Neeli Boyd Named a Finalist for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

07.10.2017 1:13 PM

Neeli Boyd, a 1st-grade teacher at Putnam City’s Wiley Post Elementary School who is currently the district’s teacher of the year, has been named one of 12 finalists for the 2017 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Award. The announcement was made by State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister during a July 10th session at EngageOK, an education event for Oklahoma teachers, school administrators and parents.

Boyd is about to begin her ninth year of teaching, all in Putnam City and all at Wiley Post Elementary. She was named Putnam City’s Teacher of the Year in the spring and was selected by a panel of Oklahoma leaders as a finalist for the state teacher of the year award. One of the 12 finalists will be named Oklahoma’s teacher of the year on Sept. 19 in a ceremony at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

Boyd’s’ principal at Wiley Post, Sheryl Rexach, is not surprised that Boyd is among the finalists for the award.

“Neeli represents the best of the teaching profession. She always has energy and excitement for the classroom. She knows each child’s strengths and weaknesses and uses small group lessons to meet their specific needs. She provides after-school tutoring to give students extra help in math and reading. On weekends she attends events her students participate in in order to build connections and strong relationships with students and their families. She’s extraordinary,” Rexach says.