More than 50 Ardmore and Plainview educators were recognized Monday afternoon during the first-ever Cornerstone Recognition and Rewards Ceremony at the Ardmore Convention Center. In total, local teachers were rewarded with $110,500 from the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone program.


More than 50 Ardmore and Plainview educators were recognized Monday afternoon during the first-ever Cornerstone Recognition and Rewards Ceremony at the Ardmore Convention Center. In total, local teachers were rewarded with $110,500 from the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone program.


Cornerstone is a public-private education initiative started by the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce to address improving student achievement in the Ardmore and Plainview school districts. Entering its third operational year, Cornerstone has received 79 percent of the $3.3 million pledged from private investors.


Cornerstone’s main objective is to provide help to Ardmore and Plainview schools through three different avenues including improving student achievement, attracting and hiring teachers and administrators in high-demand positions through the use of signing bonuses and recognition and rewards for outstanding educators.


“It is critical that we retain our best teachers and administrators,” Cornerstone Director of Student Achievement Philip Black said. “While there is increasing pressure for these individuals to perform at high levels of competence, little is done to recognize those who hold themselves accountable and perform at high levels of expertise.”


Monday’s ceremony included both team rewards, as well as rewards to individual teachers.
“By rewarding teachers in a specific subject, grade or school for overall gains in student achievement, Cornerstone will encourage individual teachers to share information and strategies that can assist students in meeting performance targets,” Black said.
Educators recognized Monday afternoon included:


Myiesha Antwine, Mary Butler, Amanda Cramer, Debra Fields, Linda Hines, Brenda Jagger, Jelana Mosley, Christy Parham, Brook Parker, Misti Sprouse, Melinda Wallace, Polly Wilson, Brooke Reed, Lisa Lemmons, Debby Ritter, Linda Bloodworth, Larry Ensminger, Lori Hoke, Chase Henson, Trish Brown, Larry Buck, David Jones, Robin Davis, Creede Tibbs, Will Montgomerie, Stacy Marsh, Brandi Naylor, Alyssa Allen, Stacy Scarbrough, Marla Winnard, Debra Glasscock, Dana White, Lynette Edmonds, Tony Willoughby, Brent Hackney, Vicki Almon, Sheree Serrano, Kim Beard, Ginger Brandenburg, Starla Newby, Courtney Owens, Dana Watterson, Betsy Dickerson, Kim Moore, Jacque Jones, Steve Wright, Lee Mays, Sandy Bloodworth, Charles Hatfield, Martha Collings, Christy Parham, Melinda Wallace, Christy Sudderth, Mary Lynn Woods, Shelly Clements and April McKendrick.


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