(Mustang, Oklahoma – May 8, 2020) – As with numerous end of year traditions, the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutting of schools, changed the way that Mustang Schools has handled its Teacher of the Year (TOTY) process for 2019-2020. Originally the District was scheduled to hold its annual TOTY Banquet on Monday, March 30 at 6:30pm in the high school commons, but today, the tradition took on a new look as the District announced via social media their selection for the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year as Canyon Ridge Intermediate’s (CRI) Technology Teacher, Kevin Koch.
The announcement, which aired at noon through the @MustangSchools Facebook Page, and was part of the Teacher Appreciation Week activities, began with a music video of sorts, that highlighted each of the seventeen candidates for the honor followed by a message from Superintendent Charles Bradley announcing Koch as the honoree. “[Kevin] embodies the Bronco Spirit,” Bradley said. “He loves kids, loves his job, and it shows. We had seventeen wonderful and deserving candidates for our District Teacher of the Year, and this was not an easy decision, but Kevin is a great representative of what it means to be a Bronco.” Additional posts followed depicting the virtual staff meeting where Koch and his colleagues were informed of his new title, and congratulations from Canyon Ridge Principal, Kathy Blackwell, and assistant principal, George Meiwes.
Koch graduated in 1998 from Tulsa Union High School before venturing to the University of Oklahoma where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 2003. His first teaching job was in Mustang, and he has never looked back. He began his career at Mustang Creek Elementary as a 4th and 5th grade teacher before moving to CRI in 2013 to teach technology. "The positive experiences that I have had with my education and the close relationships that I developed with my teachers have had a profound effect on my life,” he said. “The best thing about Canyon Ridge is the people; from the administration to the teachers, assistants, all the way down to the students, the people in this building are the best. I hope to have the same positive effect on my students and inspire them to get the most out of their education so that they may be successful in their lives.” One student who was interviewed for this process certainly indicated that he is accomplishing that goal as she said that “Mr. Koch makes learning fun! He teaches us cool ways to remember things which we actually use during our other classes.”
Koch’s principal, Kathy Blackwell, said that “Kevin brings an enthusiasm and sense of fun [to Canyon Ridge], and takes things to new heights. His impact on the culture of our school is immense.” Assistant Principal George Miewes added that “if I were a student, I would want to be in his class! He is so helpful and the kids love being in his class.”
“We are very proud of all of our seventeen candidates, and are fortunate to have them as representatives of Mustang Public Schools, Superintendent Bradley said. “The excellence that they exhibit each day, their caring for our students, and their willingness to go above and beyond are the epitome of what it means to be a Mustang Bronco.”
2019-2020 MPS Teachers of the Year were eligible for the District TOTY Honor:
About Mustang Public Schools
The Mustang Public School District covers over 72 square miles in Oklahoma and Canadian counties with the City of Mustang at its center. The district is the largest employer in Canadian County, with more than 1,000 certified and support employees. Voted one of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces for the past two years, the school district offers a comprehensive compensation package for full-time employees, in addition to a satisfying working environment. There are eight elementary schools (grades PreK-4), three intermediate centers (grades 5-6), three middle schools (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12), and an educational center which houses pre-kindergarten and alternative education.
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