Oklahoma State Department of Education named Kari Rhoden as one of 12 finalists for the State Teacher of the Year Award. Kari’s career in education started 24 years ago. She has taught 3rd grade, 2nd grade, and Kindergarten during her 18 years at Oklahoma Union. Kari then moved to Oologah Lower Elementary where she has taught Kindergarten and then transitioned to her current position as a Pre-K teacher, for the past five years. The 2019-2020 school year will mark her 7th year as a Mustang.
“We are so proud of Kari and her commitment to students. She works to help our youngest learners enter our school system and be successful,” said Crysti York, Oologah Lower Principal.
When ask about her career, Kari said, “I wanted to become a teacher because I knew that every day I would be able to make a difference and impact children’s lives. My desire to teach in Oologah was fueled by the district’s reputation for excellence and recommendations of students’ parents, previous/current employees, and friends. I love being a part of OTPS because not only do we care about our students and their success, but also about each other. I am proud to be part of the Mustang family in a hometown atmosphere where all parts of our community and school join together as one!” Kari and her husband, Shane, have five children (Tyler, Kelcie, Zachary, Nicholas, and Grace).
We are proud to have Kari represent our Mustang Family. This is the second time Oologah has had a finalist in the past three years.