Donna Gradel, 2018 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, speaks during a news conference at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Donna Gradel placed as a finalist for National Teacher of the Year.

Gradel, an environmental science teacher at Broken Arrow Public Schools, finished as a finalist to social studies teacher Rodney Robinson of Virginia.

“Donna Gradel’s innovative approach to teaching represents the commitment and innovation of educators across Oklahoma who work tirelessly to ensure that our children are learning to think critically and discovering new ways to shape their world,” said State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. “We are so proud of Donna, and we are thankful to the National Teacher of the Year Program for recognizing her incredible talent, for elevating the teaching profession and for allowing us to learn creative approaches to instruction from the nation’s finest educators.”

Gradel was named one of four finalists for the national award in January.

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Stetson covers breaking news, general assignment and other stories. He previously worked at the Enterprise-Journal in Mississippi. He is from Broken Arrow and graduated with a journalism degree from Oklahoma State University. Phone: 918-581-8466

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