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Teacher of the Year finalist Teresa Lansford, is greeted by Joy Hofmeister as her selection is announced during the EngageOK on the Road event at Norman North High School on Thursday, July 12, 2018 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Teacher of the Year finalist Teresa Lansford, is greeted by Joy Hofmeister as her selection is announced during the EngageOK on the Road event at Norman North High School on Thursday, July 12, 2018 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Happy Friday! The state Department of Education has named the 12 finalists for 2019 Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year. They are: 

Teresa Lansford (Norman); Jessica Robinson (Altus Public Schools); Warren Neff (Bartlesville); V. Jannean Thompson (Berryhill); Carol Hunsperger (Grove); Jenny Morphis (Hilldale); Amy Greenhaw (Jenks); Michelle Shelton (Noble); Catherine Adams (Piedmont); Shari Gateley (Putnam City); Natalie Fielden (Sapulpa); and Rebecca Oglesby (Yukon).

You can read more about the finalists here

Committee has five finalists for new Lee School name

The committee charged with giving Lee School a new name has five finalists for what the school will finally be called, reports the Tulsa World. None of them have the Lee surname.

The five potential names chosen by the second ad-hoc committee are Abraham Lincoln (16th president of the United States), Clara Luper (civil rights activist), Woody Guthrie (folk singer), Maple Ridge (neighborhood) and Council Oak (tree at 18th Street and Cheyenne Avenue).

Those five names will be presented at the first of three charrettes — community meetings — this weekend. The names were provided to the World Wednesday.

Lawton teens mowing lawns for school supplies

While some students are taking it easy this summer, a group of teenagers in Lawton are spending their summer break mowing lawns to raise money for school supplies.

"Everyday, we get up at like 9 o clock cut grass and ask people,” Elijah Smith, 15, told KSWO

Short and sweet today. Have a great weekend! 

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Teacher of the Year finalist Teresa Lansford, is greeted by Joy Hofmeister as her selection is announced during the EngageOK on the Road event at Norman North High School  on Thursday, July 12, 2018 in Norman, Okla.  She is a teacher librarian for Pre-K through fifth grade at Lincoln Elementary School in Norman Public Schools. She has been an educator for 14 years and has held her current position for six years.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Teacher of the Year finalist Teresa Lansford, is greeted by Joy Hofmeister as her selection is announced during the EngageOK on the Road event at Norman North High School on Thursday, July 12, 2018 in Norman, Okla. She is a teacher librarian for Pre-K through fifth grade at Lincoln Elementary...

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Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›

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