The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 9, 2012

Plummer named EPS teacher of the year

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID — A McKinley Elementary School kindergarten teacher is the 2012 teacher of the year for Enid Public Schools.

Alyssa Plummer stood with the other building-level teachers of the year and didn’t seem to notice the words she’d written about herself for the teacher of the year reviews were being read until last year’s teacher of the year was nearly finished reading them.

“For me, the greatest reward of teaching is seeing each student’s gains,” read Shawna Tanner, who also teaches at McKinley. “Some gains are large and some are small, but for each child, the gains are a major step in their development. … As I promote each class, a little bit of each student stays with me, and I hope that a little bit of me will stay with them.”

The announcement was made Tuesday evening during the Enid Education Association Retirement and Recognition Banquet.

About 250 people packed into the Enid High School food court for the annual ceremony and farewell dinner.

All 15 building-level teachers of the year were recognized during the recognition and retirement banquet.

The others honored were Gayla Becker, Monroe Elementary School; Bonnie Bryan, Coolidge Elementary School; Kent Chesser, Lincoln Academy; Beth Culver, Taft Elementary School; Stephanie Heinrich, Adams Elementary School; Jo Ella Marion, Longfellow Middle School; Robb Mills, Enid High School; Nicole Moneypenny, Hoover Elementary School; Teresa Murray, Eisenhower Elementary School; Cynthia Smith, Emerson Middle School; Kristen Tefft, Glenwood Elementary School; Ka-thy Vestal, Hayes Elementary School; and Melissa Weber, Waller Middle School.

However, Smith fits into the retirement category as well.

Retiring teachers recognized Tuesday evening were Barbara Banta, 23 years in education; Sheila Collins, 27 years in education; John Garvie, 33 years in education; Carolyn Harwood, 42 years in education; Marilyn Johnson, 29 years in education; Bea McCune, 30 years in education; Jan Robinson, 361⁄2 years in education; Sonya Slavin, 33 years in education; Carol Vincent, 31 years in education; and Cindy Wieden, 33 years in education.