Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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January 22, 2013

Close to home for top teacher

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Once the five honorees are announced they each go through what is described as a lengthy application process by members of the local Professional Development Committee.

The committee is made up of representatives from each PV school and the area of special education.

With the committee ultimately choosing the district teacher of the year, members look at a whole list of things for each teacher, including their education, experience and the areas that go “above and beyond” the classroom teaching.

Jeanie Menefee is JELC’s longtime principal who serves as a non-voting member on the committee.

“It’s not always easy choosing the teacher of the year, but the committee always goes into it open-minded,” Menefee said.

“It is such a great honor when it comes from your peers,” she said with a few tears tossed in during Monday’s gathering.

Darsha Huckabaa is PV’s school superintendent now but she remembers the honor of being selected early in her teaching career as a site teacher of the year at a school here.

“I thought at the time that with all the great teachers it was a great honor to be selected by your peers,” Huckabaa said.

”That’s why it’s such a great honor; because their selected by their peers,” she said.

“With all the wonderful teachers they could have chosen, it was just such a great honor to be the one chosen.”

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