Broken Arrow Teacher Selected as Teacher of the Year Finalist


Broken Arrow Public Schools teacher Donna Gradel selected as state Teacher of the Year finalist

Picture of Donna Gradel.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education named Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) teacher Donna Gradel as one of 12 finalists for the 2018 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year during the State Department of Education’s EngageOK education conference.

“Donna Gradel is not only an amazing teacher in her classroom, but she is also a positive example to students and adults alike. She truly believes that everyone can make a difference in the world,” Broken Arrow High School (BAHS) Principal Liz Burns said. “It is an honor to work alongside her, watching as she ignites a passion within her students for science and service. We are fortunate that she has chosen to share her talents with Broken Arrow.”

Classroom picture of Donna Gradel

After an intensive evaluation and interview process, Gradel was named the 2017 district Teacher of the Year for Broken Arrow Public Schools in April. The State Department of Education’s regional selection committees, which is comprised of teachers, parents and community members, reviewed Teacher of the Year portfolios for those selected across the state. The committees then select the 12 finalists with two finalists from each region.

Gradel, who has taught science at Broken Arrow High School for 21 years, will represent BAPS at the 2018 Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year ceremony this fall.

Read more about Gradel’s teaching journey.


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