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Central's Schaper named a District Teacher of the Month

posted Jun 19, 2018, 11:25 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jun 19, 2018, 11:26 AM ]

Dawn Schaper, a 7th Grade English/Language Arts teacher at Central Middle School, was named a Bartlesville Public School District Teacher of the Month for May by Arvest Bank and Oakley Chevrolet Buick.

In recognition of this honor, Ms. Schaper was presented with a plaque and a $300 check by Annah Fischer, Arvest Bank Marketing Manager, and David Oakley Jr., owner of Oakley Chevrolet Buick.

Ms. Schaper has 17 years of teaching experience. She has been teaching seventh grade English/Language Arts arts for four years.

It has always been easy for Ms. Schaper to connect with children and build rapport quickly. A teaching career puts that to the test, but also gives the opportunity to reach children who might otherwise feel separate or apart from their teacher.

“I have grown as a teacher, a mother, and a person because of my years in the classroom,” said Ms. Schaper. “I have learned not to take things personally, even when they are meant that way in the moment, to look at the world and situations through the eyes of others, to read a child and figure out what is most needed of me. At the heart of all... [are] the students themselves.”

Ms. Schaper feels her greatest contribution to education is the commitment to working collaboratively with everyone she can to make sure they are doing what is best for kids, such as by co-teaching, shared planning, and two-way communication. In this way, she believes she has helped to enhance the education and lives of many students.

Ms. Schaper frequently embarks on self-guided studies when ideas or processes come to her attention. Because of her reading and discussions regarding Response to Intervention (RTI), Ms. Schaper is now a part 
of the district committee to improve application of this method of helping students.

“An outstanding teacher is one who convinces a child he can do what is necessary and even motivates him to want to do the work to learn and grow,” said Ms. Schaper.

Bartlesville Public Schools is proud to join Arvest Bank and Oakley Chevrolet Buick in honoring Ms. Dawn Schaper as a Bartlesville Teacher of the Month.

Dawn Schaper
David Oakley Jr., owner of Oakley Chevrolet-Buick (left) and Annah Fischer, Arvest Bank Marketing Manager (right) congratulate Dawn Schaper, 7th Grade English/Language Arts teacher at Central Middle School, for being selected a Bartlesville Teacher of the Month for May. In recognition of this honor, Mr. Oakley and Ms. Fischer visited Central Middle School to present Ms. Schaper with a plaque and a $300 check.