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Teacher of the Year

Hayward Smith Elementary would like to congratulate the 2017-2018 Smith Teacher of the Year, Kaleigh Rice.  Mrs. Rice is in her 5th year in the district and is a 2010 graduate of  Owasso High School. She then completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the College of the Ozarks in Missouri.  She joined the Smith Elementary staff in the Spring of 2014, beginning her career as a 2nd grade teacher but recently felt led to move grades and is currently teaching 1st grade.  A bright and innovative teacher, Mrs. Rice brings enthusiasm and hard work to the classroom each and every day.  Her students are introduced to new and exciting concepts, delivered with a hands on approach.  Children are challenged to think outside the box as they grow as young learners.  Mrs. Rice believes in the philosophy "if it's right for kids, it's right."  Thank you Mrs. Rice for your dedication to the students at Smith Elementary and Congratulations on being Smith Elementary's Teacher of the Year!