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UPDATE: Edmond educator named Okla. Teacher of the Year

Teacher of Year 2014 Peter Markes

Teacher of Year 2014 Peter Markes

UPDATE 11:50 a.m. - State Superintendent Janet Barresi has named Edmond North’s Peter Markes 2014 Okla. Teacher of the Year.

He teaches AP music theory.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Our state’s top teachers will celebrate a big announcement Tuesday.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi will reveal the finalists for the 2014 Teacher of the Year.

The brunch started at 9 a.m. for this year’s nominees and to recognize award winners from previous years.

It will be at Carriage Hall at State Fair Park.

2014 Teacher of the Year Finalists:

  • Barbara Bayless was a 3rd-grade teacher at James Griffith Intermediate School in the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District for the past five years. She will be a reading specialist in the coming school year. She has nine years of teaching experience.
  • Frank V. Cooper is a 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade world history and comparative religions teacher at Charles Page High School in the Sand Springs School District with 20 years of experience.
  • Jentri Guinn is a 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade English teacher at Porter High School in the Porter Consolidated School District with eight years of experience.
  • Betina Jones-Parra is a 10th- through 12th-grade  Advanced Placement calculus, pre-Advanced Placement calculus and Algebra II teacher at Noble High School in the Noble School District with 21 years of experience.
  • Tera Landrum is a 5th-grade teacher Oak Crest Elementary School in the Broken Arrow School District with three years of experience.
  • Peter L. Markes is an 8th- through 12th-grade string orchestra and Advanced Placement music theory teacher at Edmond North High School in the Edmond School District with 12 years of experience.
  • Dana Moore is a kindergarten teacher at Woodland Hills Elementary School in the Lawton School District with 19 years of experience.
  • Therese D. Rawlinson is a fifth-grade teacher at Jane Phillips Elementary School in the Bartlesville School District with nine years of experience.
  • Mara Richards is an 8th-grade science and pre-Advanced Placement physical science teacher at Durant Middle School in the Durant School District with 15 years of experience.
  • Susan Rindal is a prekindergarten teacher at Vanoss Elementary School in the Vanoss School District with 15 years of experience.
  • Chelsea Roberts is an 8th-grade American history teacher at Woodward Middle School in the Woodward School District with two years of experience.
  • Eddie Lou Strimple is a pre-kindergarten through 5th-grade music teacher at McKinley Elementary School in the Enid School District with 42 years of experience.