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Mid-Del recognizes employees of the year

Tissa McClure King has been named the Mid-Del School District Teacher of the Year. Photo by Jeff Harrison

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

Mid-Del Schools celebrated its 80th anniversary and recognized outstanding employees last week during a banquet at the Mid-Del Learning and Services Center, the former Del-Crest Middle School.

District leaders presented awards to announced award winners for the top teacher, support employee, counselor, special services employee, assistant principal, and principal.

Tissa McClure King was named the Teacher of the Year. She is a third-grade teacher at Schwartz Elementary specializing in English Langue Arts. She’s worked for the district for 12 years.

“I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to represent our beautiful district of Mid-Del,” she said. “Honored, humbled, and proud are a few words to describe how I feel.”

Jeri Massey of Carl Albert Middle School was named the Support Employee of the Year. Massey has worked as a deaf education interpreter for Mid-Del Schools since 2007. During that time, she has worked at Del City High School, Carl Albert High School, Kerr Middle School, Jarman Middle School, Townsend Elementary, Soldier Creek Elementary and the Mid-Del Technology Center.

“I can’t even begin to express how honored and humbled I am to receive this award,” Massey said. “I’ve worked with so many amazing educators in the past 19 years. Seventeen of those years have been with Mid-Del Public Schools. Knowing that my efforts have been recognized by my peers and superiors is truly rewarding. It reminds me of the impact that I have on my students’ lives and the responsibility that comes with being an educator. I am grateful for the recognition and am inspired to keep pushing myself to be the best educational interpreter that I can be.”

Megan Paris received the Counselor of the Year Award. She has worked for the district for 17 years with 12 years as a teacher and five as a school counselor. She is in her first year as a counselor at Barnes and previously worked at Traub, Country Estates and Del City Elementary School.

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized alongside my peers. This would not even be possible without all the teachers, counselors, and principals who have supported me along the way. I love being a school counselor and can’t imagine doing anything else,” Paris said.

Christa Hegstrom, a special education teacher at Del City Elementary, was named the Special Services Employee of the Year. She has worked at Mid-Del Schools for 10 years with five years as a third-grade teacher and five years as a special education lab teacher.

“I’m extremely grateful the district chose to recognize a diverse group of educators this year,” Hegstrom said. “It is a privilege to be a part of the Mid-Del family, and I’m truly honored to receive this distinction.”

Assistant Principal of the Year went to Rebecca Hix of Del City Elementary School. She has been with the district for 17 years including the past two at her current position. She also worked at Tinker Elementary and served as a rotating instructional coach at Parkview, Highland Park, and Townsend.

“I am beyond honored to receive this award and grateful for the opportunities and training I have received in Mid-Del,” Hix said. “I had/have amazing bosses who poured into me and believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself. I am forever thankful for my amazing and supportive family making this life possible.”

Heather Dunn took home the Principal of the Year Award. She is in her fourth year as principal at Townsend Elementary School and previously worked as a teacher and reading specialist and instructional coach during her 14 years with Mid-Del Schools. Dunn also worked as an assistant principal at Santa Fe South Hills Elementary.

“It is a privilege to get to come to work every day to do a job I absolutely love with the best kids and the best educators,” Dunn said. “I am extremely grateful for the principals, leaders, and educators that have poured into me. My hope is that I do the same for others. I am thankful to Mid-Del for the support and for celebrating educators in such a big way. I am so honored to receive the award for ‘Principal of the Year.’”

Mid-Del Schools has held a teacher of the year banquet for several years but expanded the event this year to include more employees. Tissa McClure King will go on to compete in the state teacher of the year program.

The banquet was held in the former school cafeteria which has been remodeled for an event space.

Christa Hegstrom was named the Special Services Employee of the Year. Photo by Jeff Harrison

Jeri Massey of Carl Albert Middle School was named the Support Employee of the Year. Photo by Jeff Harrison

Megan Paris of Barnes Elementary has been named the Counselor of the Year. Photo by Jeff Harrison

Rebecca Hix was named the Assistant Principal of the Year. Photo by Jeff Harrison

Heather Dunn of Townsend Elementary was named the Principal of the Year. Photo by Jeff Harrison

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