Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

January 20, 2014

Top teachers get their day

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — One more round of good marks has led to Pauls Valley’s top teachers being named at each local school.

That means teachers at each of the PV sites has been honored as the best at their individual schools.

Given the nod for the current 2013-2014 school year are Ainslee Davis at Jefferson Early Learning Center, Charla Forrester at Jackson Elementary, Sandra Alexander at Lee Elementary, Churee Chaffin at the junior high and Drew Etheredge at Pauls Valley High School.

School Superintendent Darsha Huckabaa, a former teacher here, knows how big a deal it is to be honored as the top teacher of the year at a school.

“It’s truly an honor for these teachers to be named teacher of the year at their schools,” Huckabaa said.

“It’s a big honor because they’re elected by their peers.”

The way the process works is each teacher receives a ballot with the names of all teachers at the different schools.

Votes are counted by the school’s principal and that site’s representatives on the Professional Development Committee (PDC).

Once the winners are selected each one then fills out what is described as an “intensive” application, which will eventually go to the PDC for a more thorough review.

From there committee members vote on which of the five will be PV’s district teacher of the year.

That winner is scheduled to be announced on Monday, Jan. 20.

Now a closer look at this year’s site winners.

• Ainslee Davis, born and raised in Pauls Valley and a 1997 graduate of PVHS, is a pre-kindergarten teacher at Jefferson.

She has been teaching preschool in PV for the past 10 years.

She and her husband Jamie have three boys - Corbin, Jonnah and Elijah.

• Charla Forrester, a PV resident since the third grade and a 1981 PVHS grad, teaches music and art at Jackson for the first through third grades.

Forrester has taught at PV Schools for all 13 years of her teaching career.

She and her husband Brent have two children - Kyle of Stillwater and Heather of PV.

• Sandra Alexander, a Wynnewood graduate, is a fourth grade teacher at Lee.

This is her second year in the position after teaching in Lexington for 13 years.

She has three grown children and one grandson. Her daughter Heather Rowland is a third grade teacher at Jackson.

• Churee Chaffin, a 1983 grad in Sulphur, is an English teacher at the junior high.

In her 18-year career in education she has taught at Marlow, Lone Grove and now in Pauls Valley.

She and her husband Gary have been married for 30 years. They have two children and one grandchild.

• Drew Etheredge, a 1999 graduate in Ardmore, is the director of bands for PV Schools.

During his college days at the University of Oklahoma he was a “proud” member of the Pride of Oklahoma marching band, along with the concert and jazz bands.

All of his nine years of teaching have been here in PV with the first five as an assistant to Stan Stevenson.