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EPS Launches New Teacher Award

Posted Date: 10/01/2019

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EPS Launches New Teacher Award

Enid Public Schools is launching a new award for teachers, thanks to the
generosity of Dan and Karen Randall.

The Excellence for All Award will honor teachers who go above and beyond to ensure the individualized needs of their students are met. EPS is currently accepting nominations for Garfield & Longfellow teachers during the month of September. (Please see timeline for nominations below.)

“We are so grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Randall for sponsoring this monthly award,” Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd said. “Our teachers work hard every day to ensure all children reach their greatest potential. It is wonderful to have an award to recognize them for their efforts and dedication. It is even more meaningful when the award is made possible by generous and supportive members of our community.”

Floyd said the award will recognize those who personify the district’s 2019-2020 motto: Excellence for All.

“Some students are working to overcome language barriers, while others face the adversity of a learning disability. Some students require the rigor of more challenging curriculum, while others need extra support to deal with traumatic events in the lives,” Floyd said. “Every student is different, and – for Enid Public Schools – all means ALL. We want to recognize teachers for their commitment to all students.”

Mr. and Mrs. Randall, who attended EPS schools during their educational careers, have been longtime supporters of the school system, its teachers and its students. They also have been active in the community, making it an even better place to work, to live and to learn.

Mr. Randall said this new award is intended to honor teachers, who are giving of their time, their talents and their resources to make a difference for their students.

“Teachers impact the lives of everyone,” he said. “It takes a special person to share their knowledge, and often share a portion of their own funds, to equip and run the classroom for the students. Teachers are NOT paid what they are worth. This is an issue we all need to address now. A quality education -- Excellence for All -- can open so many doors making the lives of the students, their family, friends and all a better world.”

Two $500 awards will be granted to two teachers from different schools each month. The funds will be available to assist with classroom needs, materials, supplies and activities.

Schools will be honored in the order of their socioeconomic need, based on their free- and reduced-lunch percentages:

September – Garfield & Longfellow
October – Monroe & Coolidge
November – Adams & McKinley
December – Emerson & Enid High School
January – Taft & Hoover
February – Glenwood & Hayes
March – Waller & Prairie View
April – Eisenhower & Carver
May – Lincoln

Students, parents and community members may nominate teachers by visiting: Nominators will be asked, among other questions, to share stories of how the teacher exemplifies the district’s “Excellence for All” motto.

Once the winner for each school is selected, the awards will be presented to the teachers in their classrooms so that their students can cheer for their good works, along with the community.

The Dan and Karen Randall Excellence for All Award is one of four monthly teacher awards currently granted to EPS teachers. Others include the K/H Financial Back-A-Teacher Award; the TPI Services Amazing Teacher Award; and the Emergency E Award.