Broken Arrow, Bartlesville, Sand Springs, Porter teachers '14 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year finalists

TULSA - State Superintendent Janet Barresi announced Wednesday the 12 finalists for the 2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year and among the contenders are four educators from Green Country.

Frank Cooper, of Sand Springs' Charles Page High School; Therese Rawlinson, of Bartlesville's Jane Phillips Elementary School; Jentri Guinn, of Porter High School; and Tera Landrum, of Broken Arrow's Oak Crest Elementary School, have a chance at representing Oklahoma in the national Teacher of the Year competition.

The winner of the national award will receive more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.

"The happiest part of my job is being able to notify 12 very excited finalists that they have been nominated for the highest teaching honor in our state," said Barresi.  "These teachers have demonstrated their superior devotion to children in their classrooms and a great deal of talent in giving their students the knowledge and thinking skills that will help them succeed both in and beyond the school environment."

Cooper is a 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade world history and comparative religions teacher in the Sand Springs School District.  He has 20 years of experience.

Rawlinson, a fifth-grade teacher in Bartlesville, has nine years of experience.

Guinn is a 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade English teacher in the Porter Consolidated School District with eight years of experience.

Landrum, a fifth-grade teacher for the Broken Arrow School District, has three years of experience.

The 12 finalists were selected by committees comprised of teachers, parents and community members.  A state committee comprised of education, business and civic leaders will choose the winner, who will be announced at the Oklahoma State Fair in September.

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