Nine teachers are in the running for the title of top teacher in Oklahoma City Public Schools, and the winner will receive a special gift — a new vehicle courtesy of Randall Reed Ford.

“There is no one that is more deserving of such an honor,” said Randall Reed, owner of Randall Reed Ford. “Teachers do so much to help shape and mold our children’s minds and our communities.”

The finalists are:
Carol Fletcher-Knight: history, Rogers Middle School
David Helm: algebra, Capitol Hill High School
Kimberly Massicotte: history, John Marshall High School
Randa Reiger: visual art, Heronville Elementary
Matthew Ross: algebra, Northwest Classen High School
Bettie Shadoan: special needs, Monroe Elementary
Carrie Snyder-Renfro: family and consumer sciences/career and technology education, Oklahoma Centennial Mid-High School
Mary Tran: pre-engineering, Northeast Academy Health Science and Engineering Enterprise School
Meredith Ziegler: vocal music, Wilson Arts Integration Elementary

The 2014-2015 city schools Teacher of the Year will be named at a special event May 8, 2014. That evening, the winner will drive away in a new 2014 Ford Fusion or 2014 Ford Escape.

“Oklahoma City has some of the state’s most talented and dedicated teachers,” said Lori Dickinson, president of The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, which administers the Teacher of the Year program. “We have so many community partners who are interested in supporting and recognizing our outstanding educators, and we are thankful to Randall Reed Ford for providing this special gift.”

Randall Reed Ford sponsors other efforts to recognize area teachers but none quite so big as a free car. “We always believe it is important to support the school district, but this year we also wanted to find a special way to show our appreciation to the amazing teachers who go the extra mile for our children,” said Todd Ritz, general manager of Randall Reed Ford.

Each school has the option to select a building Teacher of the Year. A committee of district educators, including several former Teacher of the Tear finalists and winners, select the finalists and ultimately the district Teacher of the Year. Finalists must complete a written portfolio and a video of their classroom teaching. The selection committee conducts interviews with each finalist.
The winner will be announced May 8 at The Foundation’s Stars of Education ceremony, and this year’s winner will succeed 2014 District Teacher of the Year Heather Meldrum, a fifth-grade teacher at Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village. Each finalist receives $750. In addition to a vehicle, the winner will receive $1,500 and compete in the state Teacher of the Year contest.
Devon Energy and Chesapeake Energy Corp. are the presenting sponsors for the Teacher of the Year and Stars of Education program, which honors district staff, volunteers, and community organizations and business partnerships that provide outstanding support for the children and teachers in Oklahoma City Public Schools.
To learn more about Randall Reed Ford in Oklahoma City, visit Learn more about The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools at

Complete list of Oklahoma City Public Schools Building Teachers of the Year:

Adams Elementary: Patty O’Brion
Arthur Elementary: Debbie Neitzel
Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School: Linda Kerr
Bodine Elementary: Ryan Schweikhart
Britton Elementary: Alonzo Cowles
Buchanan Elementary: Kathy Buttry
Capitol Hill Elementary: Michelle Sanders
Capitol Hill High School: David Helm
Cesar Chavez Elementary: Cherry Mays
Classen School of Advanced Studies: Trena Brown
Cleveland Elementary: Carly Chambless
Columbus Enterprise Elementary: April Mickelson
Coolidge Elementary: Quentell Scott
Edgemere Elementary: Nancy Stalcuup
Emerson High School: Judith Evans
Eugene Field Elementary: Lindsey Woods
F.D. Moon Academy: Anjanette Wallace
Fillmore Elementary: Andrea Gibson
Gatewood Elementary: Dawn Collums
Green Pastures Elementary: Tori Elmquist
Greystone Upper Elementary: Gayle Howard
Hawthorne Elementary: Mary Ibanez
Hayes Elementary: Margaret Anne Herriott
Heronville Elementary: Preston Finney
Hillcrest Elementary: Megan Marshall
Jackson Middle School: Janet Jennings
Jefferson Middle School: Mary Weeter
John Marshall High School: Kimberly Massicotte
Johnson Elementary: Angela Absher
Kaiser Elementary: Rachel LeForce
Lee Elementary: Katherine Harper
Linwood Elementary: Taylor Snyder
Mark Twain Elementary: Nicole Washington
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary: Mary Geurin
Monroe Elementary: Bettie Shadoan
Nichols Hills Elementary: Koko Sparks
North Highland Elementary: Patricia Marable
Northeast Academy for Health Sciences & Engineering Enterprise School: Mary Tran
Northwest Classen High School: Matthew Ross
Oakridge Elementary: Shawntae Ballard
Oklahoma Centennial High School: Carrie Snyder-Renfro
Parmelee Elementary: Sharon Rysted
Pierce Elementary: Pamela Begley
Prairie Queen Elementary: Jesica Boulanger
Putnam Heights Elementary: Kellie Nelson
Quail Creek Elementary: Lynne Zahn
Ridgeview Elementary: Monica Green-Griffin
Rockwood Elementary: Michelle Dominguez
Rogers Middle School: Carol Fletcher-Knight
Sequoyah Elementary: Ashley Montgomery
Shidler Elementary: Ashley Desilva
Southeast High School: Chele Crosby
Southern Hills Elementary: Colby Torres
Stand Watie Elementary: Stephanie Cobb
Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village: Rachel Belmon
Star Spencer High School: Linda Brooks
Taft Middle School: Emily Ray
Telstar Elementary: School: Cynthia Wells
U.S. Grant High School: Orlando Ceville
Van Buren Elementary: Shelley Ellis
Webster Middle School: Elizabeth Kuhlman
West Nichols Hills Elementary: Jameica Seay
Westwood Elementary: Margot Rytter
Wheeler Elementary: Brandt Ratcliff
Willow Brook Elementary: Danita Foster-Ramsey
Wilson Elementary: Meredith Ziegler

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