OC Alum A Finalist For Teacher of the Year

The following story about OC alumnus Anthony Rose, written by Patty Miller, ran in the Aug. 2 edition of The Edmond Sun.
Edmond teacher moves up as state finalist

Edmond Public Schools’ 2011 Teacher of the Year Anthony Rose has been included in the list of the 12 teacher finalists from across Oklahoma to be chosen as the state’s Teacher of the Year.

“I was at the school working when Superintendent Janet Barresi called and told me I was now one of the 12 being considered for the state Teacher of the Year,” Rose said.

Rose will be stepping into the slot left open when Jody Bowie accepted the position of the new science director for the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Bowie, who taught 10th-12th grade physics, Earth science and physical science at Putnam City High School, had four years teaching experience.

“We’re excited that Jody Bowie is joining the department and will continue to share his passion for helping students succeed,” Barresi said. “I’m equally pleased to congratulate Anthony Rose as a new teacher of the year finalist. Both are outstanding teachers who have demonstrated excellence and professionalism.”

Rose is a fourth-year science and geography teacher at Cheyenne Middle School and credits the teachers he works with as the models from which he crafted his teaching abilities.

He received his bachelor’s degree in science education from Oklahoma Christian University and his master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Oklahoma.

“I was very surprised,” Rose said. “It is exciting to represent Edmond, because I think the district is pretty awesome. This is where I learned to teach and hopefully I can represent the district well and share how great the district is with everyone else.”

Not only does Rose teach middle school-aged students, he is also the youth minister at Wilshire Church of Christ where he says this unique opportunity has allowed him to work with teenagers from 11-18.

Community service and involvement are two areas Rose believes to be vital as an educator, and giving back to the community is the very core of what individuals should do each day.

“Teachers need to be examples in our community to show our students what is needed of them in the future,” Rose added.

Rose said in his classroom the focus is on student engagement and participation.

Memorial High School principal Debbie Bendick hired Rose for his first job in the Edmond school district at Cheyenne Middle School.

“A thirst for learning, growth and change are the hallmarks of Tony Rose’s professional life,” Bendick said. “In the four years since his graduation from Oklahoma Christian University, Tony has taught at all three middle school grades at Cheyenne — both science and geography. Concurrently, he completed a master’s in school administration; and recently, continuing his pattern to seek opportunity for his own growth and learning, Tony applied to teach high school biology.

“Quite frankly, Tony’s success is a wonderful commentary on the fertile field of professionalism that has evolved at Cheyenne Middle School. From his first days on campus, he has been nurtured by an exceptional staff of teachers whose work as a collegial, collaborative learning community allows for the experienced to share tips, practices and methods with the early career teachers and the young, just-out-of-college teachers, to offer their fresh approaches to pedagogy and technology.”

David Goin, superintendent of Edmond Public Schools, echoed Bendick’s beliefs.

“Mr. Rose in an outstanding teacher,” Goin said. “He relates well to students and colleagues and is a skilled professional. We are very pleased about his selection as a finalist. He will represent Edmond and all teachers in an exemplary manner.”

A state committee comprised of education, business and civic leaders will choose the winner. Barresi will announce the Teacher of the Year in September at the Oklahoma State Fair.

Other finalists for Teacher of the Year include: Amy Braun, Northmoore Elementary School in Moore Public Schools; Trina Evans, Liberty High School; Ebony Harris, Seminole High School; Betty Henderson, Bartlesville High School; Dawn Poyndexter, Cedar Ridge Elementary School, Union Public Schools; Kristin Shelby, Sallie Gillentine Elementary School in Hollis; Lori Sosenko, James Griffith Intermediate, Choctaw-Nicoma Park Public Schools; Jan Steeley, Central Elementary School, Coweta Public Schools; Tonya Stites, pre-kindergarten through second grade in Liberty Elementary in Sallisaw; Mark Thomas, Stillwater High School; and Lyndal Westmoreland, Okarche High School.