Brittany Hix Named Finalist for OK Teacher of the Year
Jenks Public Schools’ teacher Brittany Hix was named one of 12 finalists for 2017 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year in an announcement by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
Hix, a 2008 Jenks graduate who attended Oklahoma Baptist University, has spent the last four years as a 6th grade language arts and social studies teacher at Jenks West Intermediate.
“I was certainly surprised and honored to be named a finalist,” said the 25-year old Hix. “It’s great to be recognized for something I’m so passionate about and to be mentioned with so many outstanding teachers from across the state is incredible. There are so many people making an impact in the lives of students and it’s wonderful to be part of that community.”
Hix was named the 2016 District Teacher of the Year for Jenks Public Schools and was selected as a finalist for the state award after submitting an application packet to a panel of educators, members of the business community, legislators, and nonprofit partners. The 2017 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year will be revealed August 30 in a ceremony at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
“I am thrilled to see Brittany recognized as a finalist for our state,” said Michelle Sumner, Principal at Jenks West Intermediate. “Brittany offers students the opportunity to find their voice each day in her classroom through discussion, book talks, and seminars. She is a key collaborator and facilitator for not only her grade level, but for our entire school site.”
“I appreciate the collaboration at West Intermediate and the fact that our leaders push us to continuously research and learn new techniques for reaching students,” stated Hix. “It is an exciting and invigorating environment to work in because the philosophy of life-long learning is embedded in everything we do.”
The selection of Hix marks the third consecutive year for an educator from Jenks Public Schools to be named a finalist for the state award. Romney Nesbitt, an art teacher at Jenks West Intermediate, was a finalist for 2015, and Jenniffer Callaway, an English teacher at the Jenks Alternative Center, was a nominee for 2016.
If selected as Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, Hix will begin a year of service in July of 2017. She will spend a year outside the classroom, meeting with teachers from across the state, advocating for education, and competing for National Teacher of the Year honors.