Shari Gateley Named One of 12 Finalists for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

07.12.2018 9:57 AM

Shari Gateley, an English teacher at Putnam City West High School, has been named one of 12 finalists for the 2019 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Award. The announcement was made during a July 12th session at EngageOK, an education event for Oklahoma teachers, school administrators and parents.

Gateley is about to begin her eighth year of teaching, all at her alma mater, Putnam City West. She was named Putnam City’s Teacher of the Year in the spring and was selected by a panel of Oklahoma educators as a finalist for the Oklahoma teacher of the year award. One of the 12 will be named the state’s teacher of the year in September at the State Fair of Oklahoma.

Avery Gilliland, Gateley’s principal at Putnam City West, says Gateley is an exceptional teacher.

“Shari is an integral part of our school. She works tirelessly to create optimal learning opportunities for her students. She is remarkable in her ability to build relationships with students that create bonds and strengthen learning but also last beyond the high school experience. She takes truly makes a difference in the lives of those she serves,” Gilliland says.

Putnam City Superintendent Dr. Fred Rhodes is also aware of Gateley’s abilities.

“Shari Gateley has worked hard to become the best teacher she can be. She believes in her students and gives everything she has, every day, to inspire and challenge them. In a district filled with exemplary teachers, she stands out for her ability to connect with students and bring out the best in them. We’re so proud of her,” Rhodes says.

Gateley’s selection marks the fourth time in the last five years that a Putnam City teacher has been among the 12 finalists for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.

“Shari is a great example of the outstanding teachers we have in Putnam City,” says Rhodes.