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Teacher of the Year: Gary Layman

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Megan Hays

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The 2017 Bartlesville High School Teacher of the Year is Gary Layman. Layman has been teaching for 26 years and though this is his first time as teacher of the year for the high school, this is not his first recognition for his teaching ability.

“I was the Mid-High Teacher of the Year way back, probably 12 years ago,” Layman stepped back into his room and looked up at a section of the wall with plaques and certificates. “It was for 2006-2007 teaching year.”

Many students are unfamiliar with how teachers are elected as teacher of the year. The entire staff of the high school votes for other staff members. Eventually the votes are counted and the finalists are then placed on another ballot for the staff to vote again on.

“It’s humbling to be able to represent all the teachers of BHS,” Layman said. “We are a community. Personal relationships, I think are important. I try to say hello to the other teachers and ask how things are going with them.”

Every year the Bartlesville High School makes an effort to honor its hard-working teachers and it then allows for those teachers to pass on their own advice to the upcoming teachers.

“Be prepared for the unexpected,” Layman said. “Things that are easy for you might not be for others. Think how to explain concepts in a different way.”

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