Education Award

Tuesday April 26, 2022

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2021 Excellence in Education Award Winners

2021 Student of the Year

Samantha Wilkins is from Moore High School.

Samantha is among the most elite seniors that have gone through Moore High School. Samantha was a drum major with Moore High School band; Samantha is responsible for the organization, planning and execution of the marching bands choreography. Additionally, she is first chair flute in the concert band and is the pianist for the jazz band. Her success is also shown in choir where she has achieved all region status including numerous superior ratings.

Samantha also shines academically, where she has earned a robust 4.20 GPA. Her teachers describe her classroom presence as intelligent, motivated, trustworthy, and helpful. Samantha’s nominating principal was quoted saying, “Having entered my nineteenth year as Principal of Moore High School, Ms. Wilkins is truly a rarity in humility and modesty despite having extraordinary impact on leadership, academic excellence, and culture at our school.” Samantha plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and major in music education where she hopes to achieve her lifelong goal of being a band director.

2021 Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year, Elke Grether from Western Heights Middle School

This individual is a dedicated educator and has devoted their career to serving under-privileged communities. The greatest instructional challenge facing educators today and in the future is closing the educational equity gap. In their multifaceted role at school, our winner demonstrates a masterful ability to teach, counsel, encourage, and impart our school, district, and state objectives to students. During their second year at their current school, they partnered with American Institute of Research (AIR) to bring the “Homework Solution Study using ASSISTments” research project to their middle school, which offers the students the opportunity to utilize a math skill-building tool proven to increase student performance on standardized tests.

This tool offers both remediation opportunities for struggling learners and enrichment opportunities for advanced learners. They were also able to get several certifications and were encouraged to play a larger role in the community where they hope to put Western Heights Middle School on the map by forming strong, collaborative relationships with teachers and other educational professionals from across the nation.

2021 Administrator of the Year

Administrator of the Year, Danny Reed from Southmoore High School

This administrator is a strong advocate for teachers and students and possesses the personal characteristics that makes for an outstanding role model with empathy, productive communication and service. With this exceptional leadership, the school was able to raise over $34,000 for the Moore Love Campaign earning the honor of the Moore Public Schools top high school in the campaign.

Our winner has been quoted to say, “It was a team effort,” which they are right; but they have built a strong, committed group of people who are proud to lead and serve. Not only is the winner a great leader, but genuinely kind, helpful, and eager to become personally involved. As an example, they are fluent in Spanish and often works to act as an interpreter or teacher of record for Spanish in the virtual class offerings.