The $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a high school senior in the current Oklahoma Teacher of the Year’s district.


Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Program Regions

(Revised in 2009)
Region I Region II Region III Region IV Region V Region VI
  • Alfalfa County
  • Beaver County
  • Blaine County
  • Canadian County
  • Cimarron County
  • Custer County
  • Dewey County
  • Ellis County
  • Garfield County
  • Grant County
  • Harper County
  • Kay County
  • Kingfisher County
  • Logan County
  • Major County
  • Noble County
  • Roger Mills 
  • Payne County
  • Texas County
  • Woods County
  • Woodward 
  • Oklahoma 
  • Beckham County
  • Caddo County
  • Carter County
  • Cleveland County
  • Comanche County
  • Cotton County
  • Grady County
  • Greer County
  • Harmon County
  • Jackson County
  • Jefferson County
  • Kiowa County
  • Love County
  • McClain County
  • Stephens County
  • Tillman County
  • Washita County
  • Adair County
  • Cherokee County
  • Craig County
  • Creek County
  • Delaware County
  • Lincoln County
  • Mayes County
  • Muskogee County
  • Nowata County
  • Okfuskee County
  • Okmulgee County
  • Osage County
  • Ottawa County
  • Pawnee County
  • Rogers County
  • Wagoner County
  • Washington 
  • Tulsa
  • Atoka County
  • Bryan County
  • Choctaw County
  • Coal County
  • Garvin County
  • Haskell County
  • Hughes County
  • Johnston County
  • Latimer County
  • LeFlore County
  • Marshall County
  • McCurtain County
  • McIntosh County
  • Murray County
  • Pittsburg County
  • Pontotoc County
  • Pottawatomie 
  • Pushmataha 
  • Seminole County
  • Sequoyah County

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Former Oklahoma Teacher of the Year List

2014 Peter Markes 1984 Gwen Pasby, Elk City
2013 Elaine Hutchison 1983 Nancy O’Donnell, Perry
2012 Kristin Shelby, Hollis 1982 Kathlyn Reynolds, Putnam City
2011 Elizabeth Smith, Byng 1981 Alice Gregg, Okay
2010 Brian Grimm, Tulsa 1980 Sherry Morgan, Sand Springs
2009 Heather Sparks, Oklahoma City 1979 Frances Herron, Altus
2008 Stephanie Canada, Shawnee 1978 Pat Kellogg Roller, Ada
2007 Linda-Hasler Reid, Muskogee 1977 June Richardson, Duncan
2006 Robyn Hilger, Oklahoma City 1976 Wilda Walker, Enid
2005 Susan Illgen, Grove 1975 Maralene Wesner, Idabel
2004 Cindy Ball, Muskogee 1974 Valerie Carolina, Wewoka
2003 James Kerr, Union 1973 Frankie Minton, Lindsay
2002 Mike Bynum, Sand Springs 1972 Vernice Ware, Bartlesville
2001 Talita DeNegri, Oklahoma City 1971 Albert Clark, Enid
2000 Mitsuye Conover, Bartlesville 1970 Ruby Browning, Grove
1999 Lynn Peacher, Jenks 1969 Trudy McFarland, Stillwater
1998 Kay Long, Broken Arrow 1968 Edward Hennessee, Lawton
1997 George Abshire, Jenks 1967 Evelyn Findley Williamson, Oklahoma City
1996 Stephen Smallwood, Broken Bow 1966 Helen Cosgrove, Norman
1995 Linda Kay Webb, Broken Arrow 1965 Sam Evans, Oklahoma College for Women
1994 Mary Jane Bassett, Woodward 1964 Lawana Trout, Sand Springs
1993 Betsy Mabry, Enid 1963 Bona Gordey, Tulsa
1992 Rhonda Harryman, Edmond 1962 Flossie Beckett, Lindsay
1991 Marilyn King, Stillwater 1961 James Jenkins, Oklahoma City
1990 Eugene Earsom, Moore 1960 Mary Gillentine, Ron School
1989 Mike Adkins, Moore 1959 Edna Donley, Alva
1988 Dale Long, Oologah-Talala 1958 Helen White, Duncan
1987 Geraldine Burns, Fairview 1957 A.B. Herring, Prague
1986 Jane Kennedy, Yukon 1956 Mary Lawrence, Claremore
1985 Barbara Smith, Miami 1955 Ethel Briggs, Barnsdall

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If you have any questions regarding the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year process, please contact:

Kasey Boes
Events Coordinator
Oklahoma State Department of Education
(405) 521-4893  

Last updated on April 27, 2015