State lawmakers from Tulsa area congratulate Union math teacher for national honor


Source: Oklahoma State Senate

Oklahoma senators Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, Dave Rader, R-Tulsa,  Joe Newhouse, R-Tulsa, and  John Haste, R-Broken Arrow, released the following statements congratulating Union High School math teacher Rebecka Peterson on being named the 2023 National Teacher of the Year.

“Rebecka Peterson just brought the honor of National Teacher of the Year back to our state for the first time in nearly 60 years. We are so proud of all the work she has done here in Oklahoma and know she will continue to inspire many teachers and students as she advocates for education across the nation. Union Public Schools, the state of Oklahoma, and the entire nation is blessed to have her as a role model and as our National Teacher of the Year.” – Sen. Nathan Dahm

“Rebecka Peterson has not only proven her outstanding teaching abilities and classroom effectiveness but has also made a difference in the lives of many students. Her students have continually performed above national averages and have excelled in mathematics as a direct result of her instruction. She is incredibly deserving of this honor, and on behalf of the state of Oklahoma and our district, I’d like to congratulate her for being named National Teacher of the Year.” – Sen. Dave Rader

“What I find most inspiring about Mrs. Peterson is that she has encouraged 11 of her former students to pursue careers as educators. Her impact on Oklahoma education will be recognizable for years to come as she continues to promote positivity, inspire future teachers and implement new strategies that ensure student success.” – Sen. John Haste

“We are extremely proud of Mrs. Rebecka Peterson for being named National Teacher of the Year. Her commitment to Oklahoma education is truly inspiring and a model for teachers across the state. I wish her the best of luck as she travels Oklahoma and the nation over the next year to share positive stories of her students and fellow educators.” – Sen. Joe Newhouse

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