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February 06, 2019

Oklahoma Delegation Supports Oklahoma Teacher for National Teacher of the Year

U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and James Lankford (R-Okla.), along with Congressman Kevin Hern (R, OK-01), Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R, OK-02), Congressman Frank Lucas (R, OK-3), Congressman Tom Cole (R, OK-04) and Congresswoman Kendra Horn (D, OK-5) led a letter to Ms. Zevely of the Council of Chief State School Officers in support of Oklahoma’s Donna Gradel, who was nominated for the 2019 National Teacher of the Year.

“We write in strong support for the nomination of Donna Gradel of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, for the 2019 National Teacher of the Year,” the delegation wrote. “This profound honor would be well deserved for Ms. Gradel who has dedicated almost three decades of her life to her students and their academic success.

“As the 2018 Teacher of the Year from Oklahoma, Ms. Gradel continues to impress us and … continues to be a standard-bearer for educational excellence.”

A copy of the letter is available here and pasted below.

February 5, 2019

Emily Zevely

Council of Chief State School Officers

One Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Suite 700

Washington, D.C. 20001

Dear Ms. Zevely:

We write in strong support for the nomination of Donna Gradel of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, for the 2019 National Teacher of the Year. This profound honor would be well deserved for Ms. Gradel who has dedicated almost three decades of her life to her students and their academic success. We fully understand the nomination process for National Teacher of the Year is rigorous and competitive, and we believe Ms. Gradel would make the Nation proud.

As the 2018 Teacher of the Year from Oklahoma, Ms. Gradel continues to impress us and her peers across the country. Her passion for education is reflected by the success of her students at Broken Arrow High School. Oklahoma is rich with passionate and dedicated educators and Ms. Gradel continues to be a standard-bearer for educational excellence.

Sincerely,



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