OKLAHOMA CITY – While many are talking about the results of the third grade reading test, we don’t want to overlook a celebration for a teacher ever school and parent hope for.
Meredith Ziegler, the vocal music teacher at Wilson Arts Integration Elementary, was named the Oklahoma City Public Schools 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year during a ceremony Thursday at Will Rogers Theatre and was presented with a new car, courtesy of Randall Reed Ford.
Ziegler fulfilled a lifelong dream when she began teaching four years ago, entering the same field as her mother.
Ziegler has spent her four-year teaching career at Wilson and also directs the apprentice choir for the Canterbury Choral Society. She has a bachelor’s degree in vocal music from Oklahoma City University and is pursuing a master’s degree in education administration, curriculum and supervision from the University of Oklahoma.
The announcement was part of the Stars of Education event, which celebrates those who make a difference in the lives of students. Devon Energy, Chesapeake Energy Corp., Cox Communications and SONIC, America’s Drive-In, served as the event’s presenting sponsors. As part of a new partnership with The Foundation, Randall Reed Ford allowed the winning teacher to pick either a 2014 Ford Fusion or 2014 Ford Escape. The vehicle is for the teacher to keep, and the dealership will cover the cost of tax, title and license fees.
Ziegler will receive a $1,500 classroom grant and represent Oklahoma City Public Schools in the state Teacher of the Year contest. The statewide winner will be announced in September.