• Broken Arrow teacher named a finalist for National Teacher of the Year


    BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Broken Arrow teacher Donna Gradel has been named one of four finalists in the running for National Teacher of the Year.

    Gradel has been teaching at Broken Arrow Public Schools for 22 years and is spending this school year traveling the state to share knowledge with other teachers.

    She was named Oklahoma’s 2018 Teacher of the Year.

    Among the work she has done in her career, Gradel has traveled with students for seven years on international projects, including finding water and food sources for orphans in Kenya.

    Broken Arrow district officials also credit Gradel with helping establish a research class in 2017.

    Gov. Kevin Stitt visited Broken Arrow High School on Wednesday to announce Gradel’s standing as a national finalist. He also toured an outdoor classroom that Gradel helped create that serves as a wetland, removing nitrates in the water. 

    Gov. Stitt visits Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Donna Gradel in Broken Arrow.
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    The National Teacher of the Year is chosen by the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the winner is announced in the spring at a White House ceremony.

    The winner will spend the next year traveling the nation as an ambassador for education.

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