Sayre Teachers of the Year announced

Sayre Public Schools announced their site teachers of the year last week. Recognized during their early morning faculty meeting at Sayre High School/Middle School on Thursday were Sandra Hunter and Dan Moran. Shelley Gordon and Brook Plummer were later announced as the elementary nominees during the Rise and Shine Assembly.

With a room full of excited elementary students, Early Childhood Principal Krista Holland was first to announce this year’s pre-K through second grade teacher of the year, Mrs. Shelley Gordon.

“She is the epitome of what a teacher should be-hard working, always on task. I don’t think I have ever walked by and she wasn’t on her feet teaching,” Holland said when making the announcement. “She is constantly learning new effective ways to reach students, but most of all, she truly cares about each one of her students.”

Mrs. Gordon has been teaching at Sayre elementary for the last 33 years. She taught second grade for 11 years before moving to the first grade classroom where she has taught for the past 22 years. Mrs. Gordon graduated with an Associate’s Degree from Sayre Junior College and commuted to Weatherford to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. It is her belief is that teachers should see each day as an opportunity to show students that they care and should strive to be sensitive to what is going on in their lives. “There is a lot more to teaching than just education,” she said. “Every student has the potential to learn, and teachers help to inspire them to love learning.”

Mrs. Gordon has been married to husband, Joe, for 37 years and they reside in the country near Carter. They have been blessed with two children and five grandchildren: Dustin and Ashley Gordon and children Harrison, Hunter and Holly reside in Mangum, and Carli and Adam Hicks and children, Emily and Addison, reside in Edmond. “I am grateful for the opportunity to teach and hope that I not only educate students, but make a lasting positive impact on their lives. I believe teaching is a calling and not just a career,” she added.

Elementary Principal Smith Steigleder was next to announce Brook Plummer as the upper elementary teacher of the year, explaining to the students that the teacher of the year is determined by a vote of the teachers. “You...

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