Teacher of Year nominees named

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Apr 25, 2013 - 8:53:17 AM

Two Marlow Elementary School teachers have been nominated for Marlow’s Teacher of the Year honors. The top teacher for the 2012-’13 academic year will be decided through a vote of their peers.
Lisha Collins
LISHA COLLINSLisha Collins was born in Denver, Colo., and attended elementary school in El Reno and junior high and high school in Marlow. Among her many activities were cheerleading, track, Student Council and gymnastics. She graduated from Marlow High School in 1979.
Afterward, Lisha took advantage of an opportunity to travel the United States teaching cheerleading clinics with the International Cheerleading Foundation. She then attended Oklahoma State University for one semester before marrying her high school sweetheart, Raymond Collins of Marlow. In 1983, she earned a bachelor’s degree in education from USAO in Chickasha.
The Collinses were blessed with two sons—Dagan, who is a firefighter for the City of Lawton, and Landon, who is a firefighter in Oklahoma City.
Lisha has taught first grade at Marlow Elementary for 29 years. She is a member of the Marlow Association of Classroom Teachers, the Oklahoma Education Association, and the National Education Association. She is an active member of the Chisholm Trail Church of Christ, where she teaches the cradle roll class. Other activities in which she has been involved include serving as a gymnastics coach, participating in mission trips (including a number to Nicaragua), and serving as a sponsor of church youth activities.
One of the role models who have influenced Lisha in her teaching career is her mother, Sharon Hornbuckle, who retired from teaching in the Marlow public schools. Lisha considers her an inspiration in teaching, as well as in life. She also credits her mentor teacher, Della Cobb, for teaching her never to give up on children.
Lisha believes that learning is a group effort between parents, teachers and schools. Each must guide children in finding happiness and security in their lives. Each must work together to enhance the student’s self-esteem, social development, and ultimately, his or her educational achievement.
If one were to ask her, Lisha would say that teaching young children is a new adventure each day. She would say that she is delighted to witness the excitement of children reading their very first words or books, as well as composing their very first sentences or messages. Lisha considers herself blessed to have an opportunity to teach, as well as to learn from, her students daily.
Terrie Keck
Terrie Keck is a graduate of Durant High School and holds a bachelor of science and TERRIE KECK a master of education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant.
Her tenure in the teaching profession has spanned 35 years, during which time she has taught in Broken Bow; Mount Vernon, Texas; Lawton; and Marlow.
She is currently in her 26th year with the Marlow public schools, where she spent one year teaching special education and the last 25 in first grade. Other assignments through the years have been in special education, as well as third, fifth and sixth grades.
Terrie is a member of the Marlow Association of Classroom Teachers (MACT), the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA), and the National Education Association (NEA). She is currently serving her second term as the SW-C board director for the OEA and a common  school evaluator for the National Certification Accreditation for Teachers (NCAT) for colleges in Oklahoma.
She has been married to Bill Keck for 30 years; and they have two sons, Ryan and Tanner.
“Being a teacher is the most gratifying job in the world, but it is more than a job. Teaching is a passion,” Terrie notes.
“As teachers, we do much more than enter and leave when the bell rings. It’s proven every day with the obstacles that teachers are handed. I love the profession that I chose, and wouldn’t have done anything else,” she continued. “I come from a family of educators who believe in our profession.”