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2019 Lakehoma Teacher of the Year

Ayrial Lawhon, a first grade teacher, was named Teacher of the Year for Lakehoma Elementary. Lawhon has been with Mustang Public Schools and a teacher for six years. This is her second year at Lakehoma. 

Lawhon knew when she was in elementary school that she would be a teacher. Every day when she arrived home, her toys and little sister were her pupils as she taught her own classes. 

“My passion for teaching continued after I had so many wonderful teachers who made such a significant difference in my life,” she said. “My teachers were some of my biggest fans and they never let me give up. I, in return, wanted to be that teacher for other children. I hope to be the teacher that they remember who continuously encouraged them to never give up on their goals.” 

For Lawhon, teaching elementary, particularly first grade, was the obvious choice.

“I love the developmental stage they’re in,” she said. “First grade students still give you lots of hugs and make you notes. They get so excited to learn and have such creative minds.”

The students arrive in her classroom in August at all different skill levels. There are some who struggle to recognize letters. By the end of the year, they are stringing together words. An “Ah-ha!” moment for her students is her favorite part of teaching.

Lawhon remembers one student who loved to write, but lacked confidence.

“That year, I continuously worked with him and pushed him by having him write books and poems,” she said. “He struggled a lot at first and kept trying to give up because he didn’t think his books would be any good. At the end of the year he was creating books continuously and sharing them with his class."

He still sends her books he has written through the district’s inter-office school mail.

“I chose to become a teacher to make a difference in students lives,” she said. “I hope to encourage them no matter what they want to be some day whether it’s a student who is great at art and wants to be an artist one day, a football player, or a doctor. I hope to be the person that someone needs a hug from, a smile, or told that I love them. I want to be one of their biggest cheerleaders and help them to accomplish their goals whatever they may be.”
About Lakehoma

Lakehoma Elementary was the third Mustang elementary school, which was built in 1978. The principal was Mr. Larry Bruce. Our school secretary was Mrs. Sandy Jantz. Mrs. Vickie Hadlock was our cafeteria manager. Our custodian was Mr. Melton. That year we were home to 428 students:
58 Kindergarten students (Mrs. Knippers, Mrs. Stewart); 89 First Grade students (Mrs. Armstrong, Mrs. Berry, Mrs. Howard, Mrs. Mayo); 72 Second Grade students (Mrs. Graham, Mrs. Owens, Mrs. Smith); 69 Third students (Mrs. Goodman, Mrs. Homan, Mrs. Purdy); 69 Fourth students (Ms. Hull, Mrs. Moen, Mrs. Schwartz); 71 Fifth Grade students (Mrs. Engel, Mrs. Fishburn, Ms. Holmes). The essential teachers were: Mrs. Maynard-Counselor; Ms. Wedman-PE; Ms. St.Cyr-Art; Ms. Burchett-Reading; Mrs. Crowder-Music; Ms. Prather-Library Media Specialist; Mrs. Womack-Learning Lab; Ms. O'Toole-Learning Lab.

For many years, Lakehoma served as a Kindergarten through 5th grade. As the years have changed, the school has grown and developed. Now Lakehoma currently serves students from Kindergarten to 4th grade. We are seeing some second generation students and it is so much fun to see the Lakehoma tradition continue.

We are a Great Expectations Model school. This means that we have been recognized by the character education program, Great Expectations, as having implemented the practices so thoroughly we are a model of their program.

Previous TOTY Winners
2017-2018      Kelly Bullard, 4th Grade 
 2016-2017 Amy Leochner, 1st Grade
2015-2016 Belinda Bennett, Kindergarten 
2014-2015 Amber Terrell, 4th Grade
2013-2014 Vikki Dodson, 2nd Grade
2012-2013 Sonya Glover, 1st/2nd Grade
2011-2012-Kendra Cope, Spec. Ed
2010-11 Melissa White, Counselor
2009-10 Terri Dill 4th Grade
2008-09 Mary Jane McDonald 5th Grade
2007-08 Jenny Prather 1st Grade
2006-07 Paula McCullough Reading Lab
2006-07 District Teacher of the Year Paula McCullough
2005-06 Kim Iraggi 5th Grade
2004-05 Liz Barber 3rd Grade
2003-04 Guy Walcher 5th Grade
2002-03 Linda Womack Spec. Ed.
2001-02 Jana Countryman 4th Grade
2000-01 Cheryl Burchett 1st Grade
1999-00 Laura Scalf 3rd Grade
1998-99 Rick Burroughs PE
1997-98 Ann Willett 5th Grade
1996-97 Paula McCullough 3rd Grade
1995-96 Kathy Neuenshwander 3rd Grade
1994-95 Ginger Jacob 3rd Grade
1993-94 Terre McDonald Music
1992-93 Judy Sternberger 4th Grade
1991-92 Pat Hildebrant 4th Grade
1990-91 Connie Graham 2nd Grade
1989-90 Linda Womack Spec. Ed.
1988-89 Paula McCullough 2nd Grade
1986-87 Earlyne Fishburn 5th Grade
1985-86 Pam McLaughlin 5th Grade
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