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Teresa Lansford

2018 District Teacher of the Year

The Norman Public School District tonight announced Teresa Lansford, teacher librarian at Lincoln Elementary, as the district’s 2018 Teacher of the Year. She began her teaching career in Norman more than 13 years ago and has spent the past six years at Lincoln.

Lansford, who is a National Board Certified teacher, was selected through a competitive process, coordinated by the district’s Staff Development Committee. After being selected as the Teacher of the Year for Lincoln Elementary, she submitted a comprehensive portfolio, participated in various interviews and produced a video that showcased her teaching skills and philosophy. She was one of six finalists for the award.

“My work is exciting because I get to create the future I want to see,” Lansford says. “I want to live in a society where people meet challenges with enthusiasm, problems with grit, and face all tasks with determination, patience and persistence. I craft the experiences students have in my library to make this happen.”

Known across the nation as a pioneer in the field of data curation in school libraries, Lansford uses data to reinforce and guide her work. She has been invited to share her expertise with colleagues throughout the United States, and has authored several journals on the topic.

Lansford also understands the importance of collaboration. She has partnered with the University of Oklahoma to provide an opportunity for third-grade students to work with ornithologists at the university to create nesting boxes, program solar-powered video cameras and provide a live stream of the activity occurring inside the box. She also has partnered with the public library system to expand opportunities for students who have special needs.

“Teresa is an incredible teacher librarian who has demonstrated exceptional innovation in her field,” said Dr. Nick Migliorino, superintendent of Norman Public Schools. “Her enthusiasm is infectious and students flock to her library to learn through technology, makerspaces and more. Every time I visit Lincoln I make a point to visit her library because she is always doing something new and exciting with her students. Librarians across the nation look to her for guidance, and she is a tremendous asset to our district.”

Lansford is a member of the American Association of School Librarians, the Oklahoma Library Association’s Gold Leadership Cohort, Oklahoma School Librarians and more. She has presented at national conferences and garnered nearly $100,000 in grants for her library programs.

Seasoned educators, as well as those who are just entering the profession, also were recognized. The district’s Rookie Teacher of the Year, Hannah Wahpepah-Harris, accepted the award for her excellence as a first-year Special Education teacher. Retirees were honored for their years of service.

The District also named Kris Moody as the Lois Annesley Support Employee of the Year. Moody, the lead nurse at Norman North High School, has been with the district more than six years and was also voted as the Health Services Employee of the Year by her peers for her commitment to administering health care to students. Support employees from across the district were nominated by their colleagues, and Moody was one of six finalists for the district award.

The Norman Public School District’s Celebration of Excellence event is made through contributions from sponsors such as MA+ Architecture, ADG, AIP, Arvest Bank and OEC. The Teacher of the Year and finalists also are beneficiaries of prizes donated by many generous sponsors, which include the NPS Professional Development Committee, the Norman Public School Foundation, Montford Inn, Riverwind, Lierman Graduate Services, Josten’s, Republic Bank & Trust, Legend’s Restaurant, Copelin’s Office Center, Bob Usry, Arvest Bank, United Way of Norman’s Education Council, and more.