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.