December 2016 Teacher of the Month
Putnam City Schools 2015 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Carla Young.
Pictured with Superintendent of Putnam City Schools, Dr. Fred Rhodes, Carla was chosen for this award because of her commitment to children, her commitment to leadership, and her commitment to excellence.
Her recognition of the unique needs of each child, and willingness to be goofy with them creates a safe space where children feel comfortable asking tough questions, knowing they’ve got an adult on their side. Carla regularly attends school events in which her students participate because she knows that building strong relationships with students is the foundation of their academic success and reveals her commitment to them.
Carla is a building leader at Putnam City West, having served as the science department chair for over 10 years, and leads the entire staff in monthly professional development on the Marzano evaluation model used in our district. She has completed over 300 hours as an administrative intern, giving her additional facets of leadership which benefit her students.
Carla is committed to excellence. She is yet another example of a teacher who is willing to put in more than just an 8 hour day to improve her school community and her students’ lives. She has a master’s degree in ESL, and though that is not what she teaches, it increases her effectiveness in the classroom greatly. She spends her summer month at Advanced Placement courses and other professional development opportunities to further enhance her skills.
The Next Rotary After Hours will be Dec 15th in the home of Jerry & Carleen Burger. Please RSVP if you are planning to attend.
Mark your calendars for the Annual Winter Party to be held on Jan. 17th in a fabulous new home in Gaillardia.
Please remember to complete the OnePledge/Project form. Contributions will support purchase of a van for El Sistema and various specified club projects.
This coming Friday, December 9, is our Club’s day to ring the bell for the Salvation Army which has been a club tradition since 1943. If you haven’t already signed up, please do so. The weather forecast is supposed to be cold so bundle up in your coat, hat and muffler, don’t forget your gloves and let’s do our part to help people in our community who are less fortunate.
A big thank you to the Legal/Ballot Committee chaired by Mike Palmer and Blair Naifeh for initiating a very successful electronic election-more members voted this year than ever before. Also many thanks to the Nominating Committee chaired by Clayton Taylor for selecting an outstanding group of Rotarians to run for election of the leadership of our Club.
The results are:
Foundation Director: Cynda Ottaway
Club 29 Directors: David Walters
Sergeant-at-Arms: Larry Stone
Secretary: Ann Ackerman
Asst. Treasurer :Lesli Massad
President-elect: Tom Phillips
In the News
Kay Floyd received the Elected Women of Excellence Award For 2016. The award is to honor the hard work and dedication of women leaders from across the country.
Cori Loomis was featured in the Q&A column in the Oklahoman last week discussing Directors and Officers liability coverage and individual accountability.
Brian Jackson was featured on the Discover Oklahoma TV program talking about his business, Woody Candy Company.