Education spotlight: Katie Burgess

Katie Burgess

Tell us about your educational highlight, honor or accomplishment. What is it and how did you do it?

The Teaching and Leading Initiative of Oklahoma recognized 20 teachers across the state who have taught two years or less. I was nominated by another teacher from McAlester School District to receive this. After I was notified that I had been nominated, the process included submitting information about myself and what I do in my classroom to be judged by a panel of educators within the state.

Why is this accomplishment important for you?

This award means a lot to me because I am actually an alternative teacher. I didn’t graduate college with a degree in education. After I graduated, I took the required courses and tests and became certified to teach. Last year was the first year I had ever been in a classroom teaching and it felt amazing to be recognized for the hard work I put in to get to this point.

How much did you have to work to accomplish this goal or honor?

I love teaching and being in my classroom around my students so much that it didn’t feel like I “worked” at all. When I was submitting my information to the panel, I made it as genuine as I could. If I was to be judged, I wanted it to be based off of who I truly am and how my classroom is structured.

What plans do you have for the future?

Within the next three years, I plan to get a Masters degree in Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. I also will continue to coach and hopefully lead our cheerleaders to a state championship.

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