Gary Layman, Amber Feeback honored in annual Teacher of the Year ceremony

Rachel Brown

Bartlesville Public Schools named Kristin Flick, a second grade teacher at Wayside Elementary as the 2017 Bartlesville Teacher of the Year in a ceremony held in the fine arts center on Tuesday evening. High school teachers Gary Layman and Amber Feeback were honored with the titles of Bartlesville High School Teacher of the Year and Bartlesville High School Rising Star.

Layman was presented by former student, Russell Drummond. Drummond used humor over Layman’s skill at lazer tag to give an example of the fun memories he has of Layman.

Neither of the nominees from the high school won, but the nominees were given cash awards from the Schmoldt family.

Other winners include Shawn Hemminger, special education teacher at Central Middle School, as Rising Star, Cherisa Neal and Jacob Good were awarded the Rookie Teachers of the Year. Terry Reynolds, a physical education teacher at Madison Middle School, received the Kurt Schmoldt Teacher Appreciation award.

This year a new award, the Carolyn Findlay-Standridge Memorial Award for Special Education was awarded to Nancy Nagele. This award was created in memory of Caroyn Findlay- Standridge by her close friends and family.

“This job is a way of life more than just a profession,” Flick said. “Everything is done with a purpose in mind, to reach a person or a goal. Seeing a child accomplish something or a skill that they’ve been working at and the sense of accomplishment that they feel doing that lets me know that I’m doing the right things and it keeps me coming back for more and better ways that I can help these kids.”