Broken Arrow Express
This is the Broken Arrow Express’ final installment of Broken Arrow Public Schools’ 2015-16 Teachers of the Year, recognizing Elizabeth Benavides, Katherine Benight, Susan Graham, Kari Bergeron and Jack Castle. As the new school year prepares to begin, let’s not forget to thank all of Broken Arrow’s outstanding educators!
Elizabeth Benavides, Centennial Middle School’s Teacher of the Year, has been teaching for 14 years, six of those years with Broken Arrow Public Schools.
Benavides graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and from National State University with a teaching credential in special education. She teaches special education to students with autism.
Childers Middle School’s Teacher of the Year Katherine Benight teaches Language and Literature. She graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in English education with experience in grammar, reading, British Literature and ESL.
Susan Graham teaches sixth and seventh grade English at Oliver Middle School and is its Teacher of the Year.
Graham graduated from Broken Arrow High School and earned her elementary education degree from Oklahoma State University. She has spent all of her teaching years with Broken Arrow Public Schools, teaching at Haskell Middle School before moving to Oliver.
The Freshman Academy’s Teacher of the Year Kari Bergeron graduated from Oral Roberts University. She currently teaches Algebra I and has taught in various school districts and is certified to teach math subjects from Algebra to Calculus.
Teacher of the Year Jack Castle at the Broken Arrow Academy has taught at the Academy since 2000. After retiring from the U.S. Marines, Castle returned to school and graduated from Northwestern University.
He teaches astronomy, biology, physical science, AP environmental science and forensic science.
Castle calls his time with the Academy as one of the most fulfilling adventures of his life.