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Elizabeth Hoggatt Named 2019 District Teacher of the Year
The Norman Public School District tonight announced Elizabeth Hoggatt, English teacher at Norman High School, as the district’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. She began her teaching career in Norman and has been with the district 10 years.
Hoggatt was selected through a competitive process, coordinated by the district’s Staff Development Committee. After being selected as the Teacher of the Year for Norman High School, 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.
“At the core of who I am is an inherent curiosity about the world and commitment to social justice,” Hoggatt says. “These two values have shaped the deeply reflective, introspective, and empathetic teacher I aim to be every day. I believe learning happens when students feel safe, valued, and trust that their ideas, both intellectual and otherwise, matter.”
Hoggatt is an active leader in the Norman High school community and the district as a whole. She has served as a presenter at numerous professional development conferences including Norman Public Schools’ new teacher induction and serves as a mentor and role model for early service teachers in the district.
“Elizabeth is an exceptional teacher and we’re delighted to have her in our district,” said Dr. Nick Migliorino, superintendent of Norman Public Schools. “Her ability to foster critical thinking and engagement in her students is remarkable and truly inspiring. Like so many great educators, Elizabeth has that unique aptitude to make her students feel valued and to be confident enough to explore the world around them with open minds.”
Seasoned educators, as well as those who are just entering the profession, were also recognized. The district’s Rookie Teacher of the Year, Tyler Overton, accepted the award for his excellence as a first-year Pre-K music teacher while Michelle Scuccimarri of Dimensions Academy was named the district’s Special Education Teacher of the Year.
The district also named Nancy Sebestyen as the Lois Annesley Support Employee of the Year. Sebestyen, the office assistant at Truman Elementary, has been with the school for nearly 20 years and was chosen from a group of six award-winning finalists from different departments across the district.
The Norman Public School District’s Celebration of Excellence event is made possible through contributions from sponsors such as Trae Young and the Young Family, Landers Chevrolet of Norman and Factor 110.
The Teacher of the Year and finalists, as well as other award winners, are also also beneficiaries of prizes donated by many generous sponsors, which include the OEC, Scott Martin and Family, BancFirst, Norman Regional Health System, Arvest Bank, 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, Mitchell’s Jewelry, Ideal Homes, Steve Owens and Associates, United Way of Norman’s Education Council, and more.