The Professional Development Committee oversees the process of selecting outstanding teachers to represent the district as Teacher of the Year. In an effort to give these teachers more time to prepare for their interviews, the Interview Selection Committee recommended that the process begin early in the year; The process is described below.
1. Nominate teachers from your site. (With permission from the nominee, names will be placed on the ballot in step 2.)
2. Vote to select Site Teacher of the Year.
3. Site Teachers of the Year may choose whether to continue to compete to represent the district as Jenks Teacher of the Year by participating in a review and interview process. The interview committee is composed of volunteers from the following:
Teachers of the Year, elected in the past five (5) years and presently employed at JPS, other teachers to insure that each site is represented, one (1) school board member, and one (1) administrator.
Former Interview Selection Committee members say this is an enjoyable committee because they are provided the opportunity to meet and listen to outstanding teachers from throughout the district. Upon request, the District Teacher of the Year may use three "sub days" from district funds designated for "official school business" to prepare for the state portfolio and video. Site Teachers of the Year will be formally introduced to Board of Education members at a reception prior to the December Board meeting. In addition, all of the Site Teachers of the Year selected in step 2 are invited to attend the Employee Recognition Banquet in February. A complimentary ticket is provided each Site Teacher of the Year. The District Teacher of the Year will be announced at the banquet.
Southeast Teachers of the Year
1991- Karol Day
1992- Stacy Black
1993- Cathie Searcy
1994- Delores Mayfield
1995- Connie VanHarn
1996- Shannon McCoy -Jenks Public Schools Teacher of the Year
1997- Patty Wood
1998- Lori Hicks
1999- Susan Cronk
2000- Chiyaki Shans -Jenks Public Schools Teacher of the Year
2001- Cathie Searcy -Jenks Public Schools Teacher of the Year
2002- Jean Evans
2003- Chere Sammons
2004- Sondra Reeder
2005- Judy Hodge -Jenks Public Schools Teacher of the Year
2006- Susan Petreikis -Jenks Public Schools Teacher of the Year / State Finalist Oklahoma
2007- Vicky Parker
2008 - Lindy Risenhoover
2009 - Kim McDaniel
2010 - Abbie Andrus
2012- Marjorie Gooding
Awards and Honors of Staff
The Vision of Excellence award is given each year to employees of the district who: "demonstrate leadership on a consistent basis, demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement on a consistent basis, demonstrate commitment to customer focus on a consistent basis and demonstrate commitment to teamwork in supporting the vision, mission, and goals of the school district on a consistent basis."
This is the criteria listed on the letter of explanation. The award was the real basis for the creation of the Foundation, back in 1987. We wanted to recognize the excellent employees and support staff of JPS. Each year 10 certified and 4 classified employees are recipient of the VOE. District Teacher of the Year is automatically a winner. They each receive a cash award from the Foundation in addition to the recognition. Nominations are taken in April for the award, to be handed out in August.
Vision of Excellence
Karol Day 1994, Cathie Searcy 1994, 2002, Shannnon McCoy 1997,1998, Cindy Tissue 1997, Susan Cronk 2000, Chiyaki Shans 2001, Jean Evans 2003, Chere Sammons 2004, Carla Taber 2005, Judy Hodge 2006, Susan Petreikis 2006, 2007, Stephanie Crabb 2007, Lindy Risenhoover 2008, Abbie Andrus 2009, Kim McDaniel 2010, Amy Berkinshaw 2012, Meredith Andrews 2013
National Board Certification-
Meredith Andrews and Denise Burns