Stars of Education/Teacher of the Year

May 01, 2018

Every spring, The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools honors those who do the day-to-day work of educating our city’s children.

The community-wide celebration starts in the fall of each school year when District staff, students, parents and community members submit nominations for the Partners in Action Community Partner of the Year, Super Support Staff Awards and Valuable Volunteer Awards.

Each school site also selects their “Building Teacher of the Year” each fall.  This gives the district’s top educators time to put together a comprehensive portfolio demonstrating the educator’s teaching philosophy, which is then reviewed by past district Teachers of the Year finalists, honorees and state Teachers of the Year.  With a lot of hard work, these submissions are narrowed down to an elite group of finalists, who compete to represent the Oklahoma City Public School District in the State Teacher of the Year competition.

The celebration is in the spring as site-based award ceremonies are held throughout the District celebrating the top partnerships, support staff and volunteers.  As the school year draws to a close, the Stars of Education celebration concludes with the district Teacher of the Year announcement.

Please join The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools as we celebrate this event — May 1, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. — at the Historic OKC Farmers Public Market. Business attire is suggested. Please RSVP to or 405-604-5977.

Here are the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year finalists:

  • Cynthia Bothwell, Capitol Hill High School, Algebra I
  • Anthony Chancellor, Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School, Grade Leadership
  • Dwight Cunkle, Horace Mann Elementary School, Elementary Vocal Music
  • Joanna Eldridge, Edgemere Elementary School, Special Education, Pre-K – sixth
  • Dr. Doretha Guion-Colbert, F.D. Moon Academy, fourth grade
  • Jamie Hinds, Webster Middle School, English Language Development
  • Kyla Kaufman, Bodine Elementary School, Visual Arts Instructor
  • Jami Keys, Coolidge Elementary School, first grade
  • Cara Viviani, Sequoyah Elementary School, Pre-K

Previous Winners

  • Madison Wingate, Pierce Elementary School, 2017
  • Rebecka Graffigna – Linwood Elementary, 2016
  • Samantha Murch – Star Spencer High School, 2015
  • Meredith Ziegler – Wilson Arts Integration Elementary, 2014
  • Heather Meldrum – Stanley Hupfeld Western Village Academy, 2013
  • Daniel Buckmaster – Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School, 2012
  • Nikki Cowshow – Edgemere Elementary, 2011
  • Meredith Wronowski – Capitol Hill High School, 2010
  • Jennifer Robinson – Classen School of Advanced Studies, 2009
  • Heather Sparks – Taft Middle School, 2008
  • Michael Payne – Classen School of Advanced Studies, 2007
  • Sanford Jackson – Taft Middle School, 2006
  • Robyn Hilger – Bell Isle Enterprise Middle School, 2005
  • Jill Scott – Andrew Johnson Elementary School, 2004
  • Michael McGuire – Northeast Academy, 2003

Thank you to our 2017-2018 Stars of Education sponsors!

Diamond Sponsors — $10,000

  • Cliff and Leslie Hudson
  • Dick and Glenna Tanenbaum
  • SONIC, America's Drive-In

Platinum Sponsors — $5,000

  • American Fidelity Foundation
  • Continental Resources, Inc.
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores
  • Oklahoma City Thunder

Gold Sponsors — $2,500

  • ARVEST Bank
  • AT&T Oklahoma
  • Chaparral Energy
  • Cox
  • OGE
  • Oklahoma Heart Hospital
  • INTEGRIS Health
  • Meg Salyer / Accel Financial Staffing
  • Natalie Shirley

Silver Sponsors — $1,500

  • BC Clark Jewelers
  • Devon Energy
  • Dobson Technologies
  • E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation
  • Fred Jones Family Foundation
  • Hogan Taylor LLP
  • Mammoth Energy Services
  • Verizon
  • University of Central Oklahoma - College of Education and Professional Studies
  • WEOKIE Credit Union

Bronze Sponsors — $500

  • The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City
  • Arvest Foundation
  • Ascent Resources
  • BancFirst
  • Bank of America
  • The Boldt Company
  • Candor
  • Clayton and Marnie Taylor
  • George and Cristina McQuistion
  • Harrison-Orr Air Conditioning, LLC
  • Kevin Gordon
  • Nathan and Diana Shirley
  • Oklahoma City Community College
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
  • SandRidge Energy
  • The Walton Family Foundation
  • University of Central Oklahoma