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.
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