Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Honor Teachers

Boise City’s Destry Elms, second from right, was one of the students honoring teachers at OSSM.

OKLAHOMA CITY – February 25, 2008 – Senior students from the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics honored their favorite teachers recently with a special recognition ceremony held at the school.

More than 45 teachers from across the state traveled to Oklahoma City to be congratulated by former students for their commitment to excellence in education, as well as their positive influence on the lives of young people. Each senior invited a teacher from his or her home school district to spend the afternoon at OSSM touring the campus, attending class and meeting faculty.

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“Every student has a teacher that stands out in his or her memory as being an exceptional mentor and role model,” said Dr. Edna Manning, president of OSSM. “Teacher Appreciation Day is a yearly tradition at the school. We hold this event to recognize that a significant part of our students’ success is due to the outstanding education that they received from their former teachers. It also gives students the opportunity to thank these special teachers for their lifelong dedication to bettering the lives of young Oklahomans.”

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sandy Garrett presented certificates of appreciation to honorees. As certificates were awarded to each individual, KOCO TV News Anchor Tyler Suiters read an excerpt about that teacher from an essay written by the former student. This tribute added to the unique celebratory atmosphere of the event. The ceremony concluded with a reception honoring all educators, a well as guests in attendance, including several school principals, superintendents and state legislators.

The 64 seniors of OSSM will graduate on the steps of the state capitol in May.

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