Ardmore High School has earned plenty of recognition, but last weekend, their director was center stage. 

AHS Band Director Chauvin Aaron was awarded the Professional Oklahoma Educators’ 2019 Excellence in Education merit award for high school educators. Aaron was presented with the award at the Excellence in Education Awards Banquet in Oklahoma City last Saturday.  

“I was not expecting it at all,” Aaron said. “ When I was nominated, of course I went through the process of doing all the paperwork and filming the video.” 

Aaron said he was initially nominated by Tina Vercelli, another POE member at Ardmore City Schools. After the nomination, a lengthy application process ensued. Colleagues and supervisors wrote multiple letters of recommendation, and even former students were asked for letters. 

“I think they were wanting to see if you were effective in the classroom, as far as how well your students respond to your instruction, and how that lined up with what former students had to say and what your administrators have to say,” Aaron said.

Moving on to the next round involves a crew coming to nominees’ schools and filming them as they teach. The process began in Fall, and Aaron was named as one of seven finalists from around the state in January. 

“They had state senators and representatives there supporting this event, as well as support from the governor’s and lieutenant governor’s office” Aaron said. 

Former US Rep. J.C. Watts served as the keynote speaker during the event, and District 48 Rep. Tammy Townley attended. 

Aaron said he’s personally honored, but he sees the award as more than a personal recognition. 

“Our community is really buying into what we’re doing here with our fine arts department,” Aaron said. “I believe awards and things like that are not just a singular person’s. I wasn’t the person who earned it, I believe this is kind of our community and what they’ve decided to do.”