Stigler teacher recognized at State of the State Address

Oklahoma City_PRESS RELEASE_Stigler Elementary teacher Valerie Lewis was recognized as one of Oklahoma's top teachers at the annual State of the State speech on Monday, February 4.

Lewis, a distinguished third grade teacher at Stigler Elementary School, was recognized in October 2007 by USA Today as part of their 2007 All-USA Teacher Team.  This team included the top 20 Kindergarten-through-12th grade teachers from across the country.

Lewis attended the State of the State address as a special guest of Governor Henry.

"Valerie Lewis is an inspiration not only to her students, but to all Oklahomans," said Governor Henry.  "To overcome the challenges she has faced and be named one of the top 20 educators in the nation is truly remarkable.  Her students, the community of Stigler and the state of Oklahoma are fortunate for her service in the classroom."

State Rep. Ed Cannaday (D-Porum) describes Valerie as a teacher who is very committed to the success of her students.

"The dedication of Valerie Lewis is evident in her philosophy of teaching, which holds that 'there is no such thing as a child without the potential for success,'" said Cannaday.  "Her classes are so engaging that students are fearful of missing school, thinking that they may miss some special approach to learning that day."

Cannaday says Lewis encourages a positive atmosphere in her classroom by having the students draw names each week and fill out positive traits about that student each day and this information is later shared with the class.

"As her State Representative, I consider it an honor to have her as a constituent," said Cannaday.

The State of the State address is given each year by the governor of Oklahoma.  Governor Brad Henry delivered the annual address Monday, February 4 at 1 p.m. in the Oklahoma House of Representatives Chamber located at the Oklahoma State Capitol.