A Mustang Bronco teacher is among 12 teachers selected as finalists for the Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year award.
Tiffany Massie teaches fifth and sixth grade special education at Canyon Ridge Intermediate and has been an educator for 18 years.
“I am beyond excited about this incredible honor! Being named one of the 12 finalist is something I never imagined would happen,” Massie said. “Now that it has, I can’t wait to represent Mustang school district and its wonderful teachers. Being able to give input in the field of special education is something that excites me. I am looking forward to the opportunities that are yet come.”
Other teachers selected during last week’s ceremony were from Oklahoma City, Glenpool, Cache, Tecumseh, Durant, Jenks, Duncan, Moore, Verdigris, Jones and Woodward Public Schools. An additional six Rising Stars, or runner-up finalists, were announced as well.
“What an honor that Mustang’s district Teacher of the Year was chosen as one of the 12 finalists for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year,” said Superintendent Sean McDaniel. “The committee that chose the finalists definitely made a wonderful choice in Tiffany Massie. Tiffany has the temperament and compassion necessary to teach her special needs students. She was born to work with these students and has unending patience and love for them.
“To see these students through Mrs. Massie’s eyes, you see only potential, never disabilities. We are blessed as a district that she chose to work for Mustang.”
Previously, Mustang Public Schools had a top 12 finalist in 2009 and a Rising Star teacher in 2014, said Shannon Rigsby, the school district’s spokesperson.
All finalists are teachers of the year for their districts and were selected after their application packets were reviewed by a panel that included educators, members of the business community, legislators and nonprofit partners.
The 2017 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year will be revealed August 30 in a ceremony at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
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Last school year marked Massie’s ninth year in Mustang. She left for two years to work for the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Center, helping teachers across the state evaluate what kind of assistive technology would help their students.
When the contract was over, there was no question where she wanted to be.
“I love Mustang,” she said. “If I’m going to be in the classroom, there is where I want to be.”
In the classroom, Massie’s patience seems never ending. She meets each student where they are socially, academically and emotionally.”