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Cheryl Tate, third-grade teacher at Woodland Hills Elementary School, accepts the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in in Elementary Teaching during the 28th annual Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic Awards Banquet in Norman May 17. The award is presented to only one Oklahoma educator at the elementary teaching level. The Academic Awards Banquet, which features a keynote address by best-selling author and Harvard Professor Robert Putnam, will be televised statewide at 8 p.m. today on OETA.

LPS teacher of year receives Medal for Excellence at banquet

Program will be aired today on OETA

Lawton Public Schools 2014 Teacher of the Year Cheryl Tate was honored with the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Elementary Education at the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic Awards Banquet May 17 in Norman.

Tate, a third-grade teacher at Woodland Hills Elementary School, has been teaching for 35 years. She holds a master's degree in reading education and has been heavily involved in Great Expectations, Literacy First and The Leader in Me, three influential educational movements. 

Tate makes community service an integral part of her curriculum, annually hosting a singing Valentine fundraiser and letting students research and choose a worthy charity. Past proceeds have supported a prosthetic leg for a former student battling cancer, helped provide a drug dog for the Comanche County Sheriff's Department and supported Food 4 Kids, the school district's food backpack program for hungry children.

Tate will represent the district in the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year competition later this year.

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