Another teacher who is there at the beginning of a child’s education was named Ada City Schools’ Teacher of the Year at the annual Winter Awards Banquet hosted by the Cougar Education Organization (CEO) earlier this year.
Glenwood Early Childhood Center kindergarten teacher Shawna Harrison and fellow educator ‘Gertie’ won The System’s most prestigious honor.
Harrison, who received her bachelor’s in speech and education and master’s in education from ECU, began her teaching career 13 years ago in Byng. She also worked as a paraprofessional in Ada before becoming an Early Childhood teacher at Glenwood.
She follows fellow Glenwood educator Cindy Ardrey as TOY.
In a time of a multitude of movies, TV series and video games dedicated to super heroes and their alter egos, Harrison has created a puppet character named Gertie. Gertie attends Glenwood’s Friday morning Daybreak assemblies to teach students the word of the week and the ‘Seven Habits of a Happy Kid.’
“I believe that my purpose as an educator is to expand the knowledge base of each student by using interesting and exciting techniques designed for an optimal learning experience for each child,” Harrison said, adding that, as a teacher, it is her job to make learning fun and enjoyable so that it can lead the child to realize that learning is fun.”
CEO president Trudy Winter and top assistant Janet Truitt helped introduce the other TOY winners from the other five school sites. They were: Tara Neighbors, Hayes Grade Center; Darci Reeves, Washington Grade Center; Dana McNutt, Willard Grade Center; Kathy Krebbs, Ada Junior High; and Rhonda Medcalf, Ada High.
The Winter Awards Banquet, held March 3 at the Chickasaw Nation Community Center, was also highlighted by members of the Ada Education Foundation Association who presented the medallions to grant award winners