Something to Sing About (video)

About 200 people got together at the Will Rogers Theatre in Oklahoma City to honor Meredith Ziegler, 26, as Oklahoma City Public School‘s Teacher of the Year.

The vocal music teacher at Wilson Arts Integration Elementary School has something new to sing about: a new car!  Randall Reed Ford donated a brand new 2014 Ford Escape.  She will also receive a classroom grant worth $1,500.  Todd Ritz, General Manager of Randall Reed Ford said, “It’s simply amazing when you think of all that our teachers do for our children day in and day out.”

Zeigler New Car

Todd Ritz, General Manager of Randall Reed Ford, presents Meredith Ziegler with a new Ford Escape.


The Oklahoman reports that Zeigler also directs the apprentice choir for the Canterbury Choral Society and is working on her masters degree at the University of Oklahoma.

Other 2014 Finalists included:

  • Matt Ross, Northwest Classen High School
  • David Helm, Capitol Hill High School
  • Kimberly Massicotte, John Marshall High School
  • Bettie Shadoan, Monroe Elementary School
  • Carrie Snyder-Renfro, Oklahoma Centennial Mid-High School
  • Mary Tran, Northeast Academy for Health Sciences and Engineering Enterprise

Each finalist received a $750 classroom grant.

(Top photo credit: M.Tim Blake/The Oklahoman)

Touchdown for Teachers (video)

This year’s  Touchdown for Teachers grand prize winner was Jeff Dinse, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at North Park Junior High School.  The Union-Sun & Journal (Lockport, NY) reports that Mr. Dinse had produced a video that celebrates the cultural diversity of his school’s population.  The video, based on the song, “All Kinds of Kinds” by Miranda Lambert, has gotten more than 70,000 hits on YouTube and even captured the attention of Lambert herself, who mentioned it on her Twitter feed.

Here’s the award-winning video:

The Buffalo Bills professional NFL football team honored five teachers for their outstanding service to their schools and communities.  The finalists were selected by a panel of community members and school officials, with the help of staff from the Buffalo Bills and the main sponsor, M&T Bank.  For the past five years, the “Touchdown for Teachers” program had been done during the Fall, but this year it was moved to the Spring season, to correspond with the NFL Draft.

Mr. Dinse received $2,000 in grant funds for his school, a behind the scenes experience with the football team, an in-class visit from a player, and tickets to the Draft Day party.

In November 2013, Buffalo Bills Defensive End Mario Williams visited the classroom of last year’s winner Patrick Wirth at Union Pleasant Elementary School, in Hamburg, NY.

Image Source: Patrimonio Designs / Dollar Photo Club