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OERB Teacher of the Game

Nikki Tolbert, Kenneth Cooper Middle School

"I hope my students remember that although they cannot go back and change the beginning, they can start where they are and change the ending."

Nikki Tolbert is an 8th grade science teacher in Putnam City Schools. She is from Altus, Ok and is married with one son. Nikki is in her 13th year of teaching. She has taught 7th and 8th grade science and has coached both athletic and Science Olympiad teams in Norman and in Oklahoma City. She loves being a science teacher.

Teresa Hugaboom, Hennessey Early Childhood Center

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.” Mr. Rogers I truly believe teaching pre-kindergarten is one of the most rewarding jobs in education! Working with our youngest learners is a true privilege. I am privileged to be their first teacher, to be a part of their first experience with school. Knowing that, I strive to create a positive, fun environment that fosters a love of learning. When each day is full of hugs, laughter and new experiences, it is more than just a job, it is an honor!"

Teresa is a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Hennessey Early Childhood Center. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and a Masters in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. This is her 14th year at Hennessey Public Schools and her 24th year in education. She and her husband, Damian, live in Hennessey where they raised our two sons, Gage (25) and Zane (21). They spend their time together traveling, golfing and hanging out with their two dogs, Finn and Piper. When not with family, she can be found reading or gardening.

Lindsay Floyd, Buchanan Elementary School

"I love being a teacher. I love forming a unique relationship with each student. I love the challenge of figuring out how each student learns. I love the responsibility of being a part of a young human’s intellectual and social development. I love being in a field that forces me to change and grow and improve every year. Children are capable of so much, but they need support from all aspects of their world (families, schools, communities). It is such a privilege and joy to be a small piece of that support."

Lindsay is originally from Texas, but she has grown to call Oklahoma home over the last 11 years. After receiving her bachelors degree from OU, Lindsay had the opportunity to teach English in Brazil for a year. This experience led her to pursue a career in K-12 education when she returned. After teaching sixth grade for 2 years in Lawton, Lindsay chose to pursue a masters degree in education from Vanderbilt University. Lindsay is currently a fourth-grade reading teacher at Buchanan Elementary School. At Buchanan, she serves as the fourth-grade team lead, coaches basketball, co-leads a student book club, and tutors after school. In her free time, Lindsay plays board games with her fiancé and friends, solves crosswords, and cross-stitches.

Lisa Steadman, Woodward Middle School

"In TAP, I tell students that it's never too early for students to start thinking about their futures, developing skills, and finding a sense of purpose in their lives."

Lisa graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University with a Natural Science Education degree. She taught science for 19 years before starting her current position in the Technical Applications Program. Her passion for education is teaching kids “real-life” skills in an exciting learning environment. She believes that if you love what you teach, the kids will love it too. She and her husband, Chris, have a ranch near Sharon, and Lisa enjoys spending her spare time with her kids, Cale & Jenna, cooking, gardening, and reading.

Katherine Hergenrether, Eisenhower Senior High School

"“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different, because I was important in the life of a (child).” This quote sums up well my feelings on why I left an engineering career to become a teacher in the hope of having a greater, more personal, impact on the lives of others."

Katherine was educated as a chemical engineer but changed careers to education pretty early on. She has been teaching at Eisenhower High School for 15 years. She teaches AP Calculus AB and BC, AP Chemistry, Accelerated Chemistry, and AP Computer Science. Katherine serves as the science department chair at Eisenhower and an AP Calculus AB grader for College Board. She has also been an AP consultant with the National Math and Science Initiative for 7 years. This position requires her to conduct student and teacher training sessions around the country.