2016 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Participants

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2016 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Participants

Twenty-seven Oklahoma teachers walked in the footsteps of America’s patriots and British colonists during the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in Early American History, held recently in the restored capital city of 18th-century Virginia.

This marks the 24th year that the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has coordinated Oklahoma’s participation in the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute. Oklahoma is second in the nation, following California, in the number of teacher institute participants, with more than 800 graduates.

While at Colonial Williamsburg – the world’s largest living history museum – Oklahoma teachers met character interpreters of 18th-century people and were immersed in early American history through hands-on activities and reenactments of historic events. The week’s lessons were built around the theme “What It Means to Be an American.” Participants also visited Jamestown, which is the site of the first permanent English colony in America, and spent a day at Yorktown visiting the battlefields where the Continental Army forced the British to surrender.

The Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute provides participants with interactive teaching techniques and skills to become mentor teachers who can assist their peers and other educators to develop active learning classrooms and make history exciting for their students. Participants share strategies to improve instruction, raise literacy levels and enhance thinking skills.

BIXBY
Suzanne McCorkel, a resident of Broken Arrow, is a fifth-grade history teacher at Bixby North Intermediate School.

Courtney Epps, a resident of Tulsa, teaches fifth- and sixth-grade math at Bixby Central Intermediate School.

BLACKWELLZack Heitschmidt, a resident of Blackwell, teaches fifth- and sixth-grade social studies and science and elementary physical education at Kildare Public School in Ponca City.

BROKEN ARROWSuzanne McCorkel, a resident of Broken Arrow, is a fifth-grade history teacher at Bixby North Intermediate School.

Ashley Weston is a fifth-grade teacher at Liberty Elementary School in Broken Arrow.

CHEYENNEJonni Patrick teaches fifth- and sixth-grade science and social studies at Cheyenne Elementary School.

CHOCTAWLydia Carlton teaches language arts and history at Choctaw Elementary School.

CORDELLKathy Wedel is a fifth- and sixth-grade history teacher at Cordell Elementary School.

DAVISSkye Ward, a resident of Davis, teaches fifth-grade social studies at Lone Grove Intermediate School.

DEWEYJulie Fitzsimmons, a resident of Wann, is a fifth-grade social studies teacher at Dewey Elementary School.

DUNCANCandice Raines teaches third grade at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School.

EDMONDHolly Leverett teaches fifth-grade science and social studies at Heritage Elementary School.

ELGINMarsha Ball is a fifth-grade teacher at Elgin Middle School.

ENIDRoy Bartnick teaches fifth- and sixth-grade science and social studies at Chisholm Elementary School.
April Swinnea-Ogg teaches fifth grade at Eisenhower Elementary School.

GLENPOOLRegina Kheddar, a resident of Tulsa, teaches fifth-grade English-Language Arts teacher at Glenpool Elementary School.

JENKSMelissa Hicks, a resident of Jenks, is a library media specialist at Remington Elementary School in Tulsa Public Schools.

LITTLE AXEVanna Owens, a resident of Norman, is a fifth-grade teacher at Little Axe Elementary School. She is a 2011 alumna of the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute and has served as a curriculum writer and Master Teacher for Colonial Williamsburg. She has served three times as Oklahoma’s peer facilitator for the summer institute.

LONE GROVESkye Ward, a resident of Davis, teaches fifth-grade social studies at Lone Grove Intermediate School.

MIDWEST CITYKelli Vaught, a resident of Moore, teaches fifth-grade social studies at Tinker Elementary School in Midwest City-Del City Public Schools.

MOOREKristin Finn, a resident of Tuttle, teaches fifth-grade science and social studies at Eastlake Elementary School in Moore.

Kelli Vaught, a resident of Moore, teaches fifth-grade social studies at Tinker Elementary School in Midwest City-Del City Public Schools.

NORMANWhitney Clifford, a resident of Shawnee, is a fifth-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in Norman.

Julie Licht, a resident of Norman, is a fifth-grade teacher at Northridge Elementary School in Putnam City Public Schools, Oklahoma City.

Vanna Owens, a resident of Norman, is a fifth-grade teacher at Little Axe Elementary School. She is a 2011 alumna of the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute and has served as a curriculum writer and Master Teacher for Colonial Williamsburg. She has served three times as Oklahoma’s peer facilitator for the summer institute.

MUSTANGHolly Jackson, a resident of Oklahoma City, teaches fifth-grade social studies at Canyon Ridge Intermediate School in Mustang.

OKLAHOMA CITYHolly Jackson, a resident of Oklahoma City, teaches fifth-grade social studies at Canyon Ridge Intermediate School in Mustang.

Julie Licht, a resident of Norman, is a fifth-grade teacher at Northridge Elementary School in Putnam City Public Schools, Oklahoma City.

POCASSETTerri Moorman, a resident of Tuttle, is a special education teacher at Amber-Pocasset Elementary School.

PONCA CITYZack Heitschmidt, a resident of Blackwell, teaches fifth- and sixth-grade social studies and science and elementary physical education at Kildare Public School in Ponca City.

RAMONADeLana McDaniel teaches fifth grade at Caney Valley Elementary School.

SHAWNEEWhitney Clifford, a resident of Shawnee,  is a fifth-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in Norman.

STILLWATERBeth Shell teaches fifth-grade social studies at Skyline Elementary School.

TULSACourtney Epps, a resident of Tulsa, teaches fifth- and sixth-grade math at Bixby Central Intermediate School.
Melissa Hicks, a resident of Jenks, is a library media specialist at Remington Elementary School in Tulsa Public Schools.

Regina Kheddar, a resident of Tulsa, teaches fifth-grade English-Language Arts teacher at Glenpool Elementary School.

Sue McElhaney teaches fourth- and fifth-grade social studies and writing at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Union Public Schools, Tulsa.

TUTTLEKristin Finn, a resident of Tuttle, teaches fifth-grade science and social studies at Eastlake Elementary School in Moore.

Terri Moorman, a resident of Tuttle, is a special education teacher at Amber-Pocasset Elementary School.

Traci Woods is a fifth-grade social studies teacher at Tuttle Intermediate School.

YUKONLezlie Kropf teaches fifth-grade language arts and social studies at Lakeview Elementary School in Yukon.