Stars of Education 2024

5 p.m. May 9, 2024

The Yale Theater in Historic Capitol Hill

227 Southwest 25th Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73109

Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) is excited to announce the nine finalists for the district’s teachers of the year award. The following nine finalists for the award were selected from the district’s teachers of the year from each school site.

The finalists will be recognized at the annual Stars of Education celebration, where the 2024 OKCPS Teacher of the year will be announced. The event will be held in-person on May 9, 2024 at the Yale Theater in Oklahoma City. Finalists will receive cash awards, plus a number of valuable prizes donated by community partners. The winner of this contest will then serve as the district’s candidate for Oklahoma’s State Teacher of the Year. 

2024 OKCPS Teacher of the Year Finalists

Julianne Anthony, Wheeler Middle School

Sally Berry, Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School

Jacqualine Bufford, Northwest Classen High School

Lindsey Clinton, Adelaide Lee Elementary School

Brandi Kelley, Classen School of Advanced Studies Middle School

Eric Parker, Taft Middle School

Dominique Poncelet, Southeast Middle School

Jennifer Reyes-Garcia, Mark Twain Elementary School

Drew Rhodes, Emerson South Mid-High School

“Each year, I am more and more amazed by the things I learn about the outstanding teachers we have here in OKCPS. “Congratulations to these nine finalists. Your unwavering commitment to education combined with your innovative teaching methods and heart for your students have set you apart. This well-deserved recognition is a testament to your dedication and the positive influence you’ve had on countless lives. Thank you.” – OKCPS Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel

To our stars of education, our nine phenomenal Teacher of the Year finalists: congratulations on this recognition. Your impact reaches far beyond the classroom and is inspiring. It is an honor for us to be able to celebrate you.” – Mary Melon-Tully, President and CEO of OKCPS Foundation

The annual Stars of Education event celebrates excellence in OKCPS by recognizing:

OKCPS Teacher of the Year

Valuable Volunteers of the Year

Super Support Staff of the Year

Non-profit/Faith Based Community Partner of the Year

Small-Medium Business Community Partner of the Year

Large Business Community Partner of the Year

Sam and Charolet Shirley Outstanding Principal Awards

Don’t forget to T-Up for OKCPS May 9!

Interested in learning about

sponsorship opportunities?

Contact Kelli Hayward Walsh, Director of Development and Communications

(405) 604-5977

View Past Teacher of the Year Winners
Diamond Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors

American Fidelity Foundation

Sonic Foundation

Gold Sponsors


Natalie Shirley

Silver Sponsors


Rand Elliot

First United Bank

Quad Construction

Highlights from Stars of Education 2023