The Oklahoma Department of Education has announced the list of this year's 12 finalists for the 2013 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.
On the list was Tulsa Public Schools' 2012 Teacher of the Year Lane Matheson. She has been a physics, robotics and engineering teacher at Memorial High School since 1996.
Matheson's career actually began with McDonnell Douglas Aerospace working on the International Space Station program. After reading an article that reported girls consistently score lower than boys in math, she decided to pursue a masters in secondary education and became certified in algebra, calculus and physics. Her knowledge has helped develop both the Memorial robotics team and the engineering program.
The other finalists for Teachers of the Year are, in alphabetical order:
The finalists were selected by committees of teachers, parents and community members. Two finalists were chosen from each of the six regions in the state. A state committee comprised of education, business and civic leaders will choose the winner, and State Superintendent Janet Barresi will announce the winner at the Oklahoma State Fair in September.
He or she receives more than $50,000 in cash and prizes from generous donors; serves as Oklahoma's "Ambassador of Teaching," presenting to teachers and civic groups throughout the state for one year; and will represent Oklahoma in the national Teacher of the Year competition.