Boise City teachers honored at APOE Foundation banquet
OKLAHOMA CITY – Boise City Elementary School teacher Betty C. Kincannon was named winner of the prestigious Kathy Cox Elementary Educator Merit Award April 28 at the APOE Foundation's sixth annual Excellence in Education Merit Awards Banquet. Two other Boise City educators were also honored at the event.
The Boise City teachers were among 39 nominees who competed for the awards by submitting applications that included letters of recommendation from parents, past students, co-workers and administrators.
Delvenia Hipp, a teacher at Boise City Elementary School and High School, was honored as a nominee for the Special Education Educator Merit Award.
Mendi White of Boise City High School was honored as a nominee for the Secondary Educator Merit Award.
Other awards include the Non-Certified Merit Award and the Olan Isbell Administrator Merit Award.
APOE Foundation chairman Walt Larsen, APOE State President Tim Rose, and APOE Executive Director Ginger Tinney presented a plaque and lapel pin to each nominee. Kincannon and the other four overall winners also received trophies, roses, legislative citations from Lieutenant Governor Mary Fallin, a complimentary one-year membership in APOE and $500 each from the APOE Foundation.
“It is a privilege for the APOE Foundation to honor these teachers who have placed students' needs before their own to achieve excellence in education,” Larsen said. “These are truly professional educators.”
The banquet was held at the Petroleum Club and featured a keynote address from 1998 National Teacher of the Year Philip Bigler. Bigler is the director of the James Madison Center at James Madison University in Virginia . Gary Beckner, executive director of the Association of American Educators, served as the emcee.
Nominees gathered with family, co-workers and friends for the special ceremony. Sponsors of the banquet also attended to show their support for excellence in Oklahoma education. Oklahoma State Representative Gus Blackwell sponsored an entire table at the event. Blackwell and his wife shared the table with the Boise City nominees and their guests.
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