Collinsville, Oklahoma
March 30, 2010
Teachers of the Year

Outstanding Collinsville Teachers Announced
Rogers - Prickett - Cherry - Craig - Harris

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Collinsville 2010-2010 Teachers of the Year (L-R): Rhonda Rogers (CHS), Kathy Prickett (CMS), Kim Cherry (Herald Elem.), Beverly Craig (Wilson Elem.) and Diertra Harris (ECC) were announced Tuesday March 30, 2010, representing the outstanding teachers at each campus.
Kathy Prickett (posing with husband Roger) was selected as the overall winner and will represent Collinsville in the state level Teacher of the Year competition later this fall.
Early Childhood Center (ECC) Teacher of the Year
Diertra Harris -- I have been teaching in Collinsville under the administration of Janice Pollard for 11 years. I was inspired, by my mother, to become a teacher, and I have been blessed to teach Pre-K, special education, and now Kindergarten ... as well as work with the best staff members. Each day, I am guaranteed smiles, hugs, and lots of laughter, and I can't imagine doing anything else!
I have been married to my wonderful husband, Greg, for 10 years and have 2 beautiful boys, Corbin and Colt.
Wilson Elementary Teacher of the Year
Beverly Craig -- I am truly honored to be recognized in my building by such amazing teachers. I have really enjoyed my time here in Collinsville. My Colleagues are wonderful and talented people who encourage each other daily. My administration is supportive and caring and the parents here in Collinsville are awesome. I am blessed to be able to help educate and mold their children. My students love learning, enjoy school and even when I have less than an 'optimal' day in the classroom, are quick to forgive, forget and start again the next day. What more could a teacher wish.
Beverly will have been married to husband Dave 25 years this August and they have one child, Shelby, a CHS freshman. Beverly is in her 23rd year of teaching: 5 years in Yale, OK (4th grade, music and G/T); 11 years in Tulsa (3-5 science / social studies, and 1st/2nd looping) and 7th year here in Collinsville teaching 2nd, 1st, and T-1/1st looping.
Herald Elementary Teacher of the Year
Kim Cherry -- I grew up in Tulsa and graduated from East Central High School. I graduated from Northeastern State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and a minor in Early Childhood. I am beginning my 23rd year in teaching, I have previously taught in Tulsa and Owasso Public Schools Systems. This is my third year to teach in Collinsville. I have taught second, fourth and am now teaching fifth grade. I have a wonderful family that consists of my husband, two daughters 18 and 21, and three stepdaughters 19, 21 and 27.
In my career I have crossed paths with hundreds of children, who I hope I have influenced in a positive way. One of my favorite quotes is by Henry Brooke Adams: "A teacher affects eternity: He can never tell where his influence stops."
Middle School Teacher of the Year
Kathy Prickett -- I am completing my 34th year of teaching with the last 31 years here at Collinsville. My husband, also a teacher, has been here all 34 years. We graduated from High School in Owasso, OK in 1972. We graduated from college in 1976 from Oklahoma State University.
I have taught Middle School, first grade, and third grade.
I enjoy teaching reading at the sixth grade level. We have two sons who also attended Collinsville Public Schools. Our oldest, Aaron, now teaches High School Biology in Owasso and our youngest, Adam, is a lineman for VVEC. They both are married and live in Collinsville. We have one grandson, Will, who will be attending Collinsville Schools in another year or two. We have been very happy here in Collinsville and we are happy our family is close by.
I love the technology entering our classrooms and see it as a termendous resource for teaching.
High School Teacher of the Year

Rhonda Rogers -- Rhonda graduated in 1982 from Hominy High School. She graduated in 1987 from Northeastern State University with her Bachelor's in Science (Zoology emphasis). Rhonda also played collegiate softball.
Ms. Rogers has touched lives in two school districts, Chelsea and Collinsville, with a combined total teaching experience of 22 years., covering four secondary subject areas: MS Science, MS Computers, HS Physical Science, and HS Anatomy & Physiology. Her coaching experience is almost as extensive with a total of fifteen years experience in three sports, ranging from MS - HS. These sports include softball, basketball, and track. Rhonda can also be proud of holding the title of Chelsea MS Teacher of the Year four times, and District Teacher of the Year!
Rhonda comes from a family that values hard work. Her dad is a retired teacher (27 years), and her mother is a retired nurse. She has 8 siblings - 5 brothers and three sisters, and enjoys her neices and nephews immensley!

These were students and Education Foundation members in Mrs. Prickett's reading classroom at the Middle School in Oct. 2006.
Previous Coverage:
Coach Rhonda Rogers instructing the 9th grade basketball girls during a Feb. 2009 timeout against Oologah.