Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 9, 2013
Sen. Susan Paddack, Byng Superintendent Todd Crabtree, at the front
of the chamber, join the
Senatein giving National Teachers Hall of Fame inductee Deborah
Cornelison a standing ovation.
Cornelison is one of only five teachers nationwide chosen for the
Lawmakers honor Oklahoma teacher Deborah
Cornelison for National Hall of Fame induction
The State Senate has honored an Oklahoma physical
science teacher for being one of only five educators nationwide
to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. Deborah
Cornelison, a ninth-grade physical science teacher at Byng Junior
High School, was a guest in the Senate chamber on Thursday when
members honored her accomplishments with the passage of Senate Concurrent
Resolution 30, by Sen. Susan
Paddack and Rep. Todd Thomsen.
Cornelison has been teaching physics and chemistry since 1988.
She has a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree
in education, and is also nationally-certified in adolescent and
young adulthood science. She’s won numerous awards throughout
her career, including the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association
Teacher of the Year, the Oklahoma Science and Engineering Fair Hall
of Fame, Byng Teacher of the Year and has been a finalist for Oklahoma
Teacher of the Year. Cornelison also serves as the grant writer
and director for the Mathematics and Science partnership program
to help prepare more educators to teach science in the classroom.
Paddack said Deborah’s experience and dedication represent
the qualities of a National Hall of Fame educator.
“There is a push here in Oklahoma and across the nation to
improve our students’ math and science scores in order to
remain competitive globally. Having someone with Deborah’s
qualifications means her students are going to have the quality
instruction they need for success,” said Paddack, D-Ada. “But
she’s also mentoring other teachers so they can teach math
and science curriculum. This is exactly the kind of dedication we
need to help make sure Oklahoma’s children master the science
and math skills necessary to move our state forward.”
Thomsen also praised the Byng educator’s efforts to improve
and expand math and science education.
“Deborah’s passion for teaching has driven her to go
above and beyond what was expected or required. She’s making
a positive difference in the lives of her students and her fellow
teachers,” said Thomsen, R-Ada. “In sharing her enthusiasm
for science, she’s inspired students to pursue careers in
medicine, engineering and even education. Her induction into the
National Teachers Hall of Fame is a positive reflection on her work
and on professional educators throughout Oklahoma.”
Oklahoma Education Association President Linda Hampton called Cornelison
an incredible teacher.
“She is highly praised by her colleagues and students. I
have known her for over twenty years and have found her to be an
exemplary teacher,” said Hampton. “She is very deserving
of being selected as one of five in the nation to be inducted to
the National Teachers Hall of Fame.”
Cornelison said she was honored to be at the Capitol, and by her
induction into the National Teacher’s Hall of Fame.
“I’ve worked hard for a lot of years, but… my
message is that I am only representative of thousands of teachers
in Oklahoma that are so deserving,” Cornelison said. “We
appreciate your support of education—it’s our life work
and I thank you again for this honor.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Paddack: (405) 521-5541