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Introducing the 2017-18 JPS Site Teachers of the Year

JPS' 2017-18 Site Teachers of the Year from left to right: Rachel Hughes (SE), Mindy Miles (AC), Elle Fowler (WI), Ashley Mackey (EI), Jacqueline Novotny (WE), Emily Stewart (FA), Lynn Goodrich (NW), Amy Greenhaw (HS), Erica Housley (EE), Dana Stokes (MS)
5a0d9f126af9cJPS' 2017-18 Site Teachers of the Year from left to right: Rachel Hughes (SE), Mindy Miles (AC), Elle Fowler (WI), Ashley Mackey (EI), Jacqueline Novotny (WE), Emily Stewart (FA), Lynn Goodrich (NW), Amy Greenhaw (HS), Erica Housley (EE), Dana Stokes (MS).
JPS' 2017-18 Site Teachers of the Year from left to right: Rachel Hughes (SE), Mindy Miles (AC), Elle Fowler (WI), Ashley Mackey (EI), Jacqueline Novotny (WE), Emily Stewart (FA), Lynn Goodrich (NW), Amy Greenhaw (HS), Erica Housley (EE), Dana Stokes (MS).

Jenks Public Schools is fortunate to employ some of the most talented, dedicated educators in the state. The 2017-18 JPS Site Teachers of the Year exemplify an incredible commitment to public education and a passion for making a difference in the lives of students. Selected by their peers for their outstanding contributions to our students and our schools, the following individuals are to be commended and congratulated for being named Site Teachers of the Year!

 

 

 

 

EAST ELEMENTARY

Erica Housley – 3rd Grade Teacher

 

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

College: Oklahoma State University

Years in education: 14

Years at Jenks Public Schools: 14

 

“I want to be a cheerleader for my students who are not as fortunate and don’t have someone in their corner. I want kids who may be going through some unimaginable things in their home lives to know that when they come to school, I am happy they are there. I want them to know they have a bright future and that anything is possible. The kids motivate me to try new tactics, find new learning opportunities, and to stretch myself as a person. I do what I do to help them realize they are worth it!”

 

 

NORTHWEST ELEMENTARY

Lynn Goodrich – Pre-K and Kindergarten ELD Teacher, ELD Site Coordinator

 

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

College: University of Missouri and Wichita State University

Years in education: 20

Years at Jenks Public Schools: 18

 

“My view is that teaching is a mission. As I encounter a student, I consider the type of impact I want to have. What will I do today to add to the emotional health, education, or life experience of each child I encounter? You never know what kind of mark you will leave on someone’s heart, so it better be a good one!”

 

 

SOUTHEAST ELEMENTARY

Rachel Hughes – Health and Physical Education Teacher

 

Hometown: Shawnee, Oklahoma

College: Oklahoma Baptist University (Bachelor’s Degree), East Central University (Master’s

               Degree), Northeastern State University (Principal’s Certification)

Years in education: 10

Years at Jenks Public Schools: 10

 

“I am motivated to make a difference in the lives of my students because I know the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle. Health, fitness, and education are the three most valued attributes needed for a successful future. I have a passion for teaching and I strive to do what I can to provide many opportunities to my students in hopes of instilling the same mindset in them. I am particularly excited to know my colleagues understand my role and what I contribute to the quest of developing the whole child.”

 

 

WEST ELEMENTARY

Jacqueline Novotny – Kindergarten Teacher

 

Hometown: Oologah, Oklahoma

College: Northeastern State University

Years in education: 15

Years at Jenks Public Schools: 6

 

“My students and their families are my inspiration. Being a child’s advocate and helping him or her realize their own potential is my greatest joy in teaching. I feel at home in the classroom and I love helping them grow as students and as individuals. I also enjoy working with other teachers. Sharing best practices and encouraging stories, and working together to develop lessons are all great motivators. Being surrounded by great teachers makes me want to be a better teacher every day.”

 

 

EAST INTERMEDIATE

Ashley Mackey – 5th Grade Math and Science Teacher

 

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

College: Oklahoma State University

Years in education: 11

Years at Jenks Public Schools: 4

 

“I love kids of all ages, from all backgrounds – the strugglers and the straight-A students. I want every child in my care to develop a love of learning and to develop a bond with me. As they grow older and move on, I hope they will still carry with them the knowledge that I loved them with all of my heart, and I believed they could succeed. Most importantly, I want kids to know they have something special to offer the world.”

 

 

WEST INTERMEDIATE

Elle Fowler – 6th Grade Teacher

 

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

College: Oklahoma State University

Years in education: 7

Years at Jenks Public Schools: 7

 

“Being selected as Teacher of the Year at West Intermediate means I have an opportunity and responsibility to give voice to the innovative teaching and real world thinking we are embedding in our instructional practice. This is a moment to celebrate the successes and progress we are making as a site in nurturing global citizens filled with compassion and confidence. I am humbled and honored that my peers have selected me to give voice to our work and to represent our school.”

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Dana Stokes – 7th and 8th Grade Math Teacher

 

Hometown: Kirkwood, Missouri

College: University of Northern Iowa

Years in education: 30

Years at Jenks Public Schools: 25

 

“As a middle school teacher, I am not only here to educate students, but to shape them and help them become the person they are meant to be. I am their teacher, their friend, their counselor, their confidant, and at times, the voice of truth and reason. These are young adults. They need to be loved, they need to feel wanted, and treated with respect. They are testing their boundaries, pushing limits, and forming their own opinions. Everyone at my site plays a role in shaping these students for adulthood, and I am so proud to be a part of the JMS family!”

 

 

FRESHMAN ACADEMY

Emily Stewart – English, Pre-AP English, and Creative Writing Teacher

 

Hometown: Watkins Glen, New York

College: Oklahoma State University (Bachelor’s Degree), Northeastern State University

              (Master’s Degree)

Years in education: 10

Years at Jenks Public Schools: 10

 

“I find my motivation in my students. There is something so incredibly uplifting and challenging in working with teenagers. I love helping students learn to question themselves and everything around them. To help them become insightful and to create confidence in themselves as learners, readers, thinkers, writers, and speakers is so incredibly fulfilling.”

 

 

ALTERNATIVE CENTER

Mindy Miles – Science/History Teacher and Therapist

 

Hometown: Glenpool, Oklahoma

College: Oklahoma State University

Years in education: 4

Years at Jenks Public Schools: 4

 

“There is just something about the kids I get to work with that reinvigorates me. They are gritty, hard-working, crafty, kind, misunderstood, empathetic, and caring. I do what I do because I love watching our kids realize their strengths and innate abilities. It’s hard to put into words what our students allow us to see. They don’t have to let us, they don’t have to work with us, but they do. It is amazing to see these young people discover, flourish, and grow.”

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Amy Greenhaw – English 11, Teacher of Special Education

 

Hometown: Enid, Oklahoma

College: Oklahoma State University (Bachelor’s Degree), University of Oklahoma

              (Master’s   Degree)

Years in education: 16

Years at Jenks Public Schools: 16

 

“Jenks High School provides teachers with the tools to inspire, engage, and empower students. Through strong leadership, we have strong teachers and a positive culture that fosters a learning environment with continuous quality improvement. I love that the leadership at JHS allows me and encourages me to take risks, collaborate, and be innovative.

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