2013-2014 Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Michele Usrey has worked for public and private schools during her 11 year teaching career.  She has taught at schools in New Mexico and Oklahoma and has been teaching 1st grade at Central Elementary in Coweta for the past 8 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from New Mexico State University. She holds certifications for Early Childhood K-6, Elementary Education with Math, Science and English endorsements.  She has served on the Sunshine Committee and as the Grade Level Coordinator. She is currently active on the Title 1 Reading Committee, Great Expectation Committee and PTO.

 Mrs. Usrey believes in utilizing technology in the classroom by developing and presenting lessons using the Smart Board system and integrating current technology that children are already familiar with such as MP3 players for reading and listening skills.  She has worked at the district level with the Technology Department to develop the PowerBook report cards for 1st grade for which she received a District Above and Beyond Award.

She believes education is a team effort between parents and educators and strives to develop effective relationships with her students’ parents to get the most out of the short year that they are in her classroom.  Each child has to be met at their individual learning ability and learning style in order for effective education to happen.  She truly enjoys her time in the classroom with all of her kids and takes deep pride in their success.

Mrs. Usrey and her husband Mark, have 4 children, two of whom have graduated from Coweta Public Schools.  Their oldest, Elizabeth, will graduate in May from the University of Evansville with a degree in Elementary Education and begin her teaching career.  Marshall is attending the University of Tulsa studying to become a chemical engineer, Jacob is currently a junior at Coweta High School and Bryce is a freshman at Coweta I-High.  She attends St. Stephens UMC in Broken Arrow where she is active in the chancel choir, hand bell groups, teaching Sunday school, children’s programming and mission work.

Student of the Month 2013-2014

Each month 2 outstanding third grade students are recognized and honored as the Central Elementary students of the month. Students exhibiting outstanding behavior and citizenship will be selected by the teachers.

September  Taylor Welborn  Zachary Glasgow
October  Drew Morris  Edgar Cadena
November  Sephra Jared  Grant Owens
December  Breelynn Vaughn  Carter Mullins
January  Sadie Campbell  Eli Swartwood
February  Lily Sparks  Audra Stratton
March  Robert Kerr Justin Meadows


Tiger Cub of the Month
Tiger Cub of the Month is awarded to students who have behaved exceptionally well for the month. Classroom, recess, cafeteria, bus behavior, and attitude are considered for this recognition. The honor is given to one child in each class. Students receive their certificate and ribbon at the monthly Rise and Shine Assembly.

National Board Certified Teachers

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Central Elementary is proud to have four National Board Certified Teachers on their faculty.  More than 74,000 teachers nation wide have achieved the profession's highest symbol of professional teaching excellence.  Thirteen of those are teachers in Coweta Public Schools.


Dr. Jill Steeley
Dr. Jill Steeley earned National Board Certification in Literacy in 2006.  Dr. Steeley has taught all elementary grades and a high school reading lab, as well as twelve years in teacher education at Oral   Roberts   University .   Her degrees include a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in reading, and an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction.  Dr. Steeley holds certification in elementary education, as a reading specialist, and as an elementary principal, as well as middle school endorsements in language arts, social studies and science.  She joined the faculty at Central Elementary in 2006 in her 37th year of teaching.

Mrs. Tracy Swarer
Tracy Swarer received National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood/ Generalist in 2008. She has taught 3rd grade for 14 years at Central Elementary School. Tracy earned her B.S. in elementary education from NSU in Tahlequah. She served on the curriculum committee for 5 years and continues to present workshops on Curriculum Mapper.  In the past Mrs. Swarer has been an assessor for National Board. Currently she serves on the Gifted and Talented Committee and is participating with the MSP Grant.

Ms. Kelli Bogner
Kelli Bogner earned National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 2008.  She has taught Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and third grade.  Her degrees include a B.A. in Elementary Education from North   Central   College in Naperville , IL , and a M.Ed from Regent University in Newport Beach , VA.   Kelli participated in the Math and Science Project Emints Training in addition to Great Expectations methodologies and workshops.  She holds certification in early childhood and elementary education, with middle school endorsements in language arts and social science.

Ms. Pam Seaborn
Pam Seaborn received National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood/ Generalist in 2009. She has taught 3rd grade for 10 years at Central Elementary School. Pam earned her B.S. in elementary education from NSU in Tahlequah. She served on the professional development committee for 4 years and presents workshops on National Board scholarships, Essential Questions, and Higher Math Skills through the MSP Grant.  In the past Mrs. Seaborn has been an assessor for National Board. Mrs. Seaborn has also served as 3rd grade team leader for 4 years.