2012-2013 Teacher of the Year Finalist
Mr. Cooper began his teaching career with Coweta Public Schools. He was hired in 2004 to help start Coweta’s Pre-Kindergarten program and has loved every minute since. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from Northeastern State University. Mr. Cooper has shared his love and enthusiasm for early learning in many ways. He has presented at conferences at both the state and local level and was most recently named a Master Teacher by Oklahoma’s Department of Education, representing Northeastern Oklahoma Early Childhood teachers.
Through the years, he has served the Coweta Public School district in many ways. As Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum leader, he created and mapped curriculum for use in classrooms district wide, as well as helped develop district assessment tools. Serving on Central’s Title I reading committee along with Coweta Public School’s calendar and textbook committees are just a few more ways Mr. Cooper has contributed to the district. As a clinical faculty member for Northeastern State University, he has helped mentor many current and future early childhood teachers. Mr. Cooper also holds great value in parent/teacher relationships. From leading family literacy nights in his classroom, to developing a classroom website, along with playing an active role in Central Elementary’s PTO, Mr. Cooper has made lasting connections with many families.
Throughout the years, Mr. Cooper has received a wide variety of awards and accolades, including Central Elementary’s Above and Beyond award, Who’s Who of America’s Teachers, and Educators, NSU’s Academic Achievement Award for excellence in Early Childhood education. He has also been the recipient of many grants for his classroom. Service to the community has been an important part of his classroom and beyond. Yearly classroom donations to the Salvation Army Angel Tree program help students understand the importance of helping others in need. Mr. Cooper has spent time volunteering for many community organizations including the Tulsa Autism Foundation and Emergency Infant Services, and Coweta’s Team Relief.
Mr. Cooper resides in Coweta with his wife Brandy and daughter Olivia. His hobbies include, camping, traveling, music, and spending time with friends and family.
2011-2012 State Teacher of the Year Finalist
Dr. Jill Steeley has found her love of teaching holds true no matter the grade level she teaches. Her 39 years of experience in kindergarten through college includes 5 years in Coweta Public Schools, teaching 2nd grade at Central Elementary. Additionally, she has taught in Broken Arrow Public Schools, Doniphan, Missouri Public Schools, and Oral Roberts University School of Education. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and a Doctorate in Education in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University. Her Master of Education degree in reading is from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.
Dr. Steeley’s certifications include elementary teacher, reading specialist, elementary principal, and middle school endorsements in language arts, science, and social studies. Recognized at the state level by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, she was named a finalist for the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Elementary Teaching in 2009 and 2010. She has earned national recognition through achieving National Board certification in early and middle childhood literacy. Over the years she has been name in nine Who’s Who publications. While at Oral Roberts University, Dr. Steeley was twice named Outstanding Faculty Member for the School of Education. She also received the Faculty Service Award for the School of Education, as well as the School of Lifelong Education. In 1990 she was voted Arrowhead Elementary School’s Teacher of the year in Broken Arrow Public Schools and a top ten district finalist that year.
Forest Ridge Baptist Church is Dr. Steeley’s church home, where she teaches the ladies’ class. She belongs to Broken Arrow Historical Society and Broken Arrow Alumni Association. She involves her 2nd grade class in community service through year-long donations to the Coweta Blue Star Mothers. She established a blood drive in honor of Ray Chapman, husband of Susan Chapman, a former faculty member at Central, and continues the drive as an annual event.
Scrapbooking, gardening, reading and writing are hobbies Dr. Steeley enjoys. Her publications include articles for children, professional articles and poetry.
Dr. Steeley’s husband, Clyde, is retired. Their adult children include their daughter, Cheryl, their son, Earl, and his wife Alesha. The Steeleys have six granddaughters and one grandson.
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
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
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
Mrs. Tracy Swarer
Ms. Pam Seaborn
Ms. Pam Seaborn