By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
A surprise visit from the boss can be cause for anxiety.
But for five local teachers, Superintendent Rick Cobb popped in with the good news that they had been selected as finalists for the Mid-Del School District Teacher of the Year.
The finalists include: Erin Campbell of Schwartz Elementary, Katie Coullandreau of Del City Elementary, Chief Ralph Humphrey of Carl Albert High School, Stephanie Skidmore of Carl Albert Middle School, and Rashid Troupe of Del City High School.
The Mid-Del School District Teacher of the Year will be announced Feb. 22 during an event at the newly renovated Midwest City High School Performing Arts Center.
Cobb said he enjoys opportunities to honor teachers for their hard work.
“Driving around the district and announcing our Teacher of the Year finalists is always one of my favorite things to do,” Cobb said. “In a year when all of our staff deserve special recognition, this was exceptionally gratifying. I’m excited for the next steps in the teacher of the year process, just as I’m still excited to hear whether last year’s district teacher of the year will win at the state level. It’s just great to showcase some of the amazing teachers we have serving Mid-Del’s students.”
Campbell teaches first grade at Schwartz Elementary and has been named the school’s teacher of the year nominee twice. She has worked in education for 17 years including the past 12 at Mid-Del Schools.
Coullandreau is in her third year of teaching at Mid-Del Schools. She currently serves as an art teacher for grades PreK through 5 at Del City Elementary.
Humphrey teaches algebra and geometry at Carl Albert High School. He has been teaching nine years, including five with the JROTC program.
Skidmore teaches eighth-grade math at Carl Albert Middle School. She has worked at the district for five years and was previously named teacher of the year at Jarman Middle School.
Troupe teaches biology, physical science and STOMP at Del City High School. This is his third year with the school district.
The finalists and winner are selected by the district’s professional development committee, which includes teachers, faculty and administrators from across the district, as well as one parent. Each of the 22 school sites selected a nominee for the District Teacher of the Year Award.
The five finalists will compete in a round of interviews, submit multiple essays, and submit a video including a classroom lesson.
Stephanie Terry, of Del City High School, was last year’s Mid-Del School District Teacher of the Year. She was also named a finalist for State Teacher of the Year honor.