2018 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Participants

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2018 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Participants

Thirty-six Oklahoma teachers will be returning to their classrooms this fall with a renewed passion for early American history and a variety of new interactive lessons plans after attending the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in the restored capital city of 18th-century Virginia.

While in Colonial Williamsburg – the world’s largest living history museum – Oklahoma teachers met character interpreters of 18th-century people – from Powhatan Indians and plantation slaves to British loyalists and Founding Fathers. Educators were immersed in early American history through hands-on activities and reenactments of historical events. This marks the 26th year that Oklahoma teachers have attended the institute through a fellowship program coordinated by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a statewide nonprofit that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in public schools.

The institute celebrated a milestone this summer with the graduation of its 1,000th Oklahoma educator – Ana Chavez of Jenks East Intermediate Elementary School. Oklahoma ranks second in the nation, following California, in the number of teacher institute participants, with 1,007 Oklahoma graduates to date. Of that total, 854 were selected through the Foundation for Excellence to receive donor-funded fellowships and stipends for classroom materials.

Fifth-grade teacher participants:
Sunny Stephens, Allen Middle School, Allen
Melia Wheeler, Arnett Elementary School, Arnett
Julie Randol, Beggs Middle School, Beggs
Jennifer Winchester, Bridge Creek Intermediate School, Blanchard
Kimberly Medrick, Oak Crest Elementary, Broken Arrow
Courtney Tennell, Butner Elementary, Cromwell
Lauryn Capsey, Cherokee Elementary School, Catoosa
Cindy Turner, Lincoln Elementary School, Chickasha
Glory Hoover, Depew Elementary School, Depew
Gena Schuck, Heritage Elementary School, Edmond
Mitzi Ridinger, Gore Elementary School, Gore
Ana Chavez, Jenks East Intermediate Elementary School, Jenks
Carolyn Dock, Mangum Middle School, Mangum
Sarah Morehead, Tinker Elementary School, Midwest City-Del City
Luann Gilbert, Earlywine Elementary School, Moore
Annalea Stevenson, Sadler Arts Academy, Muskogee
Becky Stanton, Newkirk Elementary School, Newkirk
Amber Smith, Monroe Elementary School, Norman
Janet Trotter, Madison Elementary School, Norman
Selena Espinoza, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Oklahoma City
Angela Fang, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Oklahoma City
Emily Quint, Osage Elementary School, Pryor
Ronda Boston, Coronado Heights Elementary School, Putnam City
Regina Mabray, Stuart Elementary School, Stuart
Olivia StandingBear, Eisenhower International Elementary School, Tulsa
Jennifer Addison, Robert B. Grove Elementary School, Tulsa
Sarah Rhodes, Robert B. Grove Elementary School, Tulsa
Sarah Francois, Vanoss Elementary School, Vanoss
Vanna Owens, Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Peer Facilitator, Sequoyah Elementary School, Claremore

Eighth-grade teacher participants:
Traci Smith, Will Rogers Junior High School, Claremore
Jill Hill, Sequoyah Middle School, Edmond
Denise Aguilar, Central Middle School, Lawton
Matthew Mitchell, Mustang North Middle School, Mustang
Nancy Brewer, Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School, Oklahoma City
Dalton Savage, Piedmont Middle School, Piedmont
Patrick Terry, Kenneth Cooper Middle School, Putnam City
Julie Pierson, Sequoyah Middle School, Claremore