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Rexanne McCrary Finalist For State Teacher Of The Year


Posted Date: 11/15/2022

Rexanne McCrary Finalist For State Teacher Of The Year

Congratulations to Rexanne McCrary, language and composition and English teacher at Union High School, who has been named one of 12 finalists for the 2023 State Teacher of the Year!

McCrary was named a Union High School Teacher Of The Year last year.

“I didn’t want to be a teacher, I wanted to be a news anchor,” McCrary said. “On the drive to Oklahoma State University, my father talked me out of it. If I wasn’t going to be in the spotlight, then I thought I would be a speech and drama teacher and make school a fun place to be.  Later I added English to my credentials and learned quickly that being involved in my students’ lives was more rewarding than sitting behind a news desk reporting about them.  Sometimes plans don’t work out and what seems like a backup plan can be the best result; you just weren’t open to it and couldn’t see the bigger picture.  Over 24 years, I have experienced with my students their trials, tragedies, and triumphs.  I didn’t want to be a teacher, but I became one - a teacher who values her students and their stories by being open to them.”

 McCrary started teaching at Union in 2013. “My husband was a youth minister for 23 years, so I’ve taught in several districts including Jenks and Bartlesville,” she said.

“This year’s extra challenge has been teaching while undergoing treatment for cancer,” McCrary said. “Teaching is part of who I am, and it brings normalcy to my life. I have pushed myself this year to keep up with my expectations just like I push my students.  I’ve had to face the unknown, something I’ve asked my students to do for years.  I’ve had to battle both physically and mentally.  They’ve seen my vulnerability and it has opened them up to share what they are going through.  From applying for a job for the first time, grandparents being diagnosed with cancer, to insecurities about the future after graduation, the conversations continue to happen. My hope is that students will be inspired by my work ethic and realize anything is possible if you just believe in yourself.”

McCrary holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Oklahoma State University, and she is certified to teach speech and drama PK-12 and English 5–12.

“I am a National Board Certified Teacher in English Language Arts/Early Adolescence and have just completed the rigorous task of certificate renewal through 2031,” she said. “I have accumulated nearly 200 hours of continuous education through the College Board.  I am also the Instructional Team Lead for 11th grade English at the High School.”

 

 

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2023 Teacher of the Year Finalists announced

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 12, 2022) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today revealed the 12 finalists for Oklahoma’s next Teacher of the Year.

“These finalists represent some of the top teaching talent in Oklahoma,” Hofmeister said. “They are exceptional individuals who have a tremendous heart for their students and an unwavering dedication to the teaching profession.”

The 2023 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year will be named in March. Beginning July 1, the honoree will assume full-time Teacher of the Year duties, which include speaking engagements and serving as Oklahoma’s ambassador for teachers. Teacher of the Year finalists are selected by a cross-section of leading educators, lawmakers and civic leaders representing all regions of the state.

The 2022 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, Rebecka Peterson, will continue touring Oklahoma until July.

Hofmeister was joined by the finalists during an announcement today at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. See State Department press release.

Rexanne McCrary,
11th-12th grade AP language and composition teacher and virtual English teacher Union High School 

“One of the things I do to strengthen and improve the teaching profession is using my creativity to develop ideas that help students not only inside the classroom, but outside the classroom as well. The teaching profession is not limited to a room. To teach the importance of observation, I take my students on walks inside and outside the school to learn how to take in their surroundings and the impact those observations can have.”


State Teacher Of The Year Top-12 Finalist, Union's Rexanne McCrary Featured in Newsletter

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister revealed the 12 finalists for Oklahoma’s next Teacher of the Year last month.

“These finalists represent some of the top teaching talent in Oklahoma,” Hofmeister said. “They are exceptional individuals who have a tremendous heart for their students and an unwavering dedication to the teaching profession.”

Two of the 12 finalists are English language arts teachers: Traci Manuel, a 10th grade advanced English II teacher at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa Public Schools, and Rexanne McCrary, an 11th-12th grade AP language and composition teacher and virtual English teacher at Union High School in Union Public Schools.

Read on to learn more about Rexanne: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/OKSDE/bulletins/3338e2a

 

 

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