The Duncan Banner

Local News

November 14, 2012

Hurst named teacher of the year

DUNCAN — The Sandra Hurst who sat in a classroom in Duncan High School isn’t the same Sandra Hurst who was recognized as the teacher of the year for the 2012-13 school year.

Hurst, who received the district’s top teaching honor Tuesday, said a lot has changed since she was a DHS student. She has become more outgoing and has found her calling in challenging students as a DHS teacher.

When Hurst was named the teacher of the year, which occurred following an envelop opening by Superintendent Sherry Labyer, Hurst found herself speechless, something she admitted doesn’t happen often. After she found her words, she acknowledged the role teachers play in students’ lives, and the positive impact she is trying to have on the students.

“We do make a difference in these kids’ lives,” Hurst said.

As an English teacher, Hurst usually finds herself well-spoken. But following her recognition, she couldn’t think of anything original to say. In the most formulaic terms, she was honored and she was excited.

“Every cliché in the book,” Hurst said. “I’m really shocked. You never think you could possibly win.”

But she did win.

And it was the honor of teachers, family members and various other community members to go up and congratulate her following the ceremony. Her family appeared as all smiles, with the exception of her mother who was brought to tears with joy.

Hurst said her family helped to make the moment even more special for her because they were there to watch her recognition.

Prior to Hurst being named teacher of the year, Labyer and 2011-12 teacher of the year Maria Martinez talked about the importance of the ceremony.

“This is a really good day to honor teachers,” Labyer said. “There’s nothing better than to have peers choose them.”

That’s how the process worked.

Teachers at each site chose one educator to represent their school. Once all the nominees were chosen, district-wide teachers voted for who they wanted to be their teacher of the year.

Hurst has been through this process before. She was previously nominated for teacher of the year in 2010, although the honor went to Dede Lee, Will Rogers Pre-Kindergarten teacher.

The ceremony and alerting the teacher of the year candidates was something the Professional Development Committee was in charge of. Darla Skinner is this year’s president of the committee.

Usually the outgoing teacher of the year doesn’t get to speak much during the ceremony. But that changed this year. Martinez was asked to speak, to provide words of encouragement for this year’s nominees.

She used the word “pearl” to describe how unique and amazing great teachers can be. Each letter of the word also represented a quality Martinez found in all of this year’s candidates: “Precious,”  "Extraordinary," “Admirable,” “Rare,” “Lovely,” “Splendid.”

“I want to encourage all teachers to be pearls,” Martinez said.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 7-24 Rotary Mike Nelson 0087.jpg Nelson discusses Duncan’s water supply during Rotary meeting

    Duncan Vice Mayor Mike Nelson doesn’t think Duncan residents need to worry about the city’s water supply.
    Despite Stage 3 water rationing, which limits outdoor watering to midnight to 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, Nelson said the forethought of Duncan’s forefathers, who were also Duncan Rotary members, have created a backup system for the city.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-24 Douglass Pool Update 0081.jpg What’s dug up at cemetery goes down at spray pad project

       Dana Stanley knew just where to go to get fill dirt for the Douglass Park spray pad project -- the local cemetery.
       The city is building a splash pad on top of what used to be Douglass Pool, but  before that happens  a fairly large hole has to be filled.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrest for Duncan man

    Bail was set at $250,000 Wednesday for a Duncan man who was allegedly found to have two bags of methamphetamine and two bags of marijuana in his home.
    Duncan Police Officer Suzannahe Weir said she stopped Steven Fontinott, 62,  for a traffic violation on Saturday.

    July 24, 2014

  • Man drives drunk, rolls truck in the process

    A felony warrant was issued for a Marlow man who was allegedly found to have been driving drunkenly following a rollover accident on Nabor Road.
    Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Darin Carman said William Waller, 33, was pinned under the steering wheel of his truck and smelled of alcohol.

    July 24, 2014

  • Hard year for peaches doesn't dampen summer tradition

    A rusting, silver-colored water tower tells visitors to this rural town between Muskogee and Tulsa that they've come to the “Peach Capitol of Oklahoma.”
    Residents of Stratford, the state’s other self-proclaimed peach capital, might beg to differ. Even so, Porter is known for its peaches, and every year thousands of people flood this town of about 600 residents to taste and celebrate the local crop during the three-day Peach Festival.

    July 24, 2014

  • Gun and drugs found in man’s car as he flees

    Bond was set at $10,000 Wednesday for a Duncan man who allegedly left a pistol, four bags of methamphetamine, a bag of marijuana and paraphernalia in a car after running away from the vehicle.
    Duncan Police Officer Anna Van Dyck said Jahmar Sullivan, 31, opened the passenger door of the car he was riding in and fled while she was conducting a traffic stop on July 6.

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-24 WaterColor.jpg Artistic expression colors her world

    Sixteen-year-old Darien Vassella is a painting prodigy.
    The Duncan native took part in a two-day watercolor class at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center to further hone her talents.
    Vassella said her family realized she could paint when she took her first art class at 13. Since then, the young artist has sold three paintings.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nighttime run to benefit fight against exploitation

    Duncan’s second annual She Is Safe Run to the Dark 5K will be held at 9 p.m. on Friday.
    The run will be begin and end at Duncan Regional Hospital.
    She Is Safe is a non-profit organization committed to globally  preventing, rescuing and restoring women and girls from abuse and exploitation.

    July 24, 2014

  • That's kind of hot!

    Unexpected isolated thunder storms moved through Stephens County on Wednesday evening with areas receiving less than one-tenth of an inch of precipitation.

    July 23, 2014

  • City Council Water rationing specter suddenly produces a crowd

    The Duncan Council met again on Tuesday, as it does twice a month, but there was something different about the latest gathering -- there were more than a handful of people in the audience.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo