2014-2015 Teacher of the Year
Samantha Peck is a second grade teacher at Central Elementary in Coweta. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Northeastern State University. She holds certifications for Special Education and Middle-level English. Since graduating from NSU in 2008, Mrs. Peck has taught fourth grade in the Tulsa Public Schools District for one year, and has been teaching second grade at Central since 2009. This year Mrs. Peck teaches Reading and Social Studies to all second graders at Central.
Mrs. Peck’s philosophy is “teaching is not just teaching the curriculum.” Teachers build close relationships with their students as well as mutual respect. Teachers teach compassion by showing compassion. Teachers are cheerleaders and nurses; cheering kids to success and tending to scraped knees and many other ailments. The curriculum is only one piece of the puzzle that creates a safe, engaging, and fun learning environment for the students.
Mrs. Peck and her husband Jeff have two sons. Their oldest, Anthony, is twenty years old and works with his dad and grandpa in the family business. Cody, the youngest, is nine and is a third grader at Central. In her spare time Mrs. Peck enjoys reading, gardening, and garage sale shopping for children’s books.
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.
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
Oklahoma has a history of strong support for teachers seeking National Board Certification and ranks 9th in the nation with the most National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). To date, 3,076 Oklahoma teachers have achieved National Board Certification, accounting for 7 percent of the teaching workforce. Central Elementary is proud to have two National Board Certified Teachers on their faculty. Board certification is the highest mark of professional accomplishment. It allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom, and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession.
Mrs. Tracy Swarer
Ms. Kelli Bogner