Grove teacher is state Teacher of the Year

Tuesday, September 21st 2004, 10:01 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Grove Lower Elementary School teacher Susan Illgen is Oklahoma's 2005 Teacher of the Year.

State Superintendent Sandy Garrett presented the award during a ceremony Tuesday at the State Fair in Oklahoma City.

Illgen is credited with developing a project she calls "HOPE." It stands for Happy learning experiences; Opportunities for children to succeed; Positive role models; and high Expectations for each student.

Illgen receives more than $8,000 in cash and stipends, use of a new car for a year, gasoline and other gifts.

She will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition.