PRYOR, OK —
Pryor Public Schools is in an award season of their own, naming Teacher of the Year for each of the district’s schools.
Teacher of the Year for Jefferson Elementary School is Charissa Sharp.
“She is an amazing KDG teacher. I often tell her, if I could bottle her secrets and sell them,
I’d get rich really
quick,” said Jefferson Elementary School Principal Linda Tincher.
“My philosophy is to teach the whole child. This means that besides academics: one of the most important jobs of a kindergarten teacher is teaching the social skills the children will need to become good citizens. I want to advance my students in every way possible- through academics and social and emotional means. And I want them to have fun doing it,” said Sharp, an Oklahoma City University graduate.
Sharp said the most important part of teaching children is caring.
“It all begins with caring for children and what becomes of them. They have needs and wants, strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and a future that I will help mold,” said Sharp. “As long as caring is there, I can be angry with them, hurt by them, exhausted and generally unhappy with them and still teach them.”
“When I care, they care,” said Sharp. “Building this relationship enables my students to become less afraid of making mistakes.”
Sharp said that relationship is important as is showing the children respect and having high expectations for each child.
This mother of three said she wants children to be “active learners and disciplined and creative thinkers, to learn to make good choices and work cooperatively, and to be kind and responsible.”
“There are many things I want my students to know,” she said. “I want them to know that they can do anything. I want them to know that it’s okay to not always be successful, but you must try and work hard to do your best. I want them to know I will always care about them. I want them to take the very best parts of me with them.”
In selecting Teacher of the Year, each school accepts nominations, which are them placed on a ballot for staff vote. A Teacher of the Year for the district is then selected from the five schools.