The Edmond Sun

July 10, 2013

North teacher among 12 state teacher of year finalists

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

OKLA. CITY — From a field of more than 500 candidates, Edmond’s Peter L. Markes has been selected as one of the 12 finalists for the 2014 State Teacher of the Year.

Edmond North High School’s orchestra teacher will be representing Edmond Public Schools in the final selection. Markes is an eighth- through 12th-grade string orchestra and Advanced Placement music theory teacher with 12 years experience, 11 of them in his present position.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi made the announcement on Wednesday during the State Department of Education’s Vision 2020 conference at the Cox Convention Center Arena.

“The happiest part of my job is being able to notify 12 very excited finalists that they have been nominated for the highest teaching honor in our state,” Barresi said. “These teachers have demonstrated their superior devotion to children in their classrooms and a great deal of talent in giving their students the knowledge and thinking skills that will help them succeed both in and beyond the school environment.”

Markes said being selected for the top 12 continues to be a humbling honor to be chosen for this recognition.

“The process toward teacher of the year is, of course, a lifelong process, but the most recent interviews and essays have truly focused my thought process on how and what I do, and I appreciate the opportunity,” Markes said. “I am continually thankful to our students, parents, colleagues and administrators for their unending support.”

Markes was named the Edmond Teacher of the year in April. He was chosen from a field of 24 site teachers who were selected by their faculty to represent each of the Edmond schools. Barresi is scheduled to announce the winner in September during the Oklahoma State Fair. The winner will spend the year as Oklahoma's "Ambassador of Teaching" and will receive more than $50,000 in cash and donated prizes.