The 2020 Teachers of the Year were announced Monday night at the Guthrie Public Schools Board of Education meeting. Melanie Ball won District Teacher of the Year after winning Elementary Teacher of the Year. Doug Ogle, Assistant Superintendent, presented the Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year awards to Melanie Ball and Tyler Young. Ball is a fourth grade teacher at Cotteral Elementary and Young is a computer applications teacher at Guthrie High School.
Carmen Walters, Executive Director of Elementary Education, announced and presented the Site Teachers of the Year with a $25 gift certificate courtesy of EMI. The Site Teachers of the Year were: Melanie Ball, fourth grade teacher at Cotteral Elementary; Sarah Lausen, third grade teacher at Charter Oak Elementary; Karla Pitts, first grade teacher at Central Elementary; Calee Lyons, first grade teacher at Fogarty Elementary; Samantha Morgan, sixth grade math teacher at G.U.E.S.; Scott Peterman, technology engineering teacher at Guthrie Junior High; Kyri Hester, English teacher at Guthrie High School; and Tyler Young, computer applications teacher at Guthrie High School.
After the Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year were announced, Dr. Mike Simpson presented the District Teacher of the Year award to Ball and Young was runner-up. Each of them won a basket full of gift certificates from several local businesses.
Teacher of the Year runner-up received one large pizza from Papa John’s, $10 Sonic gift certificate from Shelter Insurance-Kristy Gatlin, $25 to Rick’s Fine Chocolates & Coffee from Dr. Dawn’s, $25 gift certificate from Golden Chick, a Bluejay t-shirt and football ornament from Traci Hayes, two bowl koozies; two bowls and soup mixes from Sharon Watts and one of the school board members, $20 Hoboken gift certificate and carrying bag from Integrity Heat & Air, $40 gift certificate from the Tipsy Artist, a one year subscription from the Guthrie News Leader and $250 gift card from Eskridge Chevrolet
The Teacher of the Year received one large pizza from Papa John’s, $10 Sonic gift certificate from Shelter Insurance-Kristy Gatlin, $20 gift certificate to Rick’s Fine Chocolates & Coffee from Dr. Dawn’s, $25 from Missy’s, $25 to Pizza Hut, Bluejay bracelet and popup card from the Heritage Collection, Goldwell shampoo and conditioner from Kellie Henke at Downtown Salon, Bluejay cuff bracelet from Tara Drake and Love to Shine, $30 to Billy Sims BBQ, $25 to Señor Lopez from Dr. Dawn’s, $20 to Hoboken and carrying bag, $40 from the Tipsy Artist, Bluejay stadium seat from Walgreens, Bluejay mug, t-shirt and football ornament from Traci Hayes, two show tickets from the Pollard Theatre, $50 from Golden Chick, a flower arrangement from Furrow Flowers and Gifts, $50 Walmart gift card from Hardin Insurance Agency, $50 Hoboken gift card from Interbank, $65 Stacy’s Place from Blake Wimsey of Foundation Insurance, one year subscription to Guthrie News Leader, $75 Visa gift card from Mike Sikes and Edward Jones, $100 Visa gift card from Companion Health Care, $100 Gage’s gift card from Bancfirst, homemade quilt from board member Sharon Watts, Kendra Scott necklace and earrings from Boutique 206, $125 from Shelton’s Photography, basket of goodies and $60 gift card from Spoonful Pharmacy, $200 Petroleum Club gift certificate from F&M Bank, one night stay and $100 gift card at 602 Bistro from the Dominion House, $500 visa gift card from Eskridge Chevrolet, one year membership from the Guthrie YMCA and personal use of a vehicle for three months from John Vance Auto group.
Upon presenting Ball with the award, Simpson said he’s been in Melanie’s classroom numerous occasions and is very proud of what she does for her students every day.
“Thank you so much. I am speechless, I am beyond honored and I don’t even know what to say,” Ball said.
Ball returned to Guthrie Public Schools after working for the State Department of Education and decided she wanted to come back because she missed kids.
“I’m glad she came back and I know her students are, too,” Simpson said.