Collinsville, Oklahoma
January 28, 2015
Teachers Of The Year
One Teacher Per Campus Honored
They Will Contend For District Honor Next
Collinsville Public Schools
Early Childhood -
Stefanie Harp
Wilson Elem. -
Carolyn Cornett
Herald Elem. -
Amy Duncan
Middle School -
Taylor Wheeler
High School -
Elizabeth Sonnefeld
Taylor Wheeler -- Middle School

This is my 5th school year as a special education teacher at Collinsville Middle School. I graduated from Northeastern State University in May of 2010 and was hired in Collinsville shortly after that. I have been married to my husband, Josh, for 4 1/2 years and we have a sweet 2 year old son, Luke.


Elizabeth Sonnenfeld -- High School --

Elizabeth Sonnenfeld grew up in Stillwater, attended Stillwater Public Schools, graduating in 1978. She attended Oklahoma State University, graduating in May of 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. After working in the banking industry for several years, she stayed home to raise her children. Elizabeth is in her eleventh year of teaching math; this is her third year at Collinsville High School. She earned her Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education in 2007 and her National Board status in Adolescent and Young Adult Mathematics in 2011.
Elizabeth also teaches mathematics at Tulsa Community College and is active in her church. She has two wonderful children; her daughter, Michelle, is a National Sales Trainer for Cydcor and her son, Robert, is a First Lieutenant in the US Air Force.


Amy Duncan - Herald Elementary --

I graduated from Collinsville High School in 1996 (Go Card’s) and attended Rogers State University. I married my best friend, Brian Duncan, and we have four amazing children: Christian, Courtney, Branden, and Connor.

Our oldest child was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 6 and thus began my process of becoming a Special Education teacher. Navigating the educational system was very scary and as a parent, I felt overwhelmed listening to so many people talking about my child and what we needed to do to make him successful. I began to understand and feel comfortable in the world of a special needs parent. I was thankful that the good Lord decided to add this to my blessing. In 2005 I gave birth to an amazingly special child with a rare muscular condition called, “Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Amyoplasia”. Along this path of raising two special needs children with a “DifferAbility,” I found myself admiring their ability to compensate and accomplish their goals despite some of the obstacles that they faced. The more I learned to advocate for my own children, the more I felt compelled to help others do the same.

In 2010 I enrolled at Northeastern State University to pursue my dream of becoming a Special Education Teacher. During my final internship I taught in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. While there, I gained a new appreciation and respect for English Language Learners. Additionally, I also learned how lonely it can be, to feel completely different than others around you. My experiences in Taiwan were life changing and helped mold the teacher I am today.

I feel beyond humbled, blessed, and honored to be recognized by my peers and to represent Herald Elementary as Teacher of the Year. I am only one small part of an entire team that works together to develop and implement an educational plan that is individualized to meet the unique needs of our students. I pride myself in communicating with and involving parents in their child’s education, as they are a vital part of the educational team and their input is not only wanted but needed. I feel privileged to say that I truly LOVE my job, my students, and my co-workers. I am proud to be a Cardinal through and through!

A quote that I love and that guides my instruction is: “Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway,” (Mary Kay Ash).
Stefanie Harp -- ECC --

My name is Stefanie Harp and I am honored to be chosen to represent the Early Childhood Center as a Teacher of the Year nominee. I received my bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science in 1995 from Sterling College in Kansas. During the next ten years I stayed home to raise my own children and provided day care for many other children. As the time approached for my youngest child to go to school all day, I decided to pursue my certification in teaching. I completed the Alternative Certification for Education in 2005. I was given the opportunity to teach Kindergarten here in Collinsville for the 2005-2006 school year. I have been teaching Kindergarten here for the past ten years.

I am married to the best husband in the world, Dale Harp. We have two amazing children: Alex who is a graduate of CHS and a student at OSU and Sami who is a sophomore at CHS. When I am not teaching and planning for Kindergarten I enjoy reading, cooking, and gardening. We share our life with one dog, two cats, four horses, and seven chickens who provide endless entertainment and chores.

I love teaching and learning with my kindergartners! They keep me on my toes and surprise me every day with their five year old wisdom. Most days I learn from them just as much as they learn from me. I am rewarded every day with hugs and smiles from my students. The children know they can count on me to love them and guide them through the learning process every day. Kindergarten is such an important year to grow and learn academically, socially, and emotionally. I am very fortunate to play a role in helping these children to achieve their goals. I have so much support from my colleagues at the Early Childhood Center and that makes this job even better.

“If kids come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job more important.”- Barbara Colorose
Carolyn Cornett – Wilson Elementary

I have been an elementary school teacher for twenty-seven years.

I have been an Oklahoma school teacher for twenty-three years. I enjoyed teaching fifteen years in Broken Arrow, two years as a second grade teacher and thirteen years as a first grade teacher.

I married my husband, Ron Cornett a lineman for Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative, eight years ago. I moved to Collinsville, and I was fortunate to become a teacher in Collinsville. I teach with amazing and dedicated teachers in a school district that values each student. The Collinsville School District stands out as they recognize and provide for each student’s educational needs. Collinsville is unique in providing a Transitional First Grade classroom. A Transitional First Grade classroom gives young students an opportunity to succeed, by allowing them the time to grow and develop naturally. Transitional first grade provides a curriculum bridge between kindergarten and first grade. This is my eighth year to teach at Wilson Elementary as the Transitional First Grade teacher.

I was born in Waldron, Arkansas, and spent my early childhood in Danville, Arkansas. My family moved to Oklahoma when I was in the fifth grade. We returned to Arkansas when I was in high school to be near aging grandparents. I graduated from Danville High School. I earned my Elementary Education Degree at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas.

I completed an Early Childhood Education Degree at Carroll College Helena, Montana and the University of Montana Bozeman, Montana. I taught two years in Helena in first grade, and two years in an Early Childhood classroom in the Atlanta, Georgia school district. I was always looking forward to returning to Oklahoma.

My husband and I have three daughters, a son and nine young grandchildren. We enjoy time with our family and friends.

I know I am blessed to be a teacher. I love and enjoy every day.

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