Jarman Principal Receives Recognition
Jarman Elementary School Principal Shawna Thompson has been named the 2015 University of Oklahoma Young Educator. She will receive the award during a special presentation in March.
The Young Educator Award honors practicing educators who have demonstrated distinctive achievements in elementary, secondary, or community education careers. Winners must be alumni of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education who have not passed their 40th birthday.
“I’m truly honored and humbled to be a part of this celebration,” says Thompson, citing retired Superintendent Dr. Cathy Burden as the 2003 recipient for the Career Teacher Award and Associate Superintendent Dr. Kathy Dodd, who received the Outstanding Educator Award in 2012. “They, of course, are very deserving and have been amazing role models in education.”
“(Shawna) is so very deserving of such an honor,” says Sandi Calvin, executive director of elementary education.
Every spring, at its Celebration of Education dinner, the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education presents awards to alumni, friends or advocates of education who have achieved state, national or international distinction in their fields of endeavor.
Recipients show consistent commitment and continued service in educational roles in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades, community education, post-secondary education, or in non-classroom careers in elementary and secondary schools.
Recipients are practicing or former educators who have a record of quality programs and effective interactions with colleagues and the public, and they have demonstrated commitment to quality classroom instruction through consistent programming and teaching strategies that embrace high expectations for student learning which both excite and challenge students to perform to their highest potential.