A Broken Arrow teacher is headed to the national Hall of Fame.
The National Teachers Hall of Fame announced that Donna Gradel is the latest inductee. Gradel spent 24 years teaching science at Broken Arrow High School and is now an administrator at Summit Christian Academy.
"This is seen as an individual award, but if you're a teacher for any length of time you know that teaching is not an individual thing, that you have to have great students, you have to have great colleagues to work with, a great administration,” Gradel said.
Governor Kevin Stitt released a statement congratulating Gradel on her induction.
“Donna Gradel moved beyond the textbook by taking her classroom outside to partner with the city of Broken Arrow to clean public water and by taking the classroom to the world by developing a system to provide sustainable food sources for orphans in Kenya,” said Gov. Stitt. “She is a perfect candidate to be enshrined in The National Teachers Hall of Fame and show the country how Oklahoma can be Top Ten in education.”
The State Secretary of Education Ryan Walters also praised Gradel’s work and selection to the Hall of Fame.
“Donna Gradel exemplifies all of the characteristics of an excellent teacher,” said Walters. “Her knowledge of her subject area, passion for learning, and love for her students has had a tremendous impact on our state. She has moved the needle on what is possible for students in Oklahoma.”
Gradel was the 2018 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year and a finalist for National Teacher of the Year in 2019.