Frontier Elementary Speech Pathologist Emily Boyett is among the top 12 finalists for Oklahoma’s next Teacher of the Year. Her selection as a finalist was announced by the Oklahoma State Department of Education on Oct. 12 at the Oklahoma History Center.

head shot of Emily Boyett

In her work at Frontier, Boyett uses devices and innovative teaching techniques to assist students, some of whom are non-verbal.

“Effective educators are flexible and innovative, adapting to meet the various needs of their classroom,” Boyett said. “They know and remember their ‘why’ and find joy in the most difficult of days or in the smallest of their student’s achievements. My philosophy of teaching is that every human, no matter how physically or cognitively involved or complex, deserves the freedom of self-expression and the dignity of inclusion and acceptance.”

The 2023 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year will be named in March. Beginning July 1, the honoree will assume full-time Teacher of the Year duties, which include speaking engagements and serving as Oklahoma’s ambassador for teachers. Teacher of the Year finalists are selected by a cross-section of leading educators, lawmakers and civic leaders representing all regions of the state.

“These finalists represent some of the top teaching talent in Oklahoma,” said Joy Hofmeister, state superintendent of instruction. “They are exceptional individuals who have a tremendous heart for their students and an unwavering dedication to the teaching profession.”