Broken Arrow High School teacher named 2018 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- Broken Arrow High School science teacher Donna Gradel has been named the 2018 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.

Gradel has been at Broken Arrow for 22 years, and teaches biology, environmental science and advanced placement courses.

“A professional like Donna Gradel has the choice of any career possible, yet she has chosen to dedicate her life to educating students in Broken Arrow,” Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “Her passion, wit and intelligence inspires students to believe in themselves and to know they are capable of changing the world. There is no better person to represent public education in the state of Oklahoma and beyond.”

The school district celebrated Gradel's victory in a Facebook post:

Gradel is the third Broken Arrow teacher to win the award, joining Linda Kay (1995) and Kay Long (1998).

Gradel integrates real-world problems into projects for her students. The most recent project involved working to supply clean water and food for orphans in Kenya, the district said.

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