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2016-2017 Teacher of the Year

Tamara Faylor


Tamara Faylor is reprising her role as a third grade teacher for her eighth year at Central Elementary. Originally from Alabama, Tamara taught third and fourth grade for five years in Huntsville. She moved to Tulsa to be near family who migrated several years prior. Her Bachelor's degree is from Athens State University, and she completed her Master's degree in reading instruction from Northeastern State University in the spring.

Tamara reveres education and strives to instill into her students an intrinsic appreciation and desire for learning. Teaching is a high calling to influence and educate children imparting the basic building blocks of learning and development and inspiring them to create.

A few things she enjoys outside her classroom, are community theatre, gardening, and traveling with family.

"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn"- John Cotton Dana

Student of the Month

Each month 2 outstanding third grade students are recognized and honored as the Central Elementary students of the month. Students exhibiting outstanding behavior and citizenship will be selected by the teachers.

National Board Certified Teachers

Oklahoma has a history of strong support for teachers seeking National Board Certification and ranks 9th in the nation with the most National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). To date, 3,076 Oklahoma teachers have achieved National Board Certification, accounting for 7 percent of the teaching workforce. Central Elementary is proud to have two National Board Certified Teachers on their faculty. Board certification is the highest mark of professional accomplishment. It allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom, and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession.

Mrs. Tracy Swarer
Tracy Swarer received National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood/ Generalist in 2008. She teaches 3rd grade at Central Elementary School. Tracy earned her B.S. in elementary education from NSU in Tahlequah.

Ms. Kelli Bogner
Kelli Bogner earned National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 2008. She has taught Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and third grade. Her degrees include a B.A. in Elementary Education from North Central College in Naperville , IL , and a M.Ed from Regent University in Newport Beach , VA. She holds certification in early childhood and elementary education, with middle school endorsements in language arts and social science.

Dr. Jill Steeley
Dr. Jill Steeley earned National Board Certification in Literacy in 2006. Dr. Steeley has taught all elementary grades and a high school reading lab, as well as twelve years in teacher education at Oral Roberts University. Her degrees include a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in reading, and an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction. Dr. Steeley holds certification in elementary education, as a reading specialist, and as an elementary principal, as well as middle school endorsements in language arts, social studies and science.

Tiger Cub of the Month

Tiger Cub of the Month is awarded to students who have behaved exceptionally well for the month. Classroom, recess, cafeteria, bus behavior, and attitude are considered for this recognition. The honor is given to one child in each class. Students receive their certificate and ribbon at the monthly Rise and Shine Assembly.