Amy Greenhaw Named JPS' District Teacher of the Year
Amy Greenhaw of Jenks High School is the 2017-18 Jenks Public Schools District Teacher of the Year. An instructor of Special Education English, Greenhaw was selected from a group of ten JPS Site Teachers of the Year by a committee of former finalists for Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year.
Greenhaw, a native of Enid, Oklahoma, has worked at Jenks during her entire 16-year teaching career. Her selection marks the second straight year an educator from Jenks High School has been named District Teacher of the Year. Shala Marshall, a Spanish teacher at JHS, received the honor last year.
“Being selected as District Teacher of the Year is truly an honor,” stated Greenhaw. “To be chosen from among my peers at Jenks Public Schools, where we have some of the most talented and hardest-working educators in the entire nation, is extremely humbling. I have the utmost respect and admiration for my fellow teachers, and I am so blessed to be able to represent our great District throughout the upcoming year.”
Respected by her colleagues for her dedication and leadership, and loved by her students for her ability to inspire, engage, and create a positive learning culture, Greenhaw is continuously searching for ways to improve her site and ignite a passion within the teenagers who sit in her classroom.
“The simple answer as to why I do what I do is the students,” Greenhaw remarked. “My students motivate me to be the best teacher I can be. I strive to help them focus on being a better person, learner, and citizen. I want them to know I believe in them. Teaching students who have not been successful in the past and seeing them achieve success in the present, is the ultimate inspiration for me.”
Amy Greenhaw (center) stands on stage with her family at the JPS Employee Appreciation Banquet after being named the District Teacher of the Year.