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2018-2019 Teacher of the Year

Lisa Stanbery



Mrs. Lisa Stanbery is in her 4th year of teaching special education at Coweta Public Schools. She began her teaching career in 1992 in Drumright, Oklahoma. She taught Title I math and 6th grade for one year. She then taught 6th-8th grade special education for four years. From 1997-2005, she was a special education teacher for Glenpool Elementary. During that time she was named Educator of the Month twice. In 2005, she transferred to Broken Arrow Public Schools where she taught 4th grade for one year and special education pre-school for nine years. While teaching in Broken Arrow, she was named Teacher of the Year for her site during the 2012-2013 school year. It is with great honor that she was named Central Elementary's Teacher of the Year for the 2018-2019 school year.

Mrs. Stanbery earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Oklahoma State University in May 1992. Her certifications include Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Mentally Handicapped, Multiple Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Specific Learning Disabilities.

She continues her education by attending workshops, scoring National Board Certification applicants, and working closely with her staff. She is a member of the Griffins Promise Education Team. Mrs. Stanbery also assists on the School Intervention Team. She is currently the Special Education Lead Teacher for her building. In the past, she has offered workshops to other staff members, nanny companies, children's church leaders, and parents. She believes, "Every child is gifted, it's my job to discover, encourage, and build upon that gift."

Mrs. Stanbery is supported by her husband of 28 years, Jackie Stanbery. They have three amazing children; Ashlynn, Blaine, and Carlee. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Stanbery loves watching her children play soccer, reading, sewing, and creating new games/activities for her students. She is the team manager for her son's soccer team and the membership chairperson for Coweta High School Soccer Booster Club. She credits her teaching abilities to her late father, Kenneth Jackson, who taught her that building a relationship with students is the most important thing in the teaching/learning environment.

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.