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Delaney Kane and Deborah McClellan

In a gathering at the University of Tulsa’s Allen Chapman Student Union, Tulsa Public Schools announced the district’s 2024 Teacher of the Year and 2024 Support Professional of the Year. Cooper Elementary first grade dual language teacher Delaney Kane was named as the 2024 Tulsa Public Schools Teacher of the Year and Emerson Elementary health assistant Deborah McClellan was named as the 2024 Support Professional of the Year.

“Delaney and Deborah represent the passionate educators and professionals from Team Tulsa who serve Tulsa children and families every day,” said Superintendent Dr. Ebony Johnson. “Nothing compares to what dedicated people accomplish with our young people. I am so grateful for the extraordinary commitment from our Teacher and Support Professional of the Year to our young people, to their teams, and to their broader school communities.” 

Delaney Kane is a first grade dual language teacher at Cooper Elementary. This is her fifth year working for Tulsa Public Schools. Her colleagues say she is great at building a learning environment in which students can thrive and helps her fellow teachers do the same.

Deborah McClellan is the health assistant at Emerson Elementary. She has been a member of Team Tulsa for 27 years and has worked at Emerson for five years. She loves to help students in any way she can, often going above and beyond her duties as a health assistant. Deborah is a proud Booker T. Washington alum.

The Foundation for Tulsa Schools provides support for awards for Teacher of the Year and Support Professional of the Year winners and finalists. The Foundation for Tulsa Schools is grateful for the support of its donors: Donnie Duntley of Creating & Managing Wealth, LLC and Anhna Vuong and Darrell Ross, sponsors of the Jim Howard Impact Award, for supporting the monetary awards for our winners and finalists.

The University of Tulsa played an instrumental role in making this celebration a reality through their generous hospitality and sponsorship.

Click through the slideshow below to see photos from the celebration.

Teacher of the Year and Support Professional of the Year Celebration - May 2024