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Lindbergh TA is 2016 Support Employee of the Year

Updated

Date/Time

4/19/2016 , to

Location

Lindbergh

931 S. 89 E. Ave.
918-833-8700

Contact

Chris Payne

918-746-6898
paynech@tulsaschools.org

Support Employee of the Year In a surprise celebration at her school, Superintendent Deborah A. Gist announced the winner of the 2016 Support Employee of the Year for Tulsa Public Schools. Gist was joined by Board President Dr. Lana Turner-Addison, District Four Board Member Shawna Keller, and the eight award finalists.

Lindbergh Elementary teacher assistant Melinda Taylor was announced as the 2016 Support Employee of the Year at a surprise assembly. She was celebrated and congratulated by her students, colleagues, family members and district representatives who were part of the surprise.

Taylor started an after school robotics program for fourth through sixth graders and volunteers with the robotics team at Memorial High School. As Lindbergh´┐Żs PTO president, she makes sure there are ongoing activities to encourage parents to spend more time with their children and become involved with the school.

"Ms. Taylor is devoted to Lindbergh students and families," Gist said. "She provides important one-on-one supports in the classroom that help all students succeed. Ms. Taylor comes to work every day with a smile on her face and is always happy to lend a helping hand. She believes that children can do anything if someone shows them how, believes in them, works beside them and cheers them on -- and she lives this belief every day."

Taylor was selected out of five finalists for the award. The four other Support Employee of the Year finalists were:

  • Kerri Biggs, paraprofessional at Thoreau Demonstration Academy;
  • Vicki Campbell, special facilities principal's secretary;
  • Lela Clayton, parent involvement facilitator at Remington Elementary School; and
  • Gerald Cook, preventative maintenance craftsperson for the facilities department.

Earlier in the morning, Cooper Elementary P.E. teacher Robert Kaiser was announced as the 2016 Teacher of the Year at a similar assembly.

 


 

Cooper PE teacher is TPS' 2016 Teacher of the Year

Updated 4/19/2016

Date/Time

4/19/2016 , to

Location

Cooper

1808 S. 123 E. Ave.
918-746-9480

Contact

Chris Payne

918-746-6898
paynech@tulsaschools.org

In a surprise celebration at his school, Superintendent Deborah A. Gist announced the winner of the 2016 Teacher of the Year for Tulsa Public Schools. Gist was joined by Board President Dr. Lana Turner-Addison, District Four Board Member Shawna Keller, and the eight other award finalists.

Cooper Elementary physical education teacher Robert Kaiser was named the 2016 Teacher of the Year at a surprise assembly in the school's gymnasium. He was celebrated and congratulated by his students, colleagues, family members and district representatives who were part of the surprise.

"Mr. Kaiser is deeply committed to helping his students achieve the greatest successes," Gist said. "He wears many hats at Cooper. He is not only the physical education teacher; he is also a basketball coach, an advocate for students with multiple disabilities, a student club leader, an after-school tutor and yearbook designer. He also supports his fellow teachers by leading professional development workshops and working as a faculty advisor for beginning teachers. I am so proud to name Robert Kaiser as the Tulsa Public Schools 2016 Teacher of the Year."

Kaiser wrote in his biography that "the successes I've had in teaching have always been the successes of my students. I have the opportunity to make a positive impact in a child's life every day I go to work. It is the greatest and most humbling gift I could have ever received."

Kaiser was selected out of five finalists for the award. The other Teacher of the Year finalists were:

  • Elyse Smith, math teacher at Mayo Demonstration School;
  • Kristina Vassella, drama teacher at Hale High School;
  • Elizabeth Wattoff, math teacher at Will Rogers College Junior High School; and
  • Merrie Wolf, math teacher at Memorial High School.

Kaiser will also become a candidate for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.

Later in the morning, Lindbergh Elementary teacher assistant Melinda Taylor was announced as the 2016 Support Employee of the Year at a similar assembly.

 


 

Batter up! For the Tulsa Drillers BasebALL STEM Day with the Circuit Chargers

Updated

Date/Time

4/18/2016 , 11:05 a.m. to

Location

Memorial High

5840 S. Hudson Ave.
918-8339600

Contact

Lane Matheson

918-991-8326
mathela@tulsaschools.org

Circuit Chargers The Circuit Chargers -- F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Team 932 -- from the Tulsa Engineering Academy at Memorial High School is partnering with the Tulsa Drillers to present the Drillers BasebALL STEM Day on Monday, April 18.

The game begins at 12:05 p.m., and gates open for hands-on STEM activities at 11:05 a.m.

The Drillers host from 4,000 to 5,000 elementary and middle school students at ONEOK Field each year for Field Trip Day baseball games. The Circuit Chargers have coordinated many interactive opportunities for the students to learn STEM through educational activities, booths and demonstrations from the makers of the ONEOK Field, local STEM businesses and several F.I.R.S.T. robotics teams. The goal is to offer a fun way for students to learn more about STEM while also enjoying a Drillers baseball game.

The Tulsa Drillers and the Circuit Chargers partnership for BasebALL STEM Day will benefit Joy to the Rescue's project "Kids in Crisis." The Kids in Crisis program provides backpacks filled with items to comfort children being taken into protective custody by local law officers. The Circuit Chargers have pledged 1,500 battery-free flashlights to this program to place in the backpacks. The flashlights operate through the application of physics principles. Opportunities for game day participants to learn and benefit from these flashlights will be part of this fun-filled day.

The Circuit Chargers invite businesses to be a part of this exciting event by being a sponsor. Sponsorships help to place STEM activity kits into participating classrooms and flashlights into the Joy to the Rescue's backpacks.

For more information about Tulsa Drillers BasebALL STEM Day, contact Lane Matheson at frcteam932@gmail.com.

(F.I.R.S.T. stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology." It is the largest robotics competition in the world for elementary, middle and high school students. For more information, visit www.firstinspires.org.)

 


 

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